Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, and Albert Mobilio

Jack Bilbo,

LONDON — Back in the 1970s, England, the home of such pioneering researchers in the outsider art field as Roger Cardinal and the late Victor Musgrave, played a significant role in calling attention to a subfield which, at that time, was still emerging within the art world’s international terrain.

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Keep Brooklyn Weird

by Lucas Fagen on September 20, 2014

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Parquet Courts have been compared to Wire, Television, the Velvet Underground, the Modern Lovers, Sonic Youth, the Feelies, the Fall, Minor Threat, Flipper, Guided by Voices, Archers of Loaf, Silkworm, of course Pavement, and I could go on.

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Jenny Holzer,

Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 14, 2014

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This week, Scotland’s Old Masters crisis, Anselm Kiefer’s 200-acre studio, Virginia Woolf and portraiture, Apple Watch buzz, ISIS think pieces, 10 important books in people’s lives, and more.

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Weekend Words: Park

by Weekend Editors on September 14, 2014

Karl Blechen,

It used to be that no one would venture below Houston Street without a police escort. Now the long-gone, hardscrabble artists’ neighborhood has graduated from million-dollar lofts to million-dollar parking spots.

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Beer with a Painter: Eric Aho

by Jennifer Samet on September 14, 2014

Eric Aho in his studio

When I first met Eric Aho in New Hampshire two summers ago, we were sitting in the grass in front of the bakery at Orchard Hill Farm. We bonded over the best bread in the world (really!) made by his former student at the Putney School, and the next day I visited his studio, just across the Vermont border.

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James Bishop’s Incommodious Beauty

by John Yau on September 14, 2014

James Bishop,

I have been waiting to see a large selection of James Bishop’s paintings since the mid-1970s, ever since reading John Ashbery’s appraisal in a secondhand copy of Art News Annual 1966.

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Chef Tatsuru Rai mixes buckwheat and water to make dough for soba

It was my last day in Copenhagen and I had already been to the zoo and was rushing to a tasting of mummified roe deer, fried bee larvae and moth cheese.

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Willem van Genk,

The first United States exhibition of Dutch artist Willem van Genk’s work at the American Folk Art Museum offers a comic counterpoint to the recent Futurist show at the Guggenheim.

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Hermann Nitsch,

Its Wikipedia entry calls it “a short and violent movement,” and even compared with the aesthetic extremes of the 1960s, the unrelenting art of Vienna Actionism stands apart. After the passage of fifty years, the questions it raised about the limits and origins of art remain no less troubling or closer to resolution.

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