Category Archives: Shows

“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.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein Vessels on View at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s clay vessels are intricate and extremely fragile objects. Their beautiful form and lack of practical function is highlighted in Fleisher/Ollman‘s current group show, “The Usefulness of Useless Things,” on view through April 30, 2011. I like the way guest curator Jonathan Berger has displayed the work–enjoy these photos of the work and the gallery space!

Here’s a view of the gallery:

And some images of individual works:

Installation Shots from Andrew Edlin Gallery’s Thornton Dial Show

Photos courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery. I think the show looks fantastic! I love that these photos provide a sense of how tactile Dial’s work truly is.

More Images from the 2011 Armory Show

Courtesy Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. Taken during the Armory Show this past weekend.

Along with presenting works by trained artists, Fleisher/Ollman included works by the Philadelphia Wireman (center, wire constructions) and James Castle (far right wall):

A great piece by William Hawkins (on the wall nearest the viewer):

And works by Felipe Jesus Consalvos (left) and Joseph Yoakum (center, yellow mat):

Work by self-taught artists on view at the Armory Show

Martin Ramirez / Untitled (Double Brick Structure with Abstraction) / Photo courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery

Look out for work by self-taught American artists at the Armory Show, NYC, March 3-6, 2011. The self-taught material will be on view in Pier 92, the section of the show dedicated to historically significant modern as well as contemporary art.

Noted dealers in self-taught art, including Fleisher/Ollman and Ricco/Maresca, will be present at the show. I am particularly excited to see Andrew Edlin‘s booth, as he plans to showcase work by artist Thornton Dial, the subject of a current retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a recent addition to the gallery’s roster of artists.

UPDATE: Andrew Edlin Gallery kindly provided an image of a fantastic new Dial construction that will be on view in their booth. Enjoy!

Thornton Dial / Looking Back, Fear No Evil / 2010 / Mixed media on board / 84 x 95 in. / Photo courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery