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until November 3, 2019

Submit to Love Studios, the East London arts space supporting artists who have survived brain injuries, introduces the work of artist Paul Wright in his vibrant debut show, titled “Carry On Del Boy”. The exhibition features more than 15 paintings, alongside a handmade rug and a selection of ceramics created by Wright over the last year under the mentorship of Stephen Wright (House of Dreams).

Hart Club
95 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HR
hartclub.org
submittolovestudios.org

until October 26, 2019

"François Burland / Simone Pellegrini: Shape Vision Paper" is the most extensive ever Italian exhibition of work by François Burland, and is also the first time in Italy that work by Simone Pellegrini is exhibited with non-academic art.

Gli Acrobati, via Luigi Ornato 4, 10131 Turin, Italy
www.gliacrobati.com
www.rizomi.com

until March 1, 2020

For the first time in Switzerland, Museum im Lagerhaus presents the life’s work of Danish artist Louis Marcussen, aka Ovartaci, (1894–1985). Ovartaci was an inmate at psychiatric institutions for 56 years and lived in trans identities, turning her/his surroundings into a unique universe.

Museum im Lagerhaus
Davidstrasse 44, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland
www.museumimlagerhaus.ch

From Museum im Lagerhaus' Press Release:

Louis Marcussen, aka Ovartaci (1894–1985), can be described as the Danish Wölfli. The Museum im
Lagerhaus is now presenting this extraordinary life’s work for the first time in Switzerland. Throughout
his/her life Ovartaci dealt with the theme of transformation. Pictures, sculptures, and even f lying
machines reflect fantasies about various cycles of reincarnation in his/her life – whether as a butterfly,
a bird, a puma, or a tiger. Numerous female figures and puppets, ranging from small to nearly life-size
and made of paper, cardboard, or papier maché, served as soulmates with whom Ovartaci surrounded
him-/herself in the room and which he/she painted on the walls and the bed. They point to Ovartaci’s
longing to embody the opposite sex opposite sex, to get rid of his male sex drive. Through self-
castration, he ultimately made the transition from man to woman.
‘Ovartaci’ was the name that she/he chose for him-/herself in the early 1930s, the alter ego, based on
the Jutland dialect word Overtossi, meaning ‘chief patient.’ However, around the end of her/his life
Ovartaci returned to the original civil name. Trained as a painter and decorator, Ovartaci was an
inmate at psychiatric institutions for 56 years. After Dalstrup in Djursland (1932–1942), where she/he
had the opportunity to paint the chapel, his/her longest stay was at the psychiatric hospital in the
Risskov district of Århus. Ovartaci was respected. She/he was the ‘prima donna’ of the clinic, was
given personal privileges, and the doctors enjoyed conversing with her/him. In this protected
environment, Ovartaci lived in trans identities and turned her/his surroundings into a unique universe.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has announced the acquisition of a major collection of work by self-taught artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983). More than 8,300 pieces, from Von Bruenchenhein’s estate, span the entire range of the artist’s work – from paintings and sculpture to slides and photographs – and join the 6,000 Von Bruenchenhein objects already held in the JMKAC collection.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081
www.jmkac.org

 

From JMKAC's Press Release:

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announced today the acquisition of a major collection of
work by self-taught artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983). The more than 8,300 pieces,
which come to the Arts Center’s from Von Bruenchenhein’s estate, span the entire range of the
artist’s subject matter—from paintings and sculpture to slides and photographs.
“We are honored to receive this astounding collection of work thanks to the generosity of Lewis
Greenblatt, owner of the artist’s estate, and through the exceptional support of Kohler
Foundation Inc.,” said Sam Gappmayer, Arts Center director.
The collection represents the remaining materials from the Von Bruenchenhein estate and joins
the 6,000 Von Bruenchenhein objects already held in the JMKAC collection. Newly acquired
works include fowl-bone sculptures, concrete sculptures, paintings, and metal and ceramic
crowns. Also included are nearly 7,000 photographs and more than 1,000 photographic
transparencies.
“I am delighted to have worked with Karen Patterson at the Kohler Arts Center and Terri Yoho
at the Kohler Foundation in placing my collection of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s art work with

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the Kohler Arts Center in the wonderful home where it truly belongs,” said Greenblatt. “Karen’s
dedication and love of the work was instrumental in my decision making. Karen’s curation of the
Von Bruenchenhein show entitled Mythologies at the Kohler Arts Center was magnificent and
without peer to any EVB exhibition ever done….I will miss the work, but know that it is in good
hands.”
With this acquisition, a substantial amount of the artist’s work is now united—providing an
opportunity to illustrate the artist-built environment that Von Bruenchenhein created and lived in
at his home in West Allis, Wisconsin. An evocation of his artist-built environment will be
featured at the Arts Center’s new Art Preserve when it opens in early fall 2020.
The Art Preserve will be the world’s first facility entirely devoted to artist-built environments, a
unique art form created by artists who transform their homes, yards, or other spaces into
multifaceted works of art. The Art Preserve complements the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s
location in downtown Sheboygan, which will continue to be the main venue for Arts Center
exhibitions, performances and other programs.
With a collecting history that began with the purchase of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein works in
1983, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is the leading institution for the study and
presentation of artist-built environments. The Arts Center’s collection of works from artist-built
environments now includes approximately 25,000 works of art and archival materials from more
than 30 sites.
In addition to the Von Bruenchenhein estate, the Arts Center has also recently acquired a
concrete mask by Eddie Owens Martin and an untitled animal figurine by Charlie Willetto. Both
works were gifted by Kohler Foundation Inc.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Gifts / Purchases from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection (Bentonville, ARK — September 12, 2019) — Crystal Bridges has acquired 23 artworks, by gift and gift/purchase, from the collection of Gordon W. Bailey, a Los Angeles-based collector. Bailey is a noted scholar and advocate of untrained Southern artists, particularly African-American, who struggled during the Jim Crow era.

“Gordon W. Bailey’s generous gifts are a welcome addition to our collection,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges executive director and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We’re grateful to be able to highlight and celebrate this array of inspiring works, primarily by African American artists, who have made important contributions to the American art historical canon. ” 

Highlights from Bailey’s group of works include: Dr. Crow, a painting on sheet metal by South Carolina artist Sam Doyle, whose works chronicled America’s unique Gullah culture, and were collected by Jean-Michel Basquiat; Cocaine Dog, a stirring, mixed media, metal sculpture by Thornton Dial Sr.; a poignant, 1950s, oil on board, Baptism, by Clementine Hunter; a six-foot tall, carved and painted, tree stump, Tree of Death, by Herbert Singleton, whose bas-relief works often address human frailty and hypocrisy; and several, outstanding, large-scale works by Purvis Young painted on wood panels reclaimed from cast-off shipping crates, and a 53-page book of Young’s mixed media works. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed organizing this gift with Rod. He has shown keen insight, and an evolved social consciousness,” said Gordon W. Bailey. “The museum’s progressive board, headed by Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton, is making bold moves, and has impressed me with their collective wisdom and commitment. The addition of, the Momentary, an innovative, contemporary, arts center, further ensures that the diverse and thriving region will continue to grow for decades to come.”

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712
crystalbridges.org