The Gutai Art Manifesto’s relationship to the Western Avant-Garde

In 1956 Japanese painter and avant-garde artist YOSHIHARA JIRŌ wrote a manifesto that would drive the art making of a group of young, energetic, daring young artists in Japan following the end of the Second World War. In the opening to his manifesto Jirō wrote: “To today’s consciousness, the art of the past, which on the whole… Read More The Gutai Art Manifesto’s relationship to the Western Avant-Garde

The Art of Ben Wilson and the Tradition of Outsider Art

One of my favorite courses to teach is a course on Outsider Art. This tradition lumps together several categories – contemporary folk art, art of the insane (we could start calling this art of  the cognitively divergent, one would suppose), the European Art Brut, and sometimes even graffiti and street paste-up art, but it can… Read More The Art of Ben Wilson and the Tradition of Outsider Art