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Jan 19–22, 2017

The Outsider Art Fair has announced exhibitors for its 25th anniversary edition, which will run from January 19–22 at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. The fair will showcase 60 galleries, representing 28 cities from nine countries, with eight first-time exhibitors.

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

January 20 – March 12, 2017

Nama Āto: Japanese Outsider Art is an exhibition of three Japanese visual artists whose work is being presented in the UK for the first time. Koji Nishioka’s intuitive musical scores related to existing pieces of music but which a pianist may not easily read; Makoto Okawa’s depiction of happiness, sadness and pleasure in his 3D ‘Makoot’ dolls and colourful drawings; Yasuyuki Ueno’s world where preconceived notions of female characters and fashion objects are challenged. All of the artists have learning disabilities, and are supported by Atelier Corners in Osaka Japan, an organisation supporting disabled artists to realise their potential. The exhibition opened at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in August 2016 and toured to London's Southbank Centre and Tramway in Glasgow as part of Unlimited Festival.

Koji Nishioka’s started creating his ‘music score’ art works when a piano was donated to Atelier Corners, and since then, he has created over 200 of these unique drawings. He copies directly from music scores, meaning all of his drawings are related to existing pieces of music. As Nishioka’s astigmatism worsens in his left eye, the compositions of his musical score drawings move further to the right. More recently, Nishioka has been leaving more white space around the score, creating predominantly in black and white, but occasionally experimenting with colour.

Makoto Okawa worked in both two- and three-dimensions, receiving a lot of attention for his vivid colours and energetic expression. His ‘Makoot’ (interesting doll) works are now his predominant focus since he started creating them in 2005. Most of Okawa’s dolls are creatures born from his imagination, although more recently he has been using his favourite actor – Tetsuya Takeda – as a motif. 

At the same time as working on his 3D pieces, Okawa worked on his 2D pieces. For these, he used pastel crayon paint, marker and coloured pencils, painting into the paper with a good amount of pressure. Okawa passed away in early 2016. 

Yasuyuki Ueno loves pretty and Kawaii (cute) things; for example, his favourite colour is pink and his favourite character is Betty Boop. In his work, Ueno is particular about the gestures of fashion models, their clothing and the colours they wear. He will repeatedly experiment by drawing and re-drawing lines and painting several layers until he is satisfied with the finished product.

The three artists have work in collections worldwide, and have exhibited in numerous places internationally, including Japan, the USA, the Czech Republic and France, but never before in the United Kingdom.

This is a touring exhibition delivered by Outside In, Pallant House Gallery and Atelier Corners. It is supported by Unlimited (delivered by Shape and Artsadmin); celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012. There is additional support from the Japan Foundation.

Dates: 20 January - 12 March 2017

Venue: The Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA

Information copied from www.outsidein.org.uk 

January 25 – July 2, 2017

1945 marked the end of the Second World War and the beginning of a second modernism. At this point in time Jean Dubuffet – one of the most imaginative minds of the twentieth century – was tired of established art and went in search of a new concept of art: free, unbiased, anti-intellectual, and raw – it should be “brut”. And Dubuffet would indeed find it in unexpected places: on the street, in prisons, in folk art, and in psychiatric clinics in Europe and abroad. This art would form the foundation of Dubuffet’s notion of Art Brut. Museum gugging presents 169 works from Dubuffet’s illustrious collection, which he assembled between 1945 and 1949. It includes works by famous artists such as Aloïse Corbaz, Adolf Wölfli, Auguste Forestier, and many other recognised – but also anonymous – artists. They are all united in this historical exhibition, which was shown for the first time in autumn 1949 in Paris at Galerie René Drouin under the title “L’Art Brut”. Today these works form the original core of the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, which compiled this showcase on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. "jean dubuffet’s art brut.! the origins of the collection" features 169 works from Dubuffet’s collection, with works by Aloïse Corbaz, Adolf Wölfli, Auguste Forestier and other well-known outsiders. 

Am Campus 2, A-3400, Maria Gugging, AUSTRIA


January 12 – March 9, 2017

Lance-scape Architecture, Lance Rivers' first solo exhibition at Creativity Explored sheds light upon his prolific career as an artist living in the Bay Area. The skilled draftsman offers a personal vision of regional bridges, buildings, tunnels, and BART stations imbued with loving attention to detail and an uncanny spatial presence.

Rivers documents the ever-changing physicality of San Francisco and the East Bay on his own terms, leaving the viewer to question whose vision is being built around us. Rivers' work provides a unique perspective of the transitional flux the Bay Area has continuously undergone and continues to grapple with.

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103