Audrey Heckler: In New York, Bold Colours and an Eye for the Unusual

Audrey Heckler: In New York, Bold Colours and an Eye for the Unusual

First published: Winter 2014

The work of self-taught artists and Audrey B. Heckler found each other at a moment of portent. It was 1993, and as she recalls:

“I spotted a poster announcing a new event in New York, the Outsider Art Fair. There, I found a kind of art that really spoke to me. It fit me perfectly. I’m not afraid of unusual things. I like something different, something quirky.”

 

Figures by Navaho artist Charlie Wiletto


A native New Yorker, Heckler built up her wide-ranging collection as she continued learning about the art-making themes and techniques of self-taught artists. Still, its character is more personal than encyclopedic.

 

 

“Years ago, I met the New York dealer Phyllis Kind”, she says. “She was the first to present classic European art brut in America. She became my mentor and a close friend. I enjoyed her Adolf Wölfli and Carlo Zinelli shows, and I bought works from her gallery.”

 

This is an article extract; read the full article in Raw Vision #84