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Outside In Exhibition in London

until January 2020

The exhibition "Environments", run by Outside In, an award-winning national charity which provides a platform for artists facing barriers to the art world, features the work of 80 outsider artists. Works chosen range from digital print, photography, embroidery, assemblage and clay sculpture to works created with pen, pencil, chalk, oil paint, watercolour and charcoal. 

Piano Nobile Gallery
Kings Place, London, 90 York Way, N1 9AG

Frederick Sommer at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NY

until November 27, 2019

In collaboration with Bruce Silverstein Gallery, "Frederick Sommer: Visual Affinities" presents works by the artistic polymath who had deep interests in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and collage. Sommer (1905–1999) was intent on expanding the limits of where beauty could be found, and after viewing a display of original musical scores, he began to formulate his own theories correlating the graphic design to the sound of musical scores. 

Ricco/Maresca Gallery
529 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

Outside In and Ingram Inside Out, Woking UK

until January 5, 2020

Bringing together the Ingram Inside Out and Outside In collections, "The Outside and the Inside", curated by Outside In director Marc Steene, includes everything from rare pieces by Scottie Wilson and Madge Gill to the first display of Wilhelm Werner’s drawings in the country. 

On Thursday November 14, 7.00pm - 8.00pm, Outside In Director Marc Steene will chair a discussion with a panel including John Maizels, Editor of Raw Vision, Outside In chairperson Charles Rolls, Thomas Röske, Director of the Prinzhorn Collection, and Amanda Sutton, Director of Venture ArtsClick here to book now!

The Lightbox
Chobham Rd, Woking, GU21 4AA, UK

Joe Coleman at Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY

until December 7, 2019

"Joe Coleman and The Shadow Self" surveys the past 25 years of the artist’s degenerate and deviant portraiture. Nineteen paintings are presented, many borrowed from private collections, along with a selection of new and more recent works. 

Andrew Edlin Gallery 
212 Bowery, New York, NY 10012


Anna Zemánková in Vienna

until January 31, 2020

For the first time in Austria, a solo exhibition is dedicated to the extensive oeuvre of Czech artist self-taught artist Anna Zemánková (1908–1986).

Österreichische Gesellschaft vom Goldenen Kreuze 
Kärntner Straße 26/ Eingang, Marco-d'Aviano-Gasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria



Raw Vision is very sad to announce that great visionary writer and art historian Roger Cardinal passed away on November 1 at the age of 79. His revolutionary book Outsider Art, published in 1972 was the very first work in English on the subject and gave the world the name ‘Outsider Art’, originally as an English equivalent to Dubuffet’s art brut definition.

Words can not really express what we feel at the moment but our sympathies go to his wife Agnes and his family.

Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection at La Casa Encendida, Madrid

until January 5, 2020

La Casa Encendida presents “The Electric Eye”, an exhibition featuring works by 41 creators from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection, the renowned art brut collection on permanent loan to the Centro de Arte Oliva in São João da Madeira, Portugal. The show explores mystery, esotericism and the occult, and includes work by Janko Domsic, Harald Stoffers, Melvin Way, Beverly Baker, Madge Gill, Anna Zemánková and Guo Fengyi.

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2, 28012 Madrid

From TSS' website:

The exhibition presents selected works from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection, one of the richest and most comprehensive collections of art brut in Europe, housed at the Centro de Arte Oliva in São João da Madeira, Portugal.

The Electric Eye, curated by Antonia Gaeta and Pilar Soler, revolves around a series of works that use the artistic language to reveal an enigmatic journey, a to-ing and fro-ing between several dimensions or between a visible and an invisible reality. Encrypted messages using cosmological structures provide a glimpse into diverse realities and worlds, often deliberately dark and characterised by complex iconographies.

The key to these works resides in the meeting between forms and meanings that bring together tutelary entities and figures. It is a project about the mystery in meanings and hidden presences. The exhibition dramatises these elements as transient memories, materialised as multiple, complex realities, specific calculations, pyramids of power, apathies abated with the concretion of a visionary mission.

Above all, the show presents visitors with a provocative impossibility: the inability to decipher the entire message behind the works, because in many cases the artists act as mediators between the rational world and another unknown or transcendental world.  The works therefore become narratives of the subconscious, inadvertently assuming aspects that subvert the established. Through a variety of coded messages, formulas, invented figures and secret codes, they question the limits of reason. There is always some hidden aspect that becomes an enigma and emerges as the only possible space of liberation in the face of its pathological condition. Conceived on these lines, the exhibition demonstrates the power of subjective processes, compulsive obsessions and fantastical visions.

Biennale Hors les Normes Volcanique, Aurillac

until November 16, 2019

The first "Biennale Hors les Normes Volcanique" is currently taking place in Aurillac. Twelve artists are exhibited: Anita Loisel - Annie Gabrielle Mallet - Bernard Le Nen - Corinne Bécot - Ise Cellier - Jean-Michel Chesné - Monique Le Hingrat - Margot - Roho - Véronique Dominici - Françoise Cuxac - Stéphane Cérutti.

Les Écuries, Jardin des Carmes, 15000 Aurillac, France

Lille Métropole Museum

until January 5, 2020

“Lesage, Simon, Crépin: Peintres, spirites et guérisseurs” explores the works of three mediumistic artists from northern France: Augustin Lesage (1876–1954), Victor Simon (1903–1976) and Fleury-Joseph Crépin (1875–1948).

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art
1 Allée du Musée, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France 

Creative Growth, Oakland, CA

until November 15, 2019

“Meeting Places: Mangkaja and Creative Growth” pairs Aboriginal artists from Western Australia alongside Creative Growth artists with disabilities.

Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 

From Creative Growth's website:

Creative Growth is pleased to announce Meeting Places: Mangkaja and Creative Growth, a groundbreaking exhibition that pairs Aboriginal artists from Western Australia alongside Creative Growth artists with disabilities. The exhibition is one of the first of its kind in the world and highlights the aesthetic and cultural connections between divergent populations of artists whose work is deeply connected to community and to non-academic artistic traditions.

Both Creative Growth and Mangkaja foster strong communities. Creative Growth is the oldest and largest center for artists with developmental disabilities in the world and has been at the forefront of advocating for work by developmentally disabled artists to be included in the contemporary art world. The organization provides visual art support and studio space to more than 150 artists with developmental disabilities every week, where they are encouraged to become a part of the community of artists while concurrently producing work that is a personal and singular form of communication with the world.

Aboriginal art centers like Mangkaja do not make distinctions about ability; yet they are often stratified based on senior cultural knowledge, where age is seen as a great asset to creativity. They are also safe places where many artists benefit from art as a therapeutic escape to complex life stresses and mental health issues. The art center is a lifeline, a meeting place, and a depository of knowledge. It supports the interests and incomes of contemporary artists and their communities, while remaining connected to Aboriginal culture, the longest continuous artistic tradition in the world.

Co–curators Emilia Galatis, an independent curator who works with the artists in Australia, and Tom di Maria, Director of External Relations at Creative Growth, collaborated during Galatis’ internship at Creative Growth and subsequent trips by di Maria to Australia. Inspired by the pure energy, community power, and the visual impact of each group of artists – and their often marginalized role in the contemporary art world – the exhibition examines intersections of the work itself and the frequent stylistic similarities shared between makers from these two art communities. Speaking to the similarity between the two art centers, Galatis notes, “When you walk into an art center, any art center, whether it’s Creative Growth or Mangkaja, you can feel something is happening. The vastly different work being created between conversations is community art-making at its best.”

The exhibition raises questions about the innate human need to create, and the visual language of community. Is there a visual lingua franca that speaks to us as human beings despite cultural and geographic separation? Within the exhibition, stylistic intersections are often striking. Works by Donald Mitchell (Creative Growth) and Daisy Japulija (Mangkaja) share an interest in an abstract expression of self and space; patterned works by Barry Regan (Creative Growth) and Sonia Kurarra (Mangkaja) are related by obsessive, repetitive stylistic mannerisms; and John Prince Siddon (Mangkaja) and John Martin (Creative Growth) demonstrate a fascination with the animals and objects that surround them, crafting their observations into fantastic personalized environments. Walmajarri sisters Sonia Kurarra and Daisy Japulija, who reside at a facility for palliative, disability, and dementia care that is supported by Mangkaja, are both represented in the exhibition. Their work shares affinities with Creative Growth artists Ruth Stafford and Nicole Storm, who each use decisive, repetitive lines as signifiers in their work.

“It’s exciting to welcome the Aboriginal artists from Mangkaja to Oakland and to exhibit their work alongside the work of Creative Growth artists” says di Maria.  “Every artist in the exhibition has a unique voice that responds to their respective artistic tradition and culture and serves as a powerful aesthetic vehicle to engage the viewer. The stylistic similarities are notable and express the inherent human need to place marks on paper, to record a person’s existence and view of the world.“

A catalog with an essay by noted Aboriginal expert Randall Morris from Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition will also take form again in New York in January 2020 at the Outsider Art Fair, where the work will be presented alongside other international artists whose work is non-academic in nature.