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Outsider Art Fair in Paris

Oct 23 – 26
The Outsider Art Fair returns to Paris with 25 galleries from Europe, the Americas, and Japan. Artists showing include Aloïse, James Castle, Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Martin Ramirez, Bill Traylor and George Widener.
Outsider Art Fair Paris, Hôtel Le A
4, rue d’Artois, 75008 Paris, FRANCE
After the groundbreaking success of its first French edition in 2013, the Outsider Art Fair will return to Paris with a select group of 25 international galleries from Europe, the Americas, and Japan. The fair will take place between October 23 and 26, 2014, again at the elegant boutique hotel, Hotel Le A.
The Outsider Art Fair, now in its 22nd year, is the world’s foremost annual show of outsider art and art brut. Responding to the ever-widening audience for self-taught art within the broader art world, the OAF’s Paris edition is timed to coincide with FIAC, Paris’s high-profile contemporary fair.
This year’s roster of exhibitors includes both specialists in the fields of outsider and folk art and astute contemporary art galleries, together representing a fertile cross-pollination between the worlds of self-taught, vernacular, and mainstream art. Visitors will have a chance to see the extraordinary creations of such iconic outsiders as Aloïse, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, James Castle, Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Martin Ramirez, Bill Traylor, George Widener and Anna Zemankova, along with works by more recently discovered artists like Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Guo Fengyi, Dan Miller, M’onma, Mehrdad Rashidi, and Marcel Storr. Wide Open Arts, the producer of the Outsider Art Fair, is pleased to welcome back many of last year’s exhibitors, including the esteemed Yukiko Koide Presents from Tokyo, with a selection of Japanese Art Brut; Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), Fleisher-Ollman Gallery (Philadelphia), Henry Boxer (London), Galerie du Marché (Lausanne) and the celebrated Creative Growth Art Center from Oakland, California, which has nurtured such contemporary talents as Judith Scott, whose solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum will open concurrently with the fair.
Galleries exhibiting at OAF Paris for the first time include Sao Paulo’s Galeria Estação, whose lineup of artists is comprised of several who made their Paris debut at the 2012 Cartier Foundation’s Histoires de Voir exhibition, and Paris’s own La Pop Galerie. Also new to the fair are the contemporary art galleries Air de Paris, installing a solo show by Sarah Pucci (the mother of noted American artist Dorothy Iannone) and New York’s Louis B. James, with a solo presentation of the meticulous and colorful drawings of marching bands by New Orleans artist Bruce Davenport Jr.
Other exhibitors making their OAF Paris debuts are Winter Works on Paper from Brooklyn, which will present an exhibition of vernacular photography and Aymeric Rouillac, whose room will be dedicated to the French creator of visionary environments Chomo (Roger Chomeaux, 1907–1999). A collaborative effort between the highly regarded dealers Jennifer Pinto Safian (New York) and Gloria Cohen (Paris) will offer new works by Argentine, Marcos Bontempo.
Highlights of the fair’s extended programming feature a group exhibition in the hotel lobby organized by Anne et Julien, founders of the quarterly review Hey! and curators of the current exhibition, “Tattooists, Tattooed” at Musée du Quai Branly. Daniel Baumann, curator of 2013’s Carnegie International, will assemble films, recordings, and readings of texts by poets and outsiders, including Christopher Knowles, Robert Walser, and Adolf Wölfli. Halle Saint Pierre, Paris’s premier venue of outsider art and art brut, and the fair’s institutional partner in France, will install its reference library of books, catalogues and reviews on outsider, primitive, and Art Brut on the hotel’s sixth floor. Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to see the new exhibition of Bruno Decharme’s seminal collection abcd/art brut at la maison rouge.
By bringing local organizations dedicated to Art Brut like Halle Saint Pierre, la maison rouge, and the collection abcd into dialogue with international galleries, curators, collectors and scholars, the Outsider Art Fair Paris aspires to further expand the current discourse on the art of self-taught creators, as well as pay homage to the seminal role of France in the history of Art Brut.

World Art and Josep Baqué at Lausanne

until Nov 2, 2014
Art Brut Around the World continues at Collection de l’Art Brut, featuring the work of seven artists: Kashinath Chawan (India), Ezekiel Messou (Benin), Ni Tanjung (Bali), Antonio Roseno de Lima (Brazil), Giovanni Bosco (Sicily), Anarqâq (Far North Arctic) and Gustav Mesmer (Germany). Also at Collection de l’Art Brut until October 26, 2014, some fifty plates with drawings by Spanish artist Josep Baqué are shown.­
(caption: Josep Baqué)
COLLECTION DE L’ART BRUT, 11 av. des Bergières
CH – 1004 Lausanne SWITZERLAND. www.artbrut.ch
josep baqué

Collection abcd in Paris

Oct 18 – Jan 18
Bruno Decharme has been a collector of art brut for more than 30 years and the abcd collection holds 3,500 works by 300 artists, spanning from the mid-nineteenth century to recent works. Featured artists will include Adolf Wölfli, Carlo Zinelli, George Widener, Janko Domsic, Edmund Monsiel, Judith Scott and Henry Darger.
10 Bd de la Bastille – 75012 Paris, FRANCE
(caption: Aloise Corbaz)
Started in the 80’s the collection was shown for the first time in 2000 at the Campredon Museum of
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue; since then it has continued to travel through Europe, the USA, Asia and has been
enriched by a number of works and artists. It is now recognized as the most important private collection
of art brut.
In recent years we have witnessed the growing visibility of art brut. There is a number of studies with
often ambitious goals, a new generation of researchers but also collectors passionate about the field
and that is good. Exhibitions displaying the term “art brut” multiply, yet few of them keep their promises;
too often their promoters aware of the hype surrounding the label do not hesitate to associate
all kinds of productions that are very distant from it — “singulier”, “hors les normes”, “outsider” etc.
— creating confusion and misunderstanding. Surprisingly it is in the places usually exhibiting other
art forms — modern or contemporary — that the most inventive shows have taken place, for exemple
Augustin Lesage and Elmar Trenwalder, the Inspired at La maison rouge in Paris in 2008, Dwelling
Poetically on this Earth at LaM in 2011, Entrance of the Mediums: Spiritualism and Art from Hugo to
Breton at the House of Victor Hugo in 2012-2013, Alternative Guide to the Universe at Hayward Gallery
in 2013 and recently the Venice Biennale in 2013, to name a few.
What can we learn from this experience? Essentially that art brut is a mysterious island, a territory
that must be approached by a modest and respectful explorer to try to grasp its secrets, identify its
specificities and let oneself by carried away by the delights of a utopian quest. abcd has worked on
enriching these reflections in a spirit of openness, sharing the dreams and thoughts of those who have
taken back roads in the most varied and unexpected art fields. We believe that art brut must be taken
out of the ghetto; while these artists have been socially marginalized their creations are at the heart of
History and feed the river of knowledge. It is therefore appropriate to show them among other human
productions while still taking great care of presenting them for what they are. And above all, constantly
fine tune your focus, let your instincts guide you, discover new treasures, let yourself be enchanted by
their magic and intoxicated by their thousand scents.
These are the objectives of abcd for the next 15 years ... then we’ll see.

Japan and conference at Lagerhaus

until Nov 9
In Art Brut – Japan – Switzerland, Museum im Lagerhaus continues to explore the dialogue between Japanese and Western European outsider worlds, questioning whether art brut speaks a global language. On display will not only be the “stars” of Japanese art brut, such as Shinichi Sawada, but also new works which have never been shown in Europe before: fine and delicately-cut paper works from Yuki Fujioka, drawings by Yu Fujita, Tsugumi Hatanaka and Makoto Ozu. An international symposium featuring Roger Cardinal and Edward Gomez takes place October 17–18 at Museum im Lagerhaus and the University of Zurich.
MUSEUM IM LAGERHAUS, Davidstrasse 44, CH-9000
(caption:Tsugumi Hatanaka)

Adamson film at London Film Festival

Oct 13
Abandoned Goods is a short film by Ed Lawrenson and Pia Borg, about the Adamson Collection. The film won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival and will be shown at the London Film Festival at 9pm on October 13.
(caption: Muriel Lewis)
Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.
Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
Abandoned Goods has been awarded the Golden Pardino for the Best International Short Film in the Leopards of Tomorrow Competition at Locarno Film Festival!

Willem Van Genk in New York

until Nov 30
Currently showing at the American Folk Art Museum is the first US exhibition of Dutch artist Willem Van Genk (1927–2005), one of the most renowned figures within the European art brut pantheon. Sixty-three works are shown including large-scale paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures of trolley buses, and even the artist’s collection of raincoats.
1865 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Roots of the Spirit

until Nov 26
The Roots of the Spirit: Lonnie Holley, Mr. Imagination, Charlie Lucas and Kevin Sampson, curated by Martha Henry and Robert Poplack, sees the foursome’s work reunited for the first time since their showing together at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Wiegand Gallery
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue Belmont, CA 94002
(caption: mr imagination, kevin sampson, charlie lucas, lonnie holley)

Visionary Experience at AVAM

Oct 4 – Aug 30, 2015
The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster champions the "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments of a variety of creators. Co-curated by acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille (The Source Family, 2012), and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, some of the exhibition’s highlights include a spirited centennial celebration of the American self-taught artist, Rev. Howard Finster; the giant otherworldly paintings of Ingo Swann; the cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell; the wildly expansive drawings and bronze wind-bells for future ecology-based cities of Italian architect Paolo Soleri; and illuminating works by visionaries Tom Duncan, Dr. Robert Hieronimus, Paul Koudounaris, John Worrell Keely and Dale Pond, Jason Padgett, Christine Sefolosha, and Judy Tallwing.
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. avam.org
(caption: Ingo Swan)

Outsider Art Conference in Melbourne

Oct 23–26, 2014
Arts Project Australia, in partnership with The University of Melbourne, will present a free international conference focusing on new paradigms and definitions of outsider art. Fifty leading artists, curators, educators and researchers from Australia and around the world will converge at The University of Melbourne to explore the topic of “Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context.”
Grattan St, Parkville, VIC 3010, AUSTRALIA
(caption: Julian Martin)

Adolf Wölfli classics showing at Gugging

until Mar 1, 2015
adolf wölfli. universum.! marks 150 years since the birth of the Swiss artist (1864–1930). Wölfli’s “Bread Art” will be displayed in the Novomatic Salon of the museum: single sheet drawings which he gave as presents or sold to a growing circle of interested doctors, nurses and visitors, or exchanged for drawing tools.
Am Campus 2, 3400 Maria Gugging, Austria