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Galerie Gugging, Austria

until March 10, 2019

Philipp Schöpke was one of the first generations of Gugging artists however his work remained unseen for many years. Ten years since his death, this first solo exhibition presents his life's work for the first time.

Museum Gugging
Am Campus 2, A-3400 Maria Gugging Austria


From Museum Gugging's website:

The name Philipp Schöpke is only known by few art enthusiasts. Yet his enigmatic and fascinating oeuvre counts, without doubt, amongst the most interesting work created in Gugging. The fate of this creative mind, who died in 1998 at the age of 76, is exemplary for all those Art Brut artists whose work went unheeded because of their position on the margins of society. At an early stage curator Johann Feilacher recognized the extraordinary dimensions of Schöpke’s artistic work and supported his potential, thereby laying the foundations for a re-examination of his work. In the exhibition philipp schöpke.! museum gugging presents an extensive compilation of the artist’s oeuvre and invites its audience to rediscover this outsider.

John Dunkley and Paa Joe at American Folk Art Museum, NY

until February 24, 2019

Just opened in New York: "John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night" is the first exhibition of the work of the legendary Jamaican Intuitive John Dunkley (1891–1947) ever presented outside his native country. Featuring rarely seen, atmospheric paintings, its catalogue features an in-depth essay by the late David Boxer, the former, longtime director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Also on view: "Paa Joe: Gates of No Return", a selection of architectural models by the Ghanaian artist Paa Joe representing extant castles and forts on West Africa’s Gold Coast.

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023

From American Folk Art Museum's website:

John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night

John Dunkley (1891–1947) is widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s most important artists. This first exhibition of his oeuvre outside of his native country creates an international context for its appreciation. Composed of forty-five works, it includes his paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, which are primarily landscapes defined by their distinctive dark palette and psychologically suggestive underpinnings, alongside rare carved wood and stone figurative sculptures. Dunkley was working at a pivotal time in Jamaica’s history, contributing to the formation of an independent nation. His life and work provide insight into the broader economic and social factors, as well as the popular culture, that defined this era in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami and sponsored by Davidoff Art Initiative. It is curated by Diana Nawi with Nicole Smythe-Johnson; Dr. David Boxer served as curatorial advisor; Valérie Rousseau, curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum, is the coordinating curator. A 224-page illustrated catalog (English and Spanish) is available.

Paa Joe: Gates of No Return

Accra-based artist and craftsman Paa Joe (b. 1947), known for his figurative coffins that draw from the traditional Ghanaian custom of abebuu adekai, gained international recognition in seminal presentations like Magicians of the Earth (Pompidou, 1989). This exhibition presents a unique series of large-scale painted wood sculptures commissioned in 2004 and 2005—architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts that served as way stations for more than six million Africans sold into slavery and sent to the Americas and the Caribbean between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Once forced through these “Gates of No Return,” they started an irreversible, perilous journey during which many died. This production alludes to Paa Joe’s coffins, seen as vessels ferrying the dead in the afterlife, speaking to spirits separated from bodies in trauma. Archival documents and recordings accompany the show.

Curator: Valérie Rousseau, curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum

Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam

until December 29, 2018

“Contrasts II” is the second part of the exhibition held at Galerie Hamer earlier this year, with works on paper that emphasise diversity.

Includes pieces by Federico Cortizas (Cuba), Mahmood Khan (Iran) and David Houis (Belgium).

Galerie Hamer
Leliegracht 38 – NL-1015 DH. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marcel Storr at Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY

until December 8, 2018

Marcel Storr’s (1911-1976) extraordinary drawings of churches, overblown cathedrals and futuristic cities are the subject of this second exhibition with Andrew Edlin Gallery, titled “Marcel Storr: Mysterium Tremendum”. Only 63 of Storr's works are known to have survived and they were never exhibited until a selection was included in “Aux Frontieres de L’Art Brut No. 2” at Halle Saint Pierre (Paris) in 2001. In December 2011, Storr's first solo exhibition was organized by critic and art historian Laurent Danchin at Le Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in Paris, where over 20,000 people attended.

Andrew Edlin Gallery
212 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Kunsthaus Kannen, Münster

until January 27, 2019

In the 21st annual exhibition, 300 paintings and objects created by outsider artists at the studios of the Kunsthaus are presented. These 30 artists live or work in Alexianer and most experience mental disabilities. The works shown are also available for sale. Works include expressionistic-looking, colourful painting, watercolours and drawings, digital collages and objects made of different materials.

Kunsthaus Kannen
Alexianerweg 9, D-48163 Münster, Germany

Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg

until January 20, 2019

Travelling exhibition "Extraordinaire! Unknown Works from Swiss Psychiatric Institutions around 1900" gives an insight into the fascinating art of Swiss psychiatric patients around the year 1900, through a multitude of exhibits. The show also presents an unusual research project, intended to inspire more research into patient art – as many more artistic works of this kind remain undiscovered, in medical records.

In a project by the Zurich University of the Arts, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the medical records and the historical collections of 18 cantonal institutions were searched for patient works from 2006 to 2014. This was the first attempt, in Switzerland, to gain an overview of the artistic works created and kept in psychiatric institutions, focused on those works produced around 1900. The result is an image database with over 5000 works, most of which were previously unknown to researchers. A selection of these is presented to the public for the first time in the exhibition "Extraordinary!".

Patients created these works with dedication as well as with great technical and artistic skills. They considered them as contributions to public life, as inventions, or as expressions of their thoughts, as criticism of the institution, or as an enrichment in their monotonous everyday life. Their art is characterised by their perspective of what was considered "abnormal", and their exclusion, as people, from public life.

The exhibition travels through three institutions and three countries. In addition to the Prinzhorn Collection in Heidelberg (Germany), it will be on display in the Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland) from February 9 to May 19, 2019, and in the LENTOS Kunstmuseum in Linz (Austria) from June 8 to August 18, 2019. A catalogue will be issued in German and English.

Prinzhorn Collection
Universitätsklinikum, Heidelberg, Voßstraße 2, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Art Against the Flow, Chicago IL

The “Art Against the Flow” Summit will take place on November 1–3 at Ace Hotel Chicago (311 N. Morgan St., Chicago). One of the highlights of the Summit is the charrette at Intuit on November 1, from 3-5 p.m., to participate in the design conversation on Intuit’s façade.

As part of the summit, on November 2, at the Arts Club of Chicago, Intuit is hosting a discussion on Jean Dubuffet’s seminal text “Anti-Cultural Positions,” delivered at The Arts Club in 1951, which elucidated his groundbreaking approach to auteurs—Dubuffet’s term for Art Brut artists, with special guest speaker Carine Fol, artistic director, CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Brussels.

The summit includes lectures, presentations and panel discussions with outsider art curators, artists and professionals from around the country. Click here for the programme or to register.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL


Tufts University, Medford MA

until December 16, 2018

Featuring works by some of the foremost self-taught artists of the 20th century – including Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, William L. Hawkins, Mary T. Smith, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young – Expressions Unbound celebrates the recent gift from Tufts and Fletcher alumnus Andrew and Linda Safran. The Safran Collection marks the first major contribution of American outsider art to the school and is the largest single-collection gift of works by African American artists received to date. Expressions Unbound highlights 19 artists known for their transformative use of materials—from paint and pencil to dirt and found wood—to visualize bold and deeply personal narratives. Whether rooted in experience, religious fervor, or popular culture references, the works in Expressions Unbound exemplify modes of regional art making that have long lived outside the academy structure, but have had enormous impact on visual culture and the arts. Expressions Unbound is accompanied by a full-color catalogue by art historian Evie T. Joselow, PhD, that documents the entire collection.

Tufts University Art Gallery
Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore MD

until September 1, 2019

"Parenting: An Art without a Manual" brings together historic, l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation), traditional and transcultural wisdom right beside the latest scientific insights from expert brain and behavioural research. Futurists weigh in to document the swiftly changing influences on parenting and the projected trajectory of those changes on the families of today and tomorrow. 

American Visionart Art Museum
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230

From AVAM's website:

For nearly a year, The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) will focus public attention on what might be humanity's most essential performance art — the intuitive, transformative, and complex art of parenting. AVAM's exhibition showcases works by 36 artists, created out of every conceivable medium, to best express their own personal life experience of parenting and being parented — be it good, bad, horrific, and/or sublime, alongside revelations from the latest scientific research, globally sourced wisdoms, and fun.

Included in this lively and wholly honest contemplation of parenting will be an overview of historic and traditional patterns of parenting, its transcultural practice, as well as expert futurist projections regarding the swiftly evolving changes in parenting in an era of increased capacity for bioengineered baby design and robotics. Even trans species animal parenting — with photo documentation of real-life surprisingly loving animal adoptions outside of their respective species — will be on view.

This is an exhibition that aims to guide the visitor of any age to better understand parenting as one of the key, most powerful of influential forces known to humankind. But like all of its fellow great powers — money, sex, religion, and government — parenting is in and of itself neither good nor bad, but rather a powerful magnifier of intention. The hope of this exhibition is to deepen collective understanding of the challenges and importance of parenting and awaken the freeing power of forgiveness for both our parent and child selves. Our goal is nothing less than to inspire well-informed parenting best practice, honest dialogue, child and parent reconciliation, and a better way forward. In summation, the poet philosopher George Santayana wrote, "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." A special thanks to assistant and co-curator Anna Gulyavskaya.

Exhibition Artists

Bobby Adams • Anonymous Artists • Morton Bartlett • Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher • Daniel Belardinelli • Leon Borensztein • Wendy Brackman & The Catskilled Crafters • Tanja Brandt • Allen David Christian • Jim Condron • Loring Cornish • J.J. Cromer • Scott Cromwell • Kahlil Gibran • Paul Graubard • Alex Grey • Betty Grodnitzky • Francisco Loza • Lower Eastside Girls Club • Jordan MacLachlan • Ray Materson • John O’Brien • P.NOSA • Mary Proctor • Carolynn Redwine-Geer • Chris Roberts-Antieau • Romaine M. Samworth • Philippe Saxer • Ann Sosbe • Linda St. John • Robert Sundholm • Mars Tokyo • Frank Warren • George Williams • Chris Wilson • Jack Ziegler

Jennifer Lauren Gallery, London

October 25-28, 2018

Building on the success of its last three exhibitions, "Thoughts and Utterances: Threading Together the Narrative of Life" at Jennifer Lauren Gallery features three artists from across the world, all sharing their memories in an explosion of colour, line and form: Ben Wilson (London), Garrol Gayden (New York) and Robert Fischer (Germany). 

20 Arlington Way, Islington, London, EC1R 1UY