CRAZY LOVE

ALOISE CORBAZ

“One artist in the Collection whom [Jean] Dubuffet [founder of the term “art brut,” and champion of art by “outsiders” such as psychiatric patients, convicts, and children] came to know well was Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964), an inmate of a mental hospital near Lausanne, whom he first met during his initial visit to Switzerland in 1945. […]

APPALACHIAN SUMMER

BILL MONROE AND HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS

When I set out for West Virginia this past June, I imagined  random groups of top-notch musicians on every streetcorner–maybe settin’ on bales of hay–tuning their fiddles, banjos and mandolins and just waiting for me to show up so they could launch into some insanely great version of “Highway of Sorrow” or “Footprints in the […]