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David Butler at JMKAC

May 21 – Sep 10, 2017

In Shelter: David Butler, Leslie Umberger collaborates in exploring relationships between the art environment of David Butler and the work of southern African American quiltmakers. Included in the exhibition are works by Butler from the Arts Center’s collection and on loan from the American Folk Art Museum, and improvisational quilts dating from the first half of the twentieth century by unknown makers on loan from the collection of Corrine Riley.

Text reproduced from jmkac.org:

Born in Saint Mary Parish, David Butler (1898–1997) lived in New Hope, near Patterson, Louisiana. In his early sixties, he suffered a work-related accident and was forced to retire. With time on his hands, Butler began to fill his yard with all manner of cutout sculptures. Using the most basic materials and tools, he crafted wildly imaginative and kinetic sculptures that formed the basis for a ”yard show”—an African American tradition common in the South—around his modest home. Colorfully painted and patterned exotic animals, sea creatures, farm animals, and imaginary forms populated his yard.

Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, draws comparisons between Butler’s environment and the improvisational quilts made by African American women across the South.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Halle Saint Pierre

until July 30, 2017

Grand Trouble features drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos by 40 artists, including Arthur Aillaud, Ode Bertrand, Iris Levasseur, Sinyoung Park and Tomi Ungerer.

The exhibition was born of a movement of a dozen artists who wanted to exchange their passions. These artists then invited about thirty people to join them: writers, filmmakers, musicians. Together, they created this exhibition which strives to escape labels and explore the world in its violence and fear but also its mystery and beauty. Conferences, concerts and film screenings have also been added to this project.

Halle Saint Pierre
2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, France


Collection Cérès Franco

until November 7, 2017

The Coopérative – Collection Cérès Franco gives carte blanche to Jean-Hubert Martin who has selected 280 pieces from the collection along with several others from the Daniel Cordier collection, for the exhibition L’Internationale des Visionnaires.

Featured artists include Jule Barreto, Pierre Bettencourt, Gaston Chaissac, Chichorro, Chomo, Corneille, Joël Crespin, Danielle Jacqui and Rosemarie Koczy.

La Coopérative-collection Cérès Franco
Route d'Alzonne, 11170 Montolieu, FRANCE

Raymond Reynaud in Arles

until May 20, 2017

"La force en dedans: Raymond Reynaud et l'art singulier" features paintings and sculptures by Raymond Reynaud (1920-2007), works by his students at the Atelier du Quinconce Vert in Salon-de-Provence, and a selection of works by his contemporaries in the field of singular art, artists such as Chomo, Jaber and Danielle Jacqui.

Eglise des Freres Precheurs
Quai Marx Dormoy, 13200 Arles, France

Ghanian Movie Posters in Montpellier

May 18 – June 24,

An opportunity to see Ghanian movie posters from the collection of Pascal Saumade (La Pop Galerie). These original paintings on old seed bags will be exhibited at La Jetéé in Montpellier, France from May 18 until June 24.

La Jetéé
80 rue du Faubourg Figuerolles, Montpellier, France

Adamson Collection in London

15 May – 25 July, 2017

Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways: Selected Artists from the Adamson Collection displays selected works by eight people, chosen for their distinctive visual styles and particular histories.

The Adamson Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of artworks made by psychiatric patients. It consists of approximately 6,000 paintings, drawings and sculptural objects, produced between 1946 and 1981 by the residents of Netherne, a long-stay British mental hospital, under the guidance of Edward Adamson.

Adamson (1911-1996) was initially engaged to assist with research into the relationship between mental illness and creativity: as a professional artist, his job was to encourage the patients to paint, with the resulting works transferred to clinicians for analysis. After the study ended in 1951, Adamson established an open studio where residents were allowed to come and paint freely. He rejected the diagnostic focus of the earlier experiments, convinced that the very process of art making was therapy enough, and that creative expression could be a tool to help people find their way back to wellness.

This exhibition presents these eight individuals as artists, rather than as un-named and undifferentiated psychiatric patients, and framing their objects as artworks, the exhibition highlights the aesthetic, personal and historical dimensions of the collection, whilst remaining sensitive to its medical and therapeutic contexts.

Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, School of Arts
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD 


Maroncelli 12, Milan

until October 31, 2017

Maroncelli 12 is showing the colourful work of little known Italian outsider artist Tarcisio Merati. "Tarcisio Merati: Feast of Colours" features 20 artworks including two tapestries, expressing the artist's changeable mental state. 

In 1975 Merati discovered painting and up until 1983 he attended an art studio inside a mental institution every day, producing a great amount of work. “Freed” by painting, Tarcisio creates a different reality from the one he is living in, each time he paints. Even when his sister came to take him home from the institution he preferred to stay and create. For seven years now, Merati has not painted. He kept asking her to go back to the “castelletto" (small castle, which is what he calls the institution).

In 1991 he was sent to a retirement home close to the hospital, allowing him to go back to the painting studio. Merati produces his own graphic language. The uccelletti (little birds), the macchinette (small cars), the turbines, maps of Italy, decorated alphabet letters, aeroplanini (small airplanes), and insects feature in his work. These subjects, expressed in a variety of forms and colours, invade the space around them, making a rich, bright, and modern Merati opera.

Merati is known only by a small number of collectors. In 1993 he had his first exhibition at Teatro Sociale in Bergamo presented by Vittorio Sgarbi. He has been exhibited internationally exhibitions at Bergamo and at Halle Saint Pierre.

Maroncelli 12
20154, Milan, Italy

Tryst in Canterbury, UK

until May 28, 2017

"Tryst" is an exhibition currently showing at the historic Conquest House in Canterbury, a venue that has had few people inside its walls and only recently has hosted a few exhibitions. This is an extensive exhibition with drawings, corn and tree sculptures and more. It also includes rare, unseen, unexhibited works of spiritualist Madge Donohoe as well as drawings by renowned English mediumistic self-taught artist Madge Gill. Featured artists include Nick Abrahams (films) Andy Turner (folk singer) Eric Wright (artist) Cathy Ward (artist and curator) and works by visionary Madge Gill and spiritualist Madge Donahoe, with special guest performers.

Conquest House
17 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DZ, UK

Seymour Rosen in San Jose, CA

until May 19, 2017

Pioneering Los Angeles photographer Seymour Rosen (1935-2006) documented street scenes and popular culture from the 1960s onward and his work provides a portrait of mid-century Los Angeles in all its grandeur and grit. Rosen was one of the first people to seriously document outsider environments in California and was involved in the struggle to save the Watts Towers from destruction by the LA authorities. He founded SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of environments created by self-taught and non-mainstream artists and builders. This will be the only West Coast exhibition of the material which will be subsequently transferred to the Kohler Foundation in Wisconsin. 

Text reproduced from http://events.ha.sjsu.edu/art/events/seymour-rosen/

Born in Chicago, Rosen arrived as a teenager in Los Angeles with his family, and found his life’s work after his brother brought him back a camera when he returned from his military deployment in Germany. He wrote that “the ‘50s [were] a perfect time for a youngster of 17 to come to Los Angeles,” and he expressed how invigorated he was by the “new tastes and smells” as well as by “novel forms of creativity.” Rosen informally apprenticed to the noted photographer Marvin Rand, who had been photographing Sabato Rodia’s Towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles, among other subjects, and suggested that Rosen try to photograph them himself. At his first attempt, Rosen walked around and around, finally snapped three photographs, and then gave up; seduced by their beauty and undaunted by their complexity, however, he was to return again and again for fifty more years, and his photographs of the Towers have become some of the most iconic—as well as historically valuable—images ever made of these spectacular constructions. 

After returning from military service in Korea, Rosen became a photographer for the seminal Ferus Gallery, and his images of some of the most important figures in the contemporary art scene of that time continue to be referenced and reproduced. As he also pursued his ongoing documentation of the Towers, his interest expanded to other popular, creative, and vernacular arts of all kinds. He captured images of custom hot-rod cars, store-front churches, street happenings such as the “love-ins” of the sixties, parades, murals, neon signs, graffiti, gang markers and more, reveling in the boundary-busting aesthetic expressions of those who would never describe themselves as artists. He realized that the “extemporaneous individual acts of people declaring their existence” were universal, but, as so many of them were ephemeral, they were also almost universally unrecorded in a consistent manner. He set out to fill that gap, melding sometimes stark documentary work along with elegant and artful experiments with light and form. 

While Rosen was honored with two solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the early 1960s and one at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1978, the range of his work has not been fully explored since that time. This will be the only West Coast exhibition of this material: subsequent to the SJSU display the artist's archives will be transferred to a Midwestern museum and Foundation. This exhibition has been drawn from SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments, the nonprofit organization that Rosen founded to document the often ephemeral acts and expressions created by residents of mid-century Los Angeles and, indeed, the world: the range of wonderful and woeful moments that make up - and perhaps change - our lives.

Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery
Art Building #127, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95122

JB Murray at Shrine, NYC

until May 14, 2017

"J.B. Murray: Visions from the Sun" at Shrine, NYC, is a solo exhibition of drawings and abstract spiritual texts by the self-taught artist John Bunion Murray (1908-1988). Murray was an African American farmer who lived in rural Glascock County, Georgia. 

J.B. Murray began to create in his seventies following the onset of what he believed to be direct spiritual transmissions from God as well as the spirits of his deceased relatives and he developed his own secret script that only he could decipher.

191 Henry Street, NYC 10002