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February 25 – March 4, 2020

Jennifer Lauren Gallery presents "Monochromatic Minds: Lines of Revelation" at Candid Arts Trust, London. It is the largest ever exhibition of self-taught, disabled and outsider artists from around the world, featuring black and white artwork through a variety of mediums including drawing, ceramics and textiles. Featuring many previously unseen works from 61 artists, the exhibition brings together emerging creators alongside established outsider artists. Talks and workshops are available to book too.

Candid Arts Trust
3 Torrens Street. Islington. London, EC1V 1NQ, UK 
jenniferlaurengallery.com

until September 7, 2020

With more than 50 artworks from artists including Martín Ramírez, George Widener, Lee Godie, James Castle and more, “Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F Keen” spans both gallery spaces at Intuit.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
www.art.org

 

In the words of Victor F. Keen:
“Visitors to my Bethany Mission Gallery in Philadelphia often ask what it was that attracted me to the world of outsider art, the primary focus of my collection. It’s not an easy question to answer. Like other collectors, I have found the question challenging and have concluded that to a large extent the allure is visceral and not easily articulated, though I occasionally have pondered the “why” of my collection.

It’s a question as complex as the much-debated question of how best to refer to the art itself. “Outsider,” “self-taught,” “naïve,” “visionary,” “untrained” are terms variously used and no one term seems entirely satisfactory to describe this category of art. For convenience, I refer to “outsider” art and “outsider” artists, as a shorthand with the understanding that others may favor other descriptives. The biographical narrative of every outsider artist is unique, but most share one or more of the following: no or only limited art training; living with mental or physical infirmities; poverty; educational deficit; being held back by racial discrimination.

I have found these aspects of the outsider art world compelling, including the fascinating (though almost always terribly challenging and unfortunate) variations in the individual artists’ personal circumstances. But personal challenges and disadvantages for the artists aside, the art must stand on its own. It was well after I finished law school that I developed any real interest in art or in collecting. My first collecting interest, beginning around 1975, was Catalin radios. In the late 1970s I was introduced to Frank Maresca, co-owner of Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York. My awareness of outsider art grew in time from conversations with Frank, who has been a mentor in my collecting all along.”

until April 25, 2020 

Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bethlem Gallery present "The Four Ages of Woman" and "Transitions", two exhibitions exploring historical and contemporary artistic perspectives on women and mental health, from the nineteenth century to the present day.

"The Four Ages of Woman" at Bethlem Museum of the Mind presents diverse representations of women’s mental health and life experiences across childhood, youth, middle age and old age. The exhibition includes over 30 works by 19 artists including Madge Gill, Anna Kavan, Bibi Herrera, Imma Maddox and Cynthia Pell, selected from the Museum’s extensive collection, and key works on loan. 

Bethlem Gallery / Bethlem Museum of the Mind​
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX, UK

www.bethlemgallery.com

until April 8, 2020

A new exhibition at the GAIA Museum celebrates the internationally acclaimed Randers artist Judith Damgaard Nielsen (1954–2019), showing works from different periods in the artist's career.

Randers Kommune, GAIA Museum Outsider Art
Lene Bredahls Gade 10, 8900 Randers C, Denmark
www.gaiamuseum.dk

until September 20, 2020

After celebrating the 20th anniversary of Le Dernier Cri in Marseille, Pakito Bolino presents his world tour. Titled “Mondo Dernier Cri”, the exhibition will present works spanning the last 20 years, plus animated footage from a new film and new, original works by Bolino. 

Musée International des Arts Modestes
23 Quai Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 34200 Sète, France
www.miam.org