And, we’re live! Visit our new site, foundationstart.org

The Foundation finally has a new digital home, at foundationstart.org. Months in the making, our new site features artist information, image galleries, educational tools, and online exhibitions. We are also moving our blog over to the new site, so please visit foundationstart.org/blog to keep up with events and information related to outsider and self-taught artists.

As always, we value suggestions and ideas, so if you have comments on the new site, feel free to contact the Foundation.

Enjoy!

Cara

“Martín Ramírez: Landscapes” on view at Ricco/Maresca Gallery

“Martín Ramírez: Landscapes” is on view at Ricco/Maresca through November 12, 2011, and the gallery has kindly shared some beautiful installation shots. Enjoy!

The Museum of Everything Coming to London Department Store

Harald Stoffers (Galerie der Villa, Germany) / Courtesy The Museum of Everything

Beginning September 2, the Museum of Everything’s Exhibition #4 will be on view in Selfridges, an established British department store. Occupying the windows and exhibition space of the Oxford Street, London, branch, the show will be accompanied by the “Shop of Everything,” which will sell clothes and products inspired by the displayed works. Proceeds from the shop will benefit the Museum.

Exhibition #4 will showcase works from around the globe, including those by established self-taught artist Judith Scott as well as by lesser known outsider artmakers. The shop will sell clothes by Clements Ribeiro and shoes by Tracey Neuls designed in response to the artworks.

This exhibition is breaking the mold in so many interesting ways. By bringing a museum to a public shopping space, the works will be accessible to many new audiences who would never think or wish to visit a traditional museum setting. The connection between fashion designers and the Museum might also be particularly fruitful, as the intricate, colorful works in this exhibition should certainly inspire creativity. If the MET’s recent Alexander McQueen exhibition is any indication, fashion as an art form is craved by the public, and I am excited to see how fashion, as directly inspired by outsider artworks, will be adopted or accepted.

Exhibition #4 will remain on view through October 25, 2011.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

As August winds down, galleries and museums are gearing up for the fall. Some of the interesting current and upcoming shows featuring work by self-taught artists include:

Sam Doyle / Dr. Crow / c. 1980-1985 / Housepaint on tin / 42.5 x 26.5 in.

Into the Mainstream: Self-Taught Artists from the Garbish and Gordon Collections,” at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, on view through December 31, 2011. This exhibition, organized in conjunction with Old Dominion University, considers the position of self-taught and folk artists with the narratives of art history.

You Better Be Listening: Text in Self-Taught Art,” on view at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, through January 14, 2012. Highlighting the multiple uses of text in works of outsider art, “You Better Be Listening” draws on works by Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan,  Dwight Mackintosh, and Royal Robertson.

Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection,” at the Menil Collection, Houston. Organized around works by artists who had little contact with the mainstream art world, “Seeing Stars” will include drawings by Charles A.A. Dellschau, Bill Traylor, Adolf Wölfii, and Joseph Yoakum, among others. Opening September 23, 2011, the exhibition will remain on view through January 15, 2012.

Simply Iconic,” a selection of works by artists including Sam Doyle, Herbert Singleton, and Purvis Young, on view at La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, from September 2 through October 3, 2011.

Minnie Evans: Paintings and Drawings,” at Luise Ross Gallery, New York.  On view from September 8 to October 29, 2011, this show will feature works spanning four decades of the artist’s career.

…and a Peek at Our New Image Gallery

As part of our site redesign and expansion, the Foundation is focused on making work by self taught artists as accessible as possible. To that end, we will not only have enhanced and exciting pages devoted to individual artists, but will also have an image gallery featuring works from many artists in a single place. Users will be able to search the gallery for artworks using selection criteria including material, date, collection, and–of course–maker.

I’ve attached an image showing how the gallery should look. Enjoy!

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A Sneak Peek at Our New Homepage…

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New Logo, New Name, New Direction

Exciting things are afoot here at the Foundation. As many of you know, we are in the process of creating a new website that features extensive image galleries, temporary virtual exhibitions, up-to-the-moment news about the field of outsider and self taught art, and expanded artist pages and educational resources. To accompany our new site, we have a new name and a brand new logo.

Beginning in September, we will be the Foundation for Self Taught Artists. This name change shows our expanding commitment to self taught artworks and artists from around the globe as well as the United States.

Here is a peek at our new logo; enjoy!