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Treger Saint Silvestre Collection has launched a new website: tsscollection.org. The collection of Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre comprises hundreds of works, mostly art brut. The website features current exhibitions, news, the history of the collection and also biographies of all of the artists and their masterpieces.

Until October 1 at Oliva Creative Factory, curated by Antonia Gaeta, "The Golden Ratio Laws" includes works by Madge Gill, Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Scottie Wilson, Dwight Mackintosh, George Widener, Josef Hofer, Royal Robertson, Beverly Baker and Adolf Wölfli.

Olive Creative Factory
R. da Fundição, 3700-119 São João da Madeira, Portugal

www.olivacreativefactory.com

until April 1, 2018

"Revelations: Art from the African American South" celebrates the debut of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco major acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States.

Included in the current acquisition are paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists, including Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, Jessie T. Pettway, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver, Annie Mae Young, and Purvis Young. The history of the partnership between the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Souls Grown Deep Foundation dates back to 2006, when the Museums hosted the loan exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.

The cultural origins of these artworks can be traced back to the African Diaspora, slavery, and the Jim Crow era of institutionalised racism, which restricted both physical freedom and freedom of expression for African Americans. Despite these barriers, in the segregated and comparatively safe spaces of churches and cemeteries, as well as in the fields and forests, African Americans created a cultural language that led to the evolution of distinctly African American musical forms such as gospel, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll.

These rich musical traditions were paralleled by visual traditions that typically were symbolic in form or concealed from view in order to escape censure or destruction. Working with little or no formal training, and often employing cast-off objects and unconventional materials, these artists have created visually compelling works that address some of the most profound and persistent issues in American society, including race, class, gender, and religion.

Only during the modern civil rights movement did these visual traditions and their messages move into the open—initially in the private yards of African American homes, and later in commercial galleries and public museums. Historically marginalized, patronized, or promoted with reductive terms such as folk, naive, or outsider, these artists have earned equal consideration in the history of American art. Put in the context of the larger American Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the works—which include some of the finest contemporary art created in the United States—have the potential to influence American cultural studies to more accurately reflect the nation’s historical diversity and complexity.

A companion exhibition, drawn entirely from the recently acquired Paulson Fontaine Press archives, will also feature prints by Lonnie Holley, as well as four quilters centered around Gee’s Bend, Alabama—Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, and Loretta Pettway.

DE YOUNG MUSEUM 
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
www.famsf.org

until September 1, 2017

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Monika Svahn is showing at Inuti Galleri, coinciding with Stockholm Culture Festival. 

Inuti Galleri
Primusgatan 114, 112 67 Stockholm, Sweden
www.inuti.se

until October 29, 2017

The complex interrelation of script and image in contemporary art is the focus of the large-scale exhibition "Art and Alphabet", taking place across two floors of the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s Gallery of Contemporary Art. Featuring works in a variety of media by 22 international artists from 15 different countries that deal with elements of a broad range of languages and writing systems, exploring their impact as visual signs, expanding on them, and transforming them artistically.

Self-taught artist Harald Stoffers is one of the featured artists of this group exhibition.

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg, Germany
www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

until October 20, 2017

The Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, IN, devotes its space to the mosaic works of self-taught artist Marjorie Jordan-Sauer (1934–2015) in “Outsider: The Art of Marjorie Jordan-Sauer”.

Living in the hill country of Kentucky, and not until into her fifties, Jordan-Sauer produced hundreds of mosaic pieces using broken dishes to piece together colourfully textured images of narrative scenes with landscapes and people. Jordan-Sauer embellished furniture, pottery, and glassware with elaborate mosaics, often colouring the grout to add to the complex patterns, making unique sculptural expressions. Her impulse to populate the world with art becomes quite clear when one sees the hundreds of three-dimensional papier-mâché, clay, and plaster human figures, animals, and objects that she created. Some of the figures are grouped together to illustrate stories from childhood, as well as nursery rhymes such as “The Three Little Pigs” and they are covered with an intricate texture made of thousands of tiny pieces of eggshells, broken dinnerware, or torn coloured paper, a continuation of her mosaic technique. 

In-between the abundant accumulation of mosaics and 3D figures, Jordan-Sauer also developed a personal style of narrative painting on paper, canvas, and board, including many woven paper pieces. She painted two similar, separate versions of a scene, on paper, then cut one into inch-wide strips horizontally and one into inch-wide strips vertically. Then she wove the two paintings together creating a unique version of the scene that mimics the pattern of mosaics in her other work. 

ArtsIllianaGallery 
23 N. 6th Street Terre Haute, Indiana 47807
www.facebook.com/artsillianagallery