NAB Holds first NABLab
Lecture during Newburgh
Open Studios with speaker
Steven Lambert of C4AA
NAB Approved for Fiscal Sponsorship by Fractured Atlas
NAB Incorporates within
the state of New York
NAB Establishes itself in
Newburgh, New York
NAB attends One Year of Resistance in NYC
NAB website goes live!
Whitney Klare attends The People's Summit in Chicago, IL.
NAB visits artist studios in New York City.
NAB AND NEWBURGH
Endowed with a rich history dating back to the revolutionary war, Newburgh, New York is a story of tragedy and promise. Once a gem that sparkled in the Hudson Valley, the city played a key role in manufacturing, trade, and ship-building along the Hudson River. Due to ill-conceived and unfulfilled urban renewal projects in the 1960s, Newburgh fell into a period of neglect, disrepair, and a rising crime rate.
However, a transformation is underway. Due to its strategic location on the Hudson River, just 50 miles north of Manhattan, and set amongst the rolling hills of the valley, Newburgh has become a magnet for artists and art organizations seeking to escape crippling rents in NYC. NAB seeks to not only establish a permanent presence but also initiate a series of ongoing educational and cultural events that will benefit the City of Newburgh as well as the Hudson Valley.
Art Brut (raw art or rough art) is a term coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). It has become synonymous with the term “outsider art,” a marketing label used to describe art that is not created within the boundaries of official culture. But what is “official” culture? And what is Art Brut in the context of today?
Art Brut needs to be redefined to reflect the present global culture: a culture under siege by geopolitical violence, upheaval, uncertainty, and fear. Continuous war, terrorism, and political corruption are now the norm. A new artistic genre is needed to collectively reflect the increasing feelings and experiences of brutality across the world. We call it “New Art Brut” (NAB).
NAB screams “NO” to ignorance, silence, injustice and racism. “NO” to the destruction of the environment. “NO” to unjust incarceration and corrupt political systems. NAB is a reaction against the black leather boot, riot gear, tear gas, and intimidation.
NAB is global and unpretentious. It is the voice of the oppressed, the poor, and the forgotten. NAB calls on artists worldwide to engage in dialog and activism through the collective effort that is NAB. Portraying and calling out injustice will be the foundation on which NAB is built.
NAB brings into focus what our minds don’t wish to see.
Tom Liesegang April 2017