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Who’s Afraid of Adolf Wölfli?

Who’s Afraid of Adolf Wölfli?

Some artists leave us tangled legacies– reputations tied up in creative theft, family feuds and unresolved estates. Others, like Adolf Wölfli, leave us a veritable Pandora’s Box for consideration. At a glance, Wölfli’s work oozes the sentiments of Psychedelic art; its kaleidoscopic swirls of colour look fresh off the Haight Ashbury, circa 1967. In truth, they’re the relics of a man orphaned in the 1800s, whose life was bookended by the abuse he both received and committed, and whose days were spent incarcerated at a Swiss mental hospital with schizophrenia.… Read the rest

Meriem Bennani’s Surreal Life

In this episode of Like Art, Moroccan-born artist Meriem Bennani takes us on one of her inspiration walks in New York City. Bennani creates short, absurdist videos based on appropriated and manipulated footage, which playfully undermine our assumptions about reality. She is also known for creating Fardaous Funjab, avant-garde hijab designer, a character who challenges Western views on Islamic culture. Bennani introduces host Oz Woloshyn to her world, revealing the way pleasure and humor inspire her work.… Read the rest