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La Maison Rouge, Paris

until September 17, 2017

"Inextricabilia: Magical Mesh", curated by Lucienne Peiry, features art brut, African ritual objects, religious art, folk art, modern and contemporary art focusing on the symbol of the knot. All of the objects convey striking analogies in the entwining, entangling and knotting of hemp cord, hair, strips of leather, gold threads, blades of grass, raffia, rope and fabric. Whether organic, plant or metal, these fibres are ingeniously assembled, stitched, woven or knotted together into inextricable meshes that are also highly symbolic objects.

Each piece is instilled with healing, purifying or protective powers that will drive away evil, endowing them with a spiritual, religious or magical role. With objects and artworks by Arthur Bispo do Rosario, Pierrette Bloch, Cathryn Boch, Louise Bourgeois, Peter Buggenhout, Antonio Dalla Valle, Heide de Bruyne, Erik Dietman, Teresa Ottallo, Lisette H., Sheela Gowda, Jules Leclercq, Marie Lieb, Jean Loubressanes, Man Ray, Annette Messager, Marc Moret, Michel Nedjar, Virginie Rebetez, Borbála Remmer, Judith Scott, Pascal Tassini, Jeanne Tripier, Giuseppe Versino and Chen Zhen.

La Maison Rouge
Fondation Antoine de Galbert
10 bd de la Bastille - 75012 Paris, France

Musée Visionnaire, Zurich

until December 23, 2017


The Musée Visionnaire presents its eighth big exhibition "Three stories from Zurich", with works of Hans Krüsi, Emil Medardus Hagner and Gebhard Hafner. 


Most of the works by Hans Krüsi have never been shown before, coming from the artist's inheritance given to the Kunstmuseum Thurgau. Emil Medardus Hagner's fairy tales on canvas and comics will be shown, and the geometric and colorful compositions as well as the poems of Gebhard Hafner.


Musée Visionnaire

Kuratorin und Verantwortliche Kommunikation,Predigerplatz 10 - 8001 Zürich, Switzerland


Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

until November 26 and October 1, 2017

Until November 26, Collection de l'Art Brut presents a major retrospective of works by Czech artist Anna Zemánková (1908–1986). The exhibition has been set up in close conjunction with Zemánková's family who, for many years now, has sought to promote her works. The Collection de l'Art Brut has assembled a large selection of nearly 130 drawings from both its own holdings and the family's private collection: many of these are being shown for the first time. Works from a private Czech collection are also on display, together with archival documents, a to-date-unreleased film on Anna Zemánková and a major monograph.

Parallel exhibition "Michael Golz: Travels in Athsoland", showing until October 1, explores the artist's imaginary country, "Athosland". The work is a lifetime project on which this German artist, together with his brother Wulf, has been applying himself tirelessly since his childhood years (1960s). The resulting imaginary world is full of mountains, hills and lush green valleys through which rivers flow; these real-life elements coexist with the strange and marvelous. Golz's universe, which is developed and expanded on day by day, is a most impressive topographic map. Once all the different parts are assembled—which comes to no less than 150 cardboard sheets—that map measures 14 by 17 meters. Accompanying the map are drawings in coloured pencil and felt-tip pen, offering a precise depiction of the land's picturesque cities and villages. Completing this monumental work is a series of thick, numbered binders: these are meant as travel guides of a kind. Binding together hundreds of sheets of paper sheathed in transparent adhesive film, they offer illustrated stories about the "Ifichen mem" — that is, the inhabitants of his utopian world.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

through August 13, 2017

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents "The Best Way to Prepare Bananas: Fruits of the Soul from the Permanent Collection", with rarely seen and previously unexhibited works by Louis Eilshemius, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, and others. The works are drawn entirely from the Johnson’s collection, with gifts from Cornell alumni and several artists with local connections.

Pecker (1998; rated R), director John Waters’ satire of an outsider in the art world, will screen on Thursday, July 13, 7.00 pm at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca. Matt Conway will introduce the film along with exclusive Goodnough shorts from the collection not on view elsewhere.

Text reproduced from The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art's press release:

Artist Louis Eilshemius (1864–1941) attended Cornell in 1882–84, and his words served as the inspiration behind the exhibition.

The title is derived from a series of letters to the editor published in the New York Sun in 1918. The first issued a challenge: “The Banana Puzzle—A Genius Wanted Who Will Make from the Fruit Flour that Will Keep.” Eilshemius offered a reply but ultimately declared, “Why want a flour out of bananas any way? Are they not best in their natural state? I prefer them so.”

Later, in a 1920 speech to Marcel Duchamp’s modern art club, Eilshemius stated, “Everybody can make academic art, but everybody cannot produce soul art.”

Matt Conway, registrar at the Johnson, curated this exhibition as a showcase of intriguing and sometimes offbeat works that elude categorization. “In the spirit of Eilshemius, we ask that visitors approach the show with an open mind, and enjoy the works just as they are,” Conway said. “The show is not about technical virtuosity, but creativity and imagination.”

Some of the more well-known artists on view were self-taught, including Thornton Dial, Sr. (1928–2016), known for works that relate his own life experience in the Deep South, and the Rev. Howard Finster (1916–2001), who designed album covers for Talking Heads and R.E.M.

Clara Seley (1905–2003) was also self-taught. She was married to Jason Seley, Cornell Class of 1940, himself a sculptor and a dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Clara’s work will be shown alongside her gifts of Haitian art to the Johnson Museum by Jasmin Joseph, Sisson Blanchard, St. Pierre Toussaint, and others, collected since the Seleys’ association with Haiti’s Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince.

Other artists included in The Best Way to Prepare Bananas, like Eilshemius and Robert Goodnough (1917–2010), consciously chose to work in a nonmainstream manner despite formal art training.

Goodnough, who was born in Cortland and graduated from Syracuse University in 1940, gained recognition as a painter but worked in a variety of media. A selection of his rare “Dinny the Dinosaur” stop-motion shorts will be included in the exhibition and at a special screening event.

Pecker (1998; rated R), director John Waters’s loving, knowing satire of an outsider in the art world, will screen on Thursday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca. Matt Conway will introduce the film along with exclusive Goodnough shorts from the collection not on view elsewhere. Tickets are free for Johnson Museum Members and $5 for the general public.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Cornell University, 114 Central Avenue, Ithaca NY 14853


Galerie Art Cru Berlin

until August 4, 2017

"To Be Aware" features work by Alexander Kurfürst and Katinka Kaskeline.

August 25 through September 30, see works by Michael Golz and Torsten Holzapfel.

Galerie Art Cru Berlin
im Kunsthof, Oranienburger Straße 27, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

July 14 – September 10, 2017 

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens invites viewers to explore a world made by two self-taught artists. "Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures" showcases cardboard puppets by Brent Brown, who was featured in Raw Vision 92 – and pattern-filled landscapes by Sybil Roe Thompson. Both artists live with developmental disabilities and use art as an important means to express themselves. Brent Brown uses cardboard and acrylic paints to create unique sculptural puppets inspired by mythical creatures and pop culture. Sybil Roe Thompson paints meticulously detailed patterns to convey complex ideas and feelings she can’t express through words. The pieces in this exhibition by these visionaries are refreshingly honest and pure, showcasing a deeper look into the personality of both artists. This exhibition, made in partnership with the Outsider Folk Art Gallery, also addresses a larger conversation about the validity of untrained artists and how their work should be viewed as equally profound within the larger art community.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens 
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Arctic Outsider Artists in Norway

until September 1, 2017

"Cool – The Arctic Outsiders", the latest show at Sortroms Museum/Trastad Samlinger, includes ceramic vignettes by Canadian outsider artist Jordan MacLachlan (featured in Raw Vision 94) alongside works from other Arctic countries including Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The exhibit is taking place in a new gallery in the centre of Harstad during The Northern Norway Festival.

The museum for Outsider Art in Norway has had an emphasis on Outsider Art for many years and has produced a book on the subject.

Sortroms Museum
Trondenesveien 122, N-9404 Harstad, Norway

Radical Craft in Aberystwyth

until September 2, 2017

Carving in miniature (toothpicks and pencil leads), reworking found objects from places like the River Thames and hospital grounds, wrapping, covering and epic missions in model making are all ways in which the self-taught artists in Aberystwyth Arts Centre's current exhibition practise and make work outside the mainstream.

"Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making", co-curated by Laura Hamilton, features 34 international and UK artists who express their creativity unbounded by taught conventions.

It includes artworks by historically renowned artists associated with Outsider Art and contemporary self-taught artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation; 21 of whom have been selected from open submissions.

Most have never received any formal art training, although their practices may have been nurtured and encouraged in specialist centres or studios. Their work or, creative impulses have been developed with an obvious inventiveness and independence, which is rarely aimed at a particular audience, public recognition or marketplace.


Rev. Albert Lee Wagner At AVAM

July 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018

Curated from over 50 masterpieces by Reverend Albert Lee Wagner that have been recently gifted to the American Visionary Art Museum by Gene and Linda Kangas, "Reverend Albert Lee Wagner: Miracle At Midnight" will also include two of Reverend Wagner’s largest works, donated to AVAM’s permanent collection ten years ago by Pat Handal.

Text reproduced from avam.org:

Museum founder and director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, is the curator of "Miracle at Midnight" - a show title commemorating the transformative moment when house paint spilled on a floor board forever changed an actively sinning Wagner as he prepared for his own 50th birthday. Transfixed by the scene of pooling paint, Wagner experienced a spiritual epiphany, forever ending his womanizing and kicking off an intense period of religious service and art making that would endure until his peaceful death at the age of 82.

Hoffberger says, "Much like his fellow visionary artist Reverend Howard Finster, who began his prolific art making only after receiving a message from a face perceived in a paint smudge on his finger, or the famed French Postman Cheval, who tripped on a stone and instantly understood he could hand-build a rock palace that stands today, 100+ years later, Wagner's 'Miracle at Midnight' gives stunning visual testimony to the truth of Maya Angelou's wise observation, 'If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.'"

800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230

Art of Treason, Brighton

July 7–21, 2017

Ana Pallares (b. 1993) is a young female artist from Barcelona who lives and works in London. July 7th sees her first solo exhibition in Brighton at Art of Treason Gallery. The theme for her show is "Music or painting? Both!"

Drawing on her favourite songs which inspired her to become an artist, Pallares has produced a series of work that is playful and colourful. She primarily uses her art as an outlet to channel the bipolar and OCD issues which have accompanied her all her life.

Private view July 6th, 6.30-9.30pm with an opportunity to meet the artist.

The Art of Treason Gallery
35 Gloucester Road, Brighton BN1 4AQ, UK