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Dapper Bruce Lafitte in New York

until December 1, 2019

FIERMAN presents 45 Don't Have Love For Me, a solo exhibition of new work by Dapper Bruce Lafitte. It is the artist’s third exhibition at FIERMAN, following a solo show in 2017 as well as an artist-curated exhibition in 2018. The show is comprised of over forty small-scale drawings done in the artist's signature style: depicting variegated and tumultuous crowds, the rigid choreography of marching in step, as well as the direct interventional use of text. If his earlier work largely focused on the marching bands and street parades of his native New Orleans and the heroic boxers of his youth, the new drawings directly address the historical and contemporary racial violence inherent in American, and particularly Southern, culture.

The title of the show 45 Don't Have Love for Me explicitly addresses the current president and the climate engendered by his open embrace of white supremacist and racist ideologies. If the crowds in Bruce’s earlier work have been largely jubilant spectators at a parade or a Muhammad Ali fight, in these drawings masses of hooded Klansmen abut groups of protestors. The precise formations of marchers in his parade drawing are supplanted by rows of slaves in plantation fields or contemporary prison work lines, a jarring and affective visual simile. Contemporary political events appear, including the death of Eric Garner, the removal of Confederate Statues, and Make America Great Again rallies, alongside the sporadic presence of the President and First Lady, rendered humorously and unintentionally savagely small and impotent. When extrapolated across the artist’s body of work, the parade marchers and the boxing crowds and the protest rallies and field slaves reveal Dapper Bruce’s project as a whole: using a self-taught style of drawing to document first hand “the history and culture.”

Dapper Bruce Lafitte (b. 1972, New Orleans) lives and works in New Orleans, LA. He is a self taught artist who has had solo or two person shows at M&B Gallery, LA (2019); Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (2018); Arcade, London (2018); FIERMAN, NY (2017, 2018); The Intuit Center for Intuitive and Self-Taught Art, Chicago (2017); Louis B. James Gallery, NY (2015); among others. His work is in the collection of the Intuit Center, Chicago; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection, Milan. His work has been published in The New York Times, ArtForum, Art in America, Harper's Magazine, and Victory Journal, among others.

127 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002

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