Galleries: A long-forgotten artist, 1960s anarchy, and clay (

On May 11, 1967 – four days before the opening of a group show in Philadelphia that would feature his paintings and prints – 36-year-old James Brewton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The show, which also included the works of Thomas Chimes, Jim McWilliams, and Paul Anthony Greenwood, took place as scheduled, with Brewton’s suicide bringing it more attention from local critics than such a show might typically have received. Continue Reading »

« If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution » au Haverford College, Pennsylvanie (Zérodeux)

Various factions committed to various principles; passionate manifestos sparking bitter quarrels; and a suspicion of authoritarianism occasionally tarnished by alliances with governments, corporations, or other entities of power. To some extent, the history of anarchy reads like the history of the artistic avant-garde. What, then, prevents all art from being categorized as anarchist? Continue Reading »

Anarchist Art in the Gallery (Fifth Estate # 392, Fall/Winter 2014)

There is a common notion of the art world, a shared idea of what it is and what it is about. However, that also comes with a popular misconception: the perception of the art world as one, univocal concept when in fact there is a multitude of art worlds. Some intersect and overlap while others function isolated from the others, often informed by a number of opposing principles. Continue Reading »