#outsiderart gallery shows opening this week in NY and around the world

Luise Ross Gallery- New York (luiserossgallery.com) Minnie Evans:  Paintings and Drawings September 8- October 29

Highlights of Minnie Evans’ life were often expressed in her art. She spoke of visions in which God told her to “draw or die” and from this instructive, fifty years of artistic creation followed. In addition, her love of nature, stemming partly from her job as a gatekeeper at Airlie Gardens, permeates her work with an intensity similar to her religious fervor.

Her early experiments with drawing often seem child like, with imaginary faces peeking out of decorative scrolls and repetitive dots and dashes. As Evans spent much of her time making art, it became more sophisticated, sometimes highly decorative, and always inventive. The paintings, rugs and urns she saw in the homes where she also worked as a domestic, served as inspirations. These influences only enhanced her already substantial visionary world.

In addition to Evans’ own fantasies, she had an earnest desire to paint in the mold of 19th century painters who she saw in the Metropolitan Museum. Her paintings startle us with their ingenuity and heartfelt renditions of inner life. From the decorative, to dreamlike worlds, to the depths of damnation, Evans makes an experience we don’t forget.

Cavin-Morris Gallery-New York (cavinmorris.com) Art Brut and Then Some: Work By Gallery Artists- September 10- October 15, **Opening September 10, 5-7 PM

The field of Art Brut and its redheaded stepchild Outsider Art, is going through some healthy changes.  It has been self-referential as a field in Europe since the early part of the Twentieth Century.  However, in the United States, Art Brut has only been known for about forty years. It is indeed a history that has yet to be written in its fullness.  It has also taken a strangely provincial path given the universality of the art and the art makers’ visions.  We almost always know it when we see it but we have yet to hear a description or definition of it that is wholly convincing.

And now we have seen enough of it that we know it has a huge range of process and presentation, and yes, of quality as well.  If we think of this work and mainstream work as two circles that overlap, then we will see that there are places that are mutually exclusive and will never touch, and places that will be blended and nearly indistinguishable.  This exhibition covers the circle on the non-mainstream side.

Drawing on works from Asia, the United States and Europe, this exhibition ranges from the autistic spirit plant forms drawn by Anthony Hopkins, the healing basket-like constructions of Emery Blagdon, the mediumistic-guided drawings of Helen Butler Wells, and the psychic weather maps of Zdenek Kosek to the obsessive and pointed drawings of Chris Hipkiss, Timothy Wehrle and James Watkinson.  Mix in the canny sculpture of Mort Golub, Kevin Sampson and Chrissy Callas with the art brut works in clay from Japanese artists, Yoshiaki Fujikawa, Kazumi Kamae, and Masami Yamagiwa.  Further mix in the intensely drawn heart-sung images of Pushpa Kumari and the new haunting beaded, stitched, and painted sculptures by Sandra Sheeny and it becomes even more obvious that no one sound byte can own this field any longer.

Other artists include Keith Goodhart, Melvin Edward Nelson, Christine Sefolosha, Gregory Van Maanen, Jerry Wagner and Anna Zemankova.

The Gallery at HAI- (hainyc.org) Face to Face- a two person exhibition of works by Julius Casear Bustamante and Irene Phillips August 25 – October 15 

NY Galleries Ricco/Maresca and Andrew Edlin Gallery both have shows of contemporary art (at AE) and photography (R/M) opening this week:

Ricco/Maresca Gallery: Sofia Silva Spreading Out September 8-October 8, 2011

Andrew Edlin Gallery: Jeremy Everett: Buried Sky September 10, 2011 – October 22, 2011**Opening Saturday September 10 6-8PM

There are also works by outsider artists Ike Morgan, Royal Robertson, Judith Scott, and more, on display as part of the store-like installation of art, fashion, furniture, design, and skateboard decks at Make Skateboards at I-20, co-curated by Jonathan Lavoie and Scott Ogdenthrough Sept. 17.

Galerie Christian Berst- Paris (christianberst.com) **Opening September 10The Galerie Christian Berst marks the start of the new art season each September by turning a spotlight on the contemporary, universal nature of Art Brut, presenting creative spirits from other places, both literally and metaphorically. Their works demonstrate that such art cannot be limited to a given time or culture, that it is truly universal, and that Art Brut is by no means a question of merely formal characteristics.

This season, the gallery is proud to present works by Aníbal Brizuela (Argentina), Rosa Cazhur (Uruguay) Carlo Stella (Peru), Albert Mouhadeb (Israel), Peter Kapeller (Austria), Melvin Way (United States), Eric Benetto (France), and Loïc Lucas (France), not forgetting the collection of rare, unusual, and historical pieces in our cabinet of curiosities.

This year, the gallery is also delighted to offer visitors the chance to explore the world of Art Brut in even greater depth through Travelling Brut, the first ever festival of films about Art Brut. The new season of events, reflecting increasing interest in marginal forms of art world-wide, aims to bring Art Brut out of the artistic ghetto to which ignorance and indifference long condemned it.

In an eloquently symbolic gesture, the specialist art press recently highlighted the Galerie Christian Berst as one of the leading places to see contemporary art in Paris.

Galerie Susanne Zander- Cologne (galerie-susanne-zander.com) George Widener 9 September – 11 November, 2011 **Opening September 9, 6-10PM

George Widener (*1962 in Covington, Kentucky) has pursued his interest in numbers, calendar dates, statistics and factual information since his early childhood, employing his mathematical calculating capability and his love for numerical puzzles to create art ranging from complex calendars and numerical palindromes to antiquarian landscapes and Asian scrolls. Since 2000 his art has focussed on elaborate large-scale works, which combine drawings of architectural structures with the lists of dates, statistical information and which often integrate calculations from magic squares. The result is a grid of numerical patterns and correlations of detailed numbers inspired by cartography, mathematics and numerology, that seeks to shed light on time and the unfolding of human events and the codification of the systems of chance and historical arbitrarity. Only later was he identified as a savant with Asperger Syndrome.
The works presented in the exhibition are pieces that were made from the artist residency at the Neues Kunstforum in Cologne in May and June 2011.

Museum of Everything- London (www.museumofeverything.com)- from the nytimes.com 9/5/11- The store on Oxford Street has been invaded by the pop-up Museum of Everything and a 200-piece collection that its founder, James Brett, describes as work by unintentional, untrained and undiscovered artists...(click here to read article) 


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