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NAEMI, Miami

until April 13, 2020

NAEMI (“National Art Exhibitions of The Mentally Ill”) presents “The Magic of the Outsider Object”, bringing together the works of 16 art brut artists from various countries.

Centro Cultural Español
1400 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 116, Miami FL 33132

Willem Van Genk at Outsider Art Museum, Amsterdam

until May 3, 2020

"Willem van Genk: WOEST", a large retrospective at the Outsider Art Museum, has been extended until May 3.

The show will then travel to the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne and the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

Outsider Art Museum
Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, 1018 DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Outside In Call for Artists

April 13, 2020

Outside In, the British charity supporting artists facing significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation, is calling for artists to submit works for the chance to be exhibited at Fabrica, Brighton, UK, in July 2020.

The theme of the exhibition "Look Closer, Think Bigger" is large and miniature artworks. Outside In artists are invited to submit works that fit into either of these two categories by April 13.


Paa Joe at The High, Atlanta, GA

until May 31, 2020

Artist and master craftsman Joseph Tetteh-Ashong (Ghanaian, born 1947), also known as Paa Joe, is the most celebrated figurative coffin maker of his generation. In the tradition of figurative coffins—or abeduu adekai (which means “proverb boxes”)—the structures represent the unique lives of the dead.

Organised by the American Folk Art Museum, this exhibition comprises a series of large-scale, painted wood sculptures commissioned in 2004 and 2005 that represent architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts, which 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 they were forced through the “Gates of No Return,” these enslaved people started an irreversible and perilous journey during which many died. Relying on traditional techniques and materials, Joe crafts his sculptures to represent vessels ferrying the dead into the afterlife that speak to spirits separated from bodies in trauma.

In addition to the seven architectural models, the exhibition features archival documents and recordings, including photographs and short films by award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Wigley and art historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, curator of Ghana’s 58th Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Outsider Art at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

until 3 May 2020 

Turner Contemporary is showcasing the work of artists and makers from the Alabama and surrounding states in “We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South”. It is the first exhibition of its kind in the UK and reveals a little-known history shaped by the Civil Rights period in the 1950s and 60s, bringing together sculptural assemblages, paintings and quilts by more than 20 African American artists from Alabama and surrounding states. Featured artists include Hawkins Bolden, Beverly Buchanan, Thornton Dial, William Edmondson, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter; Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary T Smith, James Son Ford Thomas, Bill Traylor and Purvis Young.

Turner Contemporary
Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG, UK


From Turner Contemporary's website:

We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South is the first exhibition of its kind in the UK and reveals a little-known history shaped by the Civil Rights period in the 1950s and 60s.

It will bring together sculptural assemblages, paintings and quilts by more than 20 African American artists from Alabama and surrounding states. The artists represented in the exhibition lived through the Civil Rights struggle and its aftermath, often in conditions of poverty.  This art is characterised by the remaking and reuse of materials through necessity, custom, culture and innovation as well as a vital connection to place and nature.The exhibition also features Civil Rights music and documentary photographs that reveal the links between the art and its context.

Some works are in direct dialogue with this era of protest, while others evidence the longstanding impact of segregation and racial terror. Produced from the mid-20th century to the present, many of the artworks will be coming to Europe for the first time. In an era of worldwide protest on the streets, We Will Walk addresses issues of race, class and resistance through a diverse range of works developed outside of the mainstream.

Much of the work in We Will Walk draws on the tradition of the ‘Yard Show’, temporary outdoor environments made from salvaged materials. This includes the root sculptures of Bessie Harvey and Emmer Sewell’s iconic sculpture created outside her home in Marion County. The exhibition will see a series of quilts from the isolated hamlet of Gee’s Bend (known today as Boykin) in Alabama go on display in the UK for the first time. These world-famous quilts have a distinctive style, and are often made from recycling old clothing such as blue jeans. The exhibition also features guitars by Freeman Vines, including one made from the wood of an old hanging tree.  These artists turned impossible circumstances into innovative artworks.

The exhibition is curated by Hannah Collins and Paul Goodwin with Turner Contemporary.

American Folk Art Museum, New York

until May 31, 2020 

"American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection" showcases more than 70 works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s premier collection. These works respond to freedom, tolerance and intolerance, opportunity, and legacy, and offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of the United States.

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets)
New York, NY 10023

Inuti Galleri, Stockholm

until March 6, 2020

Inuti Galleri presents works by Estonian outsider artist Aivar Kurvits.

Inuti Galleri
Primusgatan 114, 112 67 Stockholm, Sweden

La Pop Galerie, Sète

until March 7, 2020

La Pop Galerie presents new works by Pakito Bolino and classic paintings by Gerard Lattier.

La Pop Galerie
15 Quai du Pavois d’Or, Sète, France

Creative Growth, Oakland, CA

until March 11, 2020

Guest curator Anton Stuebner presents “No More I Love Yous”, an exhibition that explores how intimacy and desire are expressed through a visual language. Featuring painting, sculpture, and video from Creative Growth’s studio and archives, the exhibition highlights seven artists who offer poignant, perceptive, and often humorous meditations on how we form relationships with ourselves and others: Juan Aguilera, Casey Byrnes, Rosena Finister, Susan Janow, William Scott, Gerone Spruill, and Ron Veasey.

Creative Growth
355 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 

Caroline Crozat at Galerie Art Cru Berlin

until March 7, 2020

In “Diversité: Caroline Crozat”, Galerie ART CRU Berlin presents paintings by French artist Caroline Crozat in her first solo exhibition in Germany. 

Galerie ART CRU Berlin 
im Kunsthof, Oranienburger Straße 27, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

From Galerie Art Cru Berlin's website:

In February CAROLINE CROZAT will open the first exhibition of the gallery ART CRU this year after an involuntary break of over three months.  Due to a water damage the gallery had to close the doors temporarily since 04.11.2019. The non-profit gallery for art by people with disabilities and psychiatric experience was severely affected by the damage. After the great shock and weeks of clean-up work, the gallery is now looking into an uncertain future and is currently focusing on compensating the artists appropriately for the damage caused and at the same time resuming exhibition operations.

Galerie ART CRU Berlin shows paintings by French artist Caroline Crozat in her first solo exhibition in Germany. Crozat was born in Paris and, after stops in Lorraine, Metz and Fensch, now lives in Pordic in Brittany. She describes her concern as a “human painting”, a “peinture humaine”.