Edward M Gomez
Art Projects
Ensayos escritos en el año 2015    
“Yoko Ono Sings As If Our Lives Depended On It: With Warzone, the artist revisits some of her older anthems, whose themes are more timely than ever.” Review of Ono’s new record album, which is characterized by a sense of hopefulness and foreboding, Hyperallergic, Oct. 27, 2018.
“Glimmers of Modernism from a 19th-Century Bordello: A brothel customer’s photographs of 19th-century prostitution, made with sympathy and imagination.” Review of an exhibition of photos by William I. Goldman and the related book, Working Girls (Glitterati Editions, 2018), Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, Hyperallergic, Sept. 15, 2018.
“Elaine de Kooning’s Old House is Art’s New Home: In East Hampton, the modern artist’s former residence is emerging as an unexpected cultural hub.” Review of an exhibition at an unusual new venue in the broader New York City metropolitan region, Hyperallergic, Sept. 8, 2018.
“A Pilgrimage to Art Brut’s Austrian Heart: An Austrian museum presents a wide-ranging survey of works made over almost 50 years by residents and other autodidacts associated with the Art Brut Center Gugging, near Vienna.” Review of a historical-survey exhibition at Museum Gugging, Hyperallergic, July 28, 2018.
“When the Spirits Guide the Hand: An intriguing exhibition focuses on art whose makers were compelled to create it by forces greater — and far beyond — themselves.” Review of a survey of drawings and paintings by American and European mediumistic artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, Hyperallergic, June 2, 2018.
“Outsider Art Comes to the Metropolitan Museum: The entry of works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation into the Met’s collection has prompted the museum to rethink the way it presents 20th-century art history.” Review of a presentation of works made by Black self-taught artists from the American South and acquired through a major donation/purchase, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Hyperallergic, May 26, 2018.


L'Art Brut du Japon, un Autre Regard / Art Brut from Japan, Another Look (Lausanne and Milan: Collection de l’Art Brut and Five Continents, 2018), catalog of an exhibition of the same name curated by Edward M. Gómez and presented at the Collection de L’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland, from Nov. 30, 2018 through Apr. 28, 2019. Bilingual, French-English catalog containing lead essay by E.M. Gómez, “Another Look at Art Brut from Japan Today.” See complete, published essay here, in side-by-side French and English texts (PDF), pages 16-39. Japanese-language edition of this catalog published as 日本のアール・ブリュット もう一つの眼差し [Nihon no aaru buryutto, mō hitotsu no manazashi] (Tokyo: Kokusho Kankōkai, 2018). Japanese version of Edward’s essay here (PDF), pages 12-25 in Japanese-language edition of the catalog. A complete bibliographic citation for each version of the essay appears in each PDF file.

« L’art qui affirme la vie : L’historien de l’art Edward M. Gómez présente une exposition centrée sur le Japon et milite pour un art brut mieux intégré aux canons de l’histoire de l'art » , interview by Aurélie Lebreau with Edward M. Gómez on the occasion of the presentation of the exhibition L’Art Brut du Japon, un Autre Regard / Art Brut from Japan, Another Look at the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland; published in La Liberté, a newspaper based in Fribourg, Switzerland, Jan. 5, 2019, pgs. 28-29; in French. See complete, published article here (PDF).
“Melvin Way Holds the Keys to the Universe: Melvin Way’s finely crafted, befuddling works demand to be understood on their own terms. But just what are they?” Review of a mini-retrospective of the career of the South Carolina-based, American outsider artist at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, Hyperallergic, Mar. 3, 2018.
“Peter Hujar’s Elegy for New York City in the 1980s: Hujar’s photographs document the effervescent creative spirit that pulsed through the East Village as the AIDS crisis unfolded.” Article about the life, work, and influence of Hujar, and review of a career-spanning exhibition of his photograhs at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Hyperallergic, Feb. 24, 2018.
“Luisa Rabbia’s Tiny Marks and Big Mysteries: With her series Love-Birth-Death, Rabbia addresses some of humanity’s most enduring, universal enigmas.” Article about Rabbia’s ideas, career history, and new paintings on view at Peter Blum Gallery, New York, Hyperallergic, Feb. 17, 2018.
“Rediscovering Edward Melcarth, a Gay, Communist Visionary: Kentucky-born artist Edward Melcarth dared to live as an openly homosexual man and did not hide his support for communism.” Article about Melcarth’s life and artistic career, and review of two exhibitions of his work on view in Lexington, Kentucky, Hyperallergic, Feb. 10, 2018.
“The Visible Language of Outsider Art: Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, an exhibition of illustrated texts by self-taught artists, feels so intimate that it seems to enter the creative process itself.” Preview of a show of works in which texts and images are entwined, American Folk Art Museum, New York, Jan. 21-May 27, 2018, Hyperallergic, Jan. 20, 2018.

“The 2018 Outsider Art Fair, a Preview,” exclusive report citing highlights of the 26th annual Outsider Art Fair, New York, Jan. 18-21, 2018, and summarizing trends in the specialized field on which it focuses, Hyperallergic, Jan. 13, 2018.

“Valton Tyler (1944-2017),” obituary of the Texas-based, visionary American artist known for bizarre, techno-baroque paintings, etchings and drawings, RAW VISION (U.K.), issue no. 96, winter 2017/2018, page 15. Click here to view this article in PDF form.

“Reappraising the ‘Outliers,’” feature critical article previewing the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, East Wing, Washington, DC, Jan. 28-May 13, 2018, RAW VISION (U.K.), issue no. 96, winter 2017/2018, pages 36-41. Click here to view this article in PDF form.

Komorebi: Art Brut Japonais,” review of an exhibition of Japanese self-taught artists’ works on view at le lieu unique, Nantes, France, Oct. 21, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018, RAW VISION (U.K.), issue no. 96, winter 2017/2018, page 65. Click here to view this article in PDF form.