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High Museum of Art

through May 7

Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915–1950 explores how experiences of rural life changed the direction of American art. Organised in collaboration with the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition features nearly 200 artworks, including more than 70 from the High’s permanent collection, that encompass a wide range of media and makers—from paintings and photographs to murals and sculpture, by trained and self-taught artists, modernists and regionalists. Featured artists include N. C. Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Grandma Moses, Hale Woodruff, Bill Traylor, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, and Peter Sekaer, among many others. The exhibition demonstrates the impact of the American countryside on these artists’ practice and explores how they adapted the modernist style to express their sense of place. This exhibition was organised by the Brandywine River Museum of Art in collaboration with the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309
www.high.org

Yummm! at AVAM

until September 3, 2017

In Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food, 34 visionary artists explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food. The exhibition aims to inspire a greater awareness of the revolutionary creativity needed to envision how a future planet of 9.5 billion earthlings will safely eat, cultivate, distribute, share, and even package food in radically more healthful, less wasteful, and equitable ways.

Yummm! features food-centric paintings, sculptures, embroideries, installations, and films. Some artworks are even directly created from edibles. Artists include Gil BatleWayne CoyneChristian TwamleyWendy Brackman and Ramon Alejandro.

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
www.avam.org

 

 

Adolf Wölfli Exhibition in Japan

Adolf Wölfli: A Kingdom of 25,000 Pages is the first large-scale retrospective of Adolf Wölfli ever held in Japan, tracing the artist’s entire output from the beginning to the end of his career. Organised in collaboration with the Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Bern, it includes 74 specially selected works.

 

Showing at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art until February 26. Organised by Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the Kobe Shimbun, and the Sankei Shimbun.

At Nagoya City Art Museum from March 7 – April 16. Organised by the Nagoya City Art Museum and the Chunichi Shimbun.

At Tokyo Station Gallery from April 29 – June 18. Organised by Tokyo Station Gallery (the East Japan Railway Culture Foundation) and the Tokyo Shimbun.

Image: Adolf Wölfli, St. Wandanna Cathedral in Band-Wall 1910,©️Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Bern

57th Venice Biennale

May 13 – November 26, 2017

The central exhibition st this year's Venice Biennale will feature 120 participants. Curated by Christine Macel, the main exhibition, Viva Arte Viva, has been pitched as a biennale "with the artists, by the artist, and for the artists" and aims to reiterate the importance of art in unstable times. Featured outsider artists will include Lubos Plny, Judith Scott and Dan Miller.

The main exhibition will be surrounded by the 85 pavilions of participating countries, each with its own curator.

Works by Frank Walter will be shown in the Antigua and Barbuda pavilion. Frank Walter, The Last Universal Man (1926–2009) will include a selection of paintings, sculpture, audio recordings and writing, as well as video exploration of Walter's entire oeuvre consisting of 5,000 works of art and a 25,000-page archive.

Tickets to the Venice Biennale can be purchased here.

www.labiennale.org

Galerie ART CRU Berlin

February 16–19, 2017

Galerie ART CRU Berlin is exhibiting works by four outsider artists at Art Karlsruhe:

Betty Feix, who works in Berlin as a painter and writer.

Michael Golz and his enormous Gesamtkunstwerk “Athosland” which he has been working on since the 70s.

Achim Maaz (1955-2014) who created mostly double-sided drawings.

And Dan Miller, one of the best-known artists of the renowned Californian outsider art studio Creative Growth.

Opening on Wednesday, February 15 at 5pm, Art Karlsruhe features 200 nationally and internationally renowned galleries.

Messegelände, Messeallee 1, 76287 Rheinstetten, Germany
www.art-karlsruhe.de
www.art-cru.de

Ronald Lockett at Ackland Art Museum

until April 9, 2017

Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett is the first solo exhibition of Ronald Lockett’s art. It emphasises the powerful themes the artist explored over the course of his career through about 50 of his works.

The exhibition, which was presented in 2016-2017 at the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, marks the first time that viewers will be able to gain insight into the full range of Lockett’s paintings and assemblages.

Raised in Bessemer, Alabama, near Birmingham, Lockett (1965-1998) was influenced by other self-taught African American artists in his closely knit community, including his cousin Thornton Dial (1928-2016), who mentored him. Through his art, Lockett explored events in twentieth-century history that he sought to better understand; among them are acts of large-scale violence and terrorism such as the Holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building. He also grappled with emotionally-charged subjects such as racial and political tumult, including the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the unfulfilled promises of the Civil Rights Movement; environmental degradation; and religious faith.

In his final years, following his diagnosis with HIV/AIDS, his art explored mortality, salvation, and remembrance. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, by the time of his death at age 32, Lockett had produced an estimated 400 works of art created from a wide variety of found materials.
 

ACKLAND ART MUSEUM
101 S. Columbia Street University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
http://ackland.org/exhibition/ronald-lockett/

Festnaiv in Moscow

In Moscow a large exhibition of the International Triennale of naive and outsider art "Festnaiv" has just opened and will run through March 2017.  25, Petrovka St., Moscow A variety of contemporary naïve and Outsider Art selected by the jury of the festival is on display. A parallel exhibition at the same venue is showcasing classic naïve artists from the collections of MORLANA and MMOMA, and other personal and state collections.

25, Petrovka St., Moscow, RUSSIA
http://www.naive-museum.ru/o-muzee/festnaiv/festnaiv-2016-english

 

Galerie Gugging

February 16 – May 9, 2017

 

The animal kingdom, in all its facets, is fascinating and is repeatedly used as a subject in Art Brut.

 

The artist Franz Kamlander from Gugging became famous for his drawings and paintings of animals. Coming from a farm in Lower Austria, his favourite topic was clearly the depiction of cows. He drew and painted beloved “livestock” - the term mostly used to describe domesticated animals in agriculture - in countless variants as a symbol of his youth. For him and all his artist colleagues, it’s not about producing the most natural depiction possible of an animal but about conveying its emotions. It’s the feelings of animals that are presented and the perception of these feelings by the artist.

 

Experiences and memories find expression in drawings, paintings and objects. In addition to Franz Kamlander’s work, franz kamlander & co: "animal efforts" presents a further 25 artists - from Laila Bachtiar to August Walla - who provide an insight into the “brutish” animal world. Dense, archaic works by Michel Nedjar, fine drawings by Oswald Tschirtner and colour-intensive works by August Walla illustrate the wide range of approaches to this subject matter. With rarities by Anton Dobay and Ernst Herbeck, plus objects by Jens Mohr, paintings by Ernst Schär and drawings by Michael Vonbank seen at galerie gugging for the very first time.

 

To accompany the exhibition a catalogue has been published which gives you an insight into the “animal efforts” of Art Brut, with texts by Ernst Herbeck and Michael Vonbank.

 

GALERIE GUGGING

Am Campus 2, A-3400 Maria Gugging

www.gugging.com

Michel Macreau

until March 18, 2017

Some fifty works by Michel Macréau are being exhibited at Alain Margaron Gallery. These paintings and drawings, mostly from the 1960s, are rarely shown, with many being exhibited for the first time. This is the twelfth solo exhibition the Gallery has devoted to Macréau, having represented the artist since its opening in 1993.

ALAIN MARGARON GALLERY
5, rue du Perche 75003 Paris, FRANCE
www.galeriealainmargaron.com

Marie-Rose Lortet

until June 11, 2017

Les Attrape-Monde at Musée et Jardins Cecile Sabourdy is a major retrospective of works by self-taught textile artist Marie-Rose Lortet.

Jean Dubuffet noticed and immediately adopted Lortet's oeuvre in his Collection Neuve Invention. Her wire-like constructions appear to be knitted, woven or braided. Since the end of the 1960s, her multicoloured or angelic white artworks have been featured in many exhibitions around the world, from Europe to Japan and the USA.

MUSEE & JARDINS CECILE SABOURDY
Rue Chavaud, 87260 VICQ SUR BREUILH, FRANCE
www.museejardins-sabourdy.fr

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