Web Analytics

News Archive

Adamson film at London Film Festival

Adamson film at London Film Festival

ADAMSON FILM
Oct 13
Abandoned Goods is a short film by Ed Lawrenson and Pia Borg, about the Adamson Collection. The film won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival and will be shown at the London Film Festival at 9pm on October 13.
www.bfi.org.uk/lff
(caption: Muriel Lewis)
 

Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.
Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
Abandoned Goods has been awarded the Golden Pardino for the Best International Short Film in the Leopards of Tomorrow Competition at Locarno Film Festival!

Willem Van Genk in New York

Willem Van Genk in New York

WILLEM VAN GENK AT AFAM
until Nov 30
Currently showing at the American Folk Art Museum is the first US exhibition of Dutch artist Willem Van Genk (1927–2005), one of the most renowned figures within the European art brut pantheon. Sixty-three works are shown including large-scale paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures of trolley buses, and even the artist’s collection of raincoats.
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
1865 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10023
www.folkartmuseum.org

Roots of the Spirit

Roots of the Spirit

ROOTS OF THE SPIRIT
until Nov 26
The Roots of the Spirit: Lonnie Holley, Mr. Imagination, Charlie Lucas and Kevin Sampson, curated by Martha Henry and Robert Poplack, sees the foursome’s work reunited for the first time since their showing together at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Wiegand Gallery
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue Belmont, CA 94002
http://www.ndnu.edu/arts-events/wiegand-gallery/roots-of-the-spirit
(caption: mr imagination, kevin sampson, charlie lucas, lonnie holley)

Visionary Experience at AVAM

Visionary Experience at AVAM

VISIONARY EXPERIENCE AT AVAM
Oct 4 – Aug 30, 2015
The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster champions the "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments of a variety of creators. Co-curated by acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille (The Source Family, 2012), and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, some of the exhibition’s highlights include a spirited centennial celebration of the American self-taught artist, Rev. Howard Finster; the giant otherworldly paintings of Ingo Swann; the cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell; the wildly expansive drawings and bronze wind-bells for future ecology-based cities of Italian architect Paolo Soleri; and illuminating works by visionaries Tom Duncan, Dr. Robert Hieronimus, Paul Koudounaris, John Worrell Keely and Dale Pond, Jason Padgett, Christine Sefolosha, and Judy Tallwing.

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. avam.org
(caption: Ingo Swan)

Outsider Art Conference in Melbourne

Outsider Art Conference in Melbourne

Oct 23–26, 2014
Arts Project Australia, in partnership with The University of Melbourne, will present a free international conference focusing on new paradigms and definitions of outsider art. Fifty leading artists, curators, educators and researchers from Australia and around the world will converge at The University of Melbourne to explore the topic of “Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context.”
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Grattan St, Parkville, VIC 3010, AUSTRALIA
www.outsiderartmelbourne2014.com
(caption: Julian Martin)

Adolf Wölfli classics showing at Gugging

Adolf Wölfli classics showing at Gugging

ADOLF WöLFLI AT GUGGING
until Mar 1, 2015
adolf wölfli. universum.! marks 150 years since the birth of the Swiss artist (1864–1930). Wölfli’s “Bread Art” will be displayed in the Novomatic Salon of the museum: single sheet drawings which he gave as presents or sold to a growing circle of interested doctors, nurses and visitors, or exchanged for drawing tools.
GALERIE GUGGING
Am Campus 2, 3400 Maria Gugging, Austria
www.gugging.org

De Stadshof Collection showing at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

De Stadshof Collection showing at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

DE STADSHOF COLLECTION
until Jan 4
In the series 'Sous le vent de l’art brut', the De Stadshof Collection, the national collection of Outsider Art from the Netherlands, will be on show at Halle Saint Pierre, with 350 works by 40 artists. Artists include Willem van Genk, Michel Nedjar, A.C.M., Johann Garber, Martha Grunenwaldt, Donald Pass and Christine Sefolosha.
HALLE SAINT PIERRE
2 Rue Ronsard, Paris 75018, FRANCE
www.hallesaintpierre.com

image: Willem Van Genk

Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection

September 10 2014 - August 8 2015

The University of Mississippi Museum of Art presents Our Faith Affirmed—Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection. Curated by the Los Angeles-based, scholar and collector Gordon W. Bailey the important exhibition features works by 27 artists, born between 1900 and 1959. Many of the artists are widely known and several, most notably, Thornton Dial Sr, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Robert Howell, Joe Light, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young are considered self-taught masters.

UM Chancellor, Dr. Dan Jones, commented, "It is a privilege for the University of Mississippi to exhibit these remarkable works of art. We are grateful to Mr. Bailey for his trust in allowing our university to be stewards of these treasures. Hosting Our Faith Affirmed allows us to continue our conversation about racial reconciliation and to further our goal of participating in a more just society.”

The powerful exhibition underscores the significance of Southern vernacular artists whose influence extends far beyond the realm of aesthetics. The artworks exude an authority of experience and directness of expression that bears witness to the considerable weight of Southern history, the saga of American politics, and, most clearly, to their faith and clarity of vision. Bailey suggested: “The arts are our cultural mortar. They solidify the bridges connecting diverse communities. Though the region is rooted in conflict, there are many good people of all races, genders, and socio-economic levels pulling, or in some cases, pushing in the same direction. The University Museum is a terrific place to pay tribute to African American Southern self-taught artists who persevered and, against all odds, created works of genius that will surely inspire students for generations to come.”

An illustrated catalog, edited by Bailey, features essays by: David Houston, Director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University’s College of the Arts in Columbus, Georgia; UM alumnus, W. Ralph Eubanks, editor of the venerable Virginia Quarterly Review; and Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson, UM alumnus, Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College Scholar, and an acclaimed hip-hop emcee and songwriter.

University of Mississippi Museum of Art

University Avenue and 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655

Image: Sulton Rogers, Vampires, Gift of Gordon W. Bailey

Outside In

Outside In

September 4 2014 - September 21 2014

The Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious is a group exhibition of black and white drawings by five selected Outside In artists. The chosen works hang alongside Nick Blinko’s minutely detailed monochrome pieces.

CGP London
Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA, UK
www.outsidein.org.uk

Image: Nick Blinko

Raw Vision Exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre

Raw Vision Exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre

September 18 2013 - August 22 2014

More than 400 works by 81 artists from around the world continue to show in the Raw Vision 25 years exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre.

HALLE SAINT PIERRE, 2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, FRANCE

Image: Reverend McKendree Long

Pages