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Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris

September 6–29, 2018

In partnership with Galerie Robert Poulin, Montréal, "Tribe 323" at Galerie Claire Corcia features works by Caroline Veith, Anick Langelier, Parmis Sayous, Frédéric Beaufils and Daniel Erban.

Galerie Claire Corcia
323, rue Saint-Martin - 75003 Paris, France
www.galeriecorcia.com

Ricco/Maresca, NY

September 13 – October 13, 2018

In "Working Girls: An American Brothel, circa 1892", Ricco/Maresca presents the secret photographs of William Goldman.

Ricco/Maresca
529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10011
www.riccomaresca.com

The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles

September 8 – October 14, 2018

Willard Hill returns to The Good Luck Gallery for his second solo exhibition featuring his latest masking tape and mixed-media sculptures. Depicting whimsical scenes drawn from his 84 years in Manchester, Tennessee, Hill’s dapper, propellent figures bike, climb, drive, and dance to formidable effect. 

The Good Luck Gallery
945 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.thegoodluckgallery.com

From The Good Luck Gallery's Press Release:

The intricate masking tape and mixed media sculptures of Willard Hill (b. 1934) draw from a lifetime spent in the small town of Manchester, Tennessee. The Good Luck Gallery is delighted to present Hill’s latest work in his second solo exhibition opening September 8, 2018.

Over twenty years ago, when Hill returned home debilitated after a hospital stay, the idea came to him to start making sculptures out of all the everyday detritus he had at hand. Primarily composed of masking tape, Hill’s sculptures also utilized plastic bags, wire, toothpicks, rocks and a plethora of other found materials. Whatever a piece reminded him of as he worked, that’s what it became and soon every surface in his small home was covered in evocative gems.

Two figures fight to stay atop a massive catfish, a bright pink bird confidently guides a space-age buggy, and a totem sports faces clad with tinfoil earrings in Hill’s newest and most complex work to date. “It’s amazing to me” Hill says of his art, “but I give God all the credit.” A cook for over sixty years, Hill often pulls inspiration from his fishing excursions, observing the birds and other wildlife, then returning home to recreate and embellish upon them.

In the mere two years since Willard Hill received his first ever solo exhibition at the age of 82, his work has been exhibited by The Good Luck Gallery in Paris and New York, and his position within the African-American art diaspora was cemented with his inclusion in Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. A solo exhibition at Todd Art Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University is scheduled to open September 22, 2018. Manchester is “just a little town,” notes Hill “nothing like this has ever happened around here. Now I’m somebody.”

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, FL

September 15 – October 13, 2018

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art welcomes LaVon Van Williams, Jr. for the premier of his new collection of low relief carvings. Rise & Fly: Carved Works by LaVon Williams opens Saturday, September 15th from 6-9pm.

Come early for introductions by Jeanine Taylor and Williams’ uncle and poet, Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright. Earlier in the day, Williams will perform a carving demonstration that is open to the public (Sat. September 15, 12-1 PM).

Native son, Williams was born in Lakeland, Fl but his roots go deeper in Sanford, Fl, his mother’s hometown. Another relative, Luke Wright, worked as a Florida ranch hand/ cowboy. Luke’s real gift was the art of carving and he was prolific in his craft.

Jeanine Taylor says of Williams’ work, “When you view LaVon’s work, it’s as if you are looking at a paused action frame ready to restart at any moment. His carvings are energetic with the physical motion of a jazz club paired with a warm emotive verve deeply rooted in love. The amount of detailed passion that is conveyed on wood with a mere hammer and chisel is extraordinary.”

Mr. Williams’ art has risen to prominence after a series of seminal shows that have taken place across the country - most notably the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, the Kentucky Folk Art Center and the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at FAMU, Tallahassee, Fl.

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
211 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771
www.jtfolkart.com

Museum im Lagerhaus, St. Gallen

August 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019

The museum has spent the past two years preparing their collection: works were reviewed, documented, and rediscovered. To mark the museum’s anniversary, in the exhibition "Backstage" Museum im Lagerhaus will be presenting the results of this work based on five themes from the wide world of Outsider Art. The exhibition will feature familiar and little-known works from 30 years of collecting, such as Emily Salz’s magical tapestries, Brida Lazzarino’s fascinating perspectives, and Philippe Saxer’s impressive drawings. With Backstage, the Museum im Lagerhaus will reveal previously hidden secrets from its collection.

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

Arts of Life, Chicago

August 31 – October 12, 2018

"The Beasts" features a diverse array of artists, including studio members of the Arts of Life, educators, elementary school children, tattoo artists, illustrators and other creative individuals. The exhibition celebrates the special bond between animals and humans.

The Arts of Life
2010 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL, USA
artsoflife.org

From The Arts of Life website:

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from the great American writer and humanitarian, Walt Whitman. In a 2002 essay, “For the Sake of People’s Poetry: Walt Whitman and the Rest of Us,” June Jordan questions why the great-grandfather of American poetry is not celebrated with the stature she believes this “weird” poet deserves. 

Whitman dispensed with the European-centric and Old World canon, calling it “poisonous to the idea of the pride and dignity of the common people.” Jordan traces this linage, writing on the poetry of the “New World” and Whitman’s insistence on a legible and common, yet strong and wild democratic spirit in literature. Brave art that is for the many, rather than the few. 

Defiantly straightforward, “The Beasts” has been organized according to a raw and democratic vision of how art might be. Featuring a diverse array of artists, including studio members of the Arts of Life, educators, elementary school children, tattoo artists, illustrators and other creative individuals, this exhibition celebrates the special bond between animals and humans. Sometimes as pet, but also as teacher, mystical guide, and fellow sentient being.

Exhibiting artists include: Madaline Aguilar, Stephanie Behaim, Renata Berdes, Stella Brown, Guy Conners, Russell Copenharve, Howard Fonda, Amanda Gantner, Dan Gunn, Nikole Heusman, Liana Jeagers, Bill Lilly, Manal Kara, Paul Kenneth, Tairell Oliver-Young, Jack O’ Sulliva, Carol Pyes, Ed Rawski, Brian Reed, Eric Ruschman, Fred Sasaki, Alex Scott, Kris Schenkel, Jenn Smith, Kelly Stone, Benjamin Torres, Jean Wilson, Miranda Winters, Maria Vanik, Chris Viau, Carrie Vinarsky.

Curated by: Dana Bassett

The Beasts
By Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
I THINK I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained;
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; 
Not one is dissatisfied—not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

 

Koelsch Gallery, Texas

until September 21, 2018

In "my houston II", Koelsch Gallery presents works by Amy C. Evans which explore the history and life of businesses in Houston through Evans’ surrealist, graphic style of painting.

Koeslch Gallery
801 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006, USA
koelschgallery.com

From Koelsch Gallery press release:

amy c. evans’s witty, surrealist-inspired paintings are documents of specific moments in time. amy moved back to houston in 2014 after being away for 13 years. soon after returning, amy noticed so many restaurants and businesses that were part of her visual, emotional and culinary memory were no longer part of the houston landscape. my houston ii explores the history and life of these businesses via amy’s surrealist / graphic style of painting.

it all starts with an object. amy seeks out vintage packaging, fabric, and accessories to illustrate the life, history and stories of these houston businesses. each painting express her personal memory of the places and her life at the time. when seemingly unrelated objects fall next to each other, they add unexpected meaning to the mundane and become portraits. the individual elements coming together offer a peek into a houston that was. each painting will hopefully spark personal memories and stories for the viewer as well.

amy grew up in houston, texas, where she attended the high school for the performing and visual arts. from there, she traveled to baltimore and received a ba in printmaking from the maryland institute college of art. eight years later, amy craved small-town life and moved to oxford, mississippi, where she obtained an ma in southern studies from the university of mississippi. she stayed in mississippi for 13 years. today, she’s back in houston, still in search of vintage objects, stories, and pie.

Reece Museum, ETSU

until September 27, 2018

"Self-Taught Art By Any of Its Names" is presented by the Reece Museum and ETSU’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts in cooperation with Grey Carter – Objects of Art in McLean, Virginia.  Carter, who has been collecting works by and representing self-taught artists for over five decades, curated the exhibit.

The exhibition explores the work of artists who have not attended art school, but who, nonetheless, create compelling art. 

As the exhibition title suggests, the work of these artists is commonly given such labels as “outsider,” “folk,” “visionary,” “primitive” or “naïve.”  For the artists, it is their background, environment, or even personal challenges that typically garner more attention than the artwork itself.

The exhibition begs the questions: “Should not their work be acknowledged and accepted for what it is?” and “Why shouldn’t these artists’ efforts be recognized without the implied caveats of additional labels or unique storyline?”

East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70300, Johnson City, TN 37614
www.etsu.edu

Museum Gugging, Maria Gugging

until October 7, 2018

Museum Gugging presents art brut works by well-known and newly discovered classics in "existence.! humans in the jean-claude volot collection", the first showing of Jean-Claude Volot's collection in Austria.

Volot is one of today’s most unconventional art collectors. He is fascinated by the existential questions of human life: fate, constraints and suffering, horror and madness, the power of creativity, and love. His collection juxtaposes Art Brut with works of famous artists and yet to be rediscovered classics such as Karel Appel, Gaston Chaissac, Hans Bellmer, or Louise Giamari.

Jean-Claude Volot has been collecting art for three decades. In the selection of his works he ignored the prevailing canon of irrefutable aesthetic qualities which has been stipulated by the purchasing decisions of French museums and art institutions. Volot took and takes the freedom in the compilation of the works that these institutions have denied themselves. Jean-Claude Volot stockpiled all of these artworks in his own monastery, Auberive Abbey, in a secluded forest in Haute Marne. Thousands of paintings, objects, and sculptures are stored behind century-old walls, and the public should not be deprived from them, for they can provide us with insights into facets of our own existence and possibly also our souls – if we let them.

museum gugging
Am Campus 2, A-3400 Maria Gugging, Austria
www.gugging.at

Black Sheep Gallery, Nova Scotia

until October 21, 2018

Black Sheep Gallery presents works by Jacob Roth, who began sculpting at the age of 82 and worked into his nineties, creating over 100 sculptures.

Jacob Roth was born in 1896 in Punkeydoodles Corners, Waterloo County and he was raised as a Mennonite. After spending his working years farming and at a variety of other jobs, at the age of 82 he moved in with his son Stanley and he began to work on his first sculpture. His first piece was a horse and buggy, but soon he was making wagons and sleighs of various types, and constructing more complicated pieces showing community activity such as auctions, quilting bees and barn raisings. Jacob’s works were assembled from wood, fabric, metal and pieces of plastic, often incorporating found objects. They chronicle familiar events in the life of the Mennonite community where he grew up and lived. One of these, which we will have on display, depicts a sulky race with six horse drawn sulkies and drivers, along with a group of spectators crowding around the finish line. Jacob continued to work on his assemblages and carvings into his nineties, and attributed his work on over 100 sculptures with keeping his mind and body healthy. In 1992, the Canadian Museum of History purchased a number of his works, some of which are featured in the publication, "Just For Nice; German Canadian Folk Art" CMCC, 1993.

Black Sheep Gallery
1689 West Jeddore Road, West Jeddore Village, Nova Scotia, B0J 1P0 Canada
www.blacksheepart.com

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