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New Director at Collection de l'Art Brut

Sarah Lombardi confirmed as Director of Collection de l'Art Brut

The Municipality of Lausanne has appointed Sarah Lombardi, current interim Director of the Collection de l'Art Brut, as the new permanent Director. Her vast experience in the field of Art Brut along with her knowledge of the museum will enhance the new projects being initiated by the museum.

Born in 1972, Sarah Lombardi completed her Art History studies at the University of Lausanne, supplemented by experience and research in the curatorial field of Art Brut in Quebec. She knows the Collection de l'Art Brut well, having worked there since 2004 as a Research Associate and Curator, and finally Director ad interim from 1 January 2012. Throughout her years at the institution she coordinated various exhibitions, both at the museum and abroad, including 'Dubuffet and Art Brut' in 2005 in Lausanne and Düsseldorf, and 'Japan' in 2008 in Vienna. Sarah Lombardi led and participated in numerous publications in the field of Art Brut and has been temporary Director since last year.

Through her recognized expertise in the field, her personality and her dynamic and unifying passion for Art Brut, Sarah Lombardi may well reinvigorate the institution, developing various projects and strengthening international collaborations. She also intends to enhance the richness of the museum (with its 60,000 works) through the presentation of a large thematic exhibition that will be held every two years, featuring works solely from museum's collections, promoting the rediscovery of historical artists. This should help to reaffirm the unique status of 'parent collection' Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, at a time when Art Brut is continuing to gain more worldwide recognition.

Secret Universe: George Widener

Secret Universe: George Widener

A retrospective of large drawings and numerical compositions.

Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidensrasse 50-51, Berlin

Mary T Smith and JB Murray in Paris

Mary T Smith and JB Murray in Paris

‘Voodoo Child’ at abcd, la galerie and ‘Misssissippi Shouting’ at Galerie Christian Berst present two celebrated artists from America’s south.

JB Murray and Mary T Smith
abcd, le galerie
12 Rue Voltaire, 93100 Montreuil, Paris
open weekends only 1200 - 1900

Mary T Smith
Galerie Christian Berst
3-5 Passage des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
open Tuesday - Saturday 1100 - 1900

Valerie Rousseau appointed at American Folk Art Museum

January 16, 2013, NY, NY: Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Executive Director of the American Folk Art Museum, announced the appointment of Dr. Valérie Rousseau as Curator of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, responsible for continuing and expanding the Museum’s initiatives in the field of art created by the self-taught, associated with folk art and art brut.

Born in Saint- Jean-Port-Joli (Québec), Canada, Dr Rousseau has conducted several studies and projects in this art field, both in North America and abroad, in collaboration with many organizations and museums. She has been the program director at the Outsider Art Fair (2012 and 2013) and has lectured internationally. She is the author of numerous catalogs, essays and articles. Of particular note is Vestiges de l’Indiscipline: Environnements d’Art and Anarchitectures published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau.

In 1998 Rousseau co-founded the Société des arts indisciplinés (SAI), Montreal, the first Canadian organization devoted to documenting, studying, and presenting the works of self-taught artists. She served as director and curator until 2007.

Uncommon Artists at American Folk Art Museum

The Hill-Blanchard Series will feature cameo talks. Edward Puchner, curator of exhibitions, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina will discuss Minnie Evans; Lyle Rexer, a writer and critic, will discuss Gayleen Aiken; Cara Zimmerman, Executive Director, Foundation for Self-Taught Artists, will discuss George Widener; and Jenny Moore, Associate Curator, New Museum, will discuss Rosemarie Trockel. 9:30 a.m. to Noon, February 2.

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square/Columbus Avenue at 66th Street

A shuttle bus will be provided from the Museum to the Outsider Art Fair for the first 50 persons who reserve seats. This program is free, but reservations are required.
Call Rachel Rosen at 212-265-1040, ext. 381.

Outsider Art Fair Under New Ownership - Previews Jan 31

Outsider Art Fair Under New Ownership - Previews Jan 31

The Outsider Art Fair - under new ownership and at a new location in New York, previews on Thursday January 31. The Fair will then be open on Friday until Sunday.

According to an interview in Art in America, new owner Andrew Edlin says that he has ‘no plans to blur the boundaries or change definitions at the fair. Its renegade feel is one of the great things about it.’ Edlin formed Wide Open Arts to purchase the Fair and also feels that the move of location to Chelsea will ‘place the Outsider Art Fair in the middle of the mainstream contemporary art world.'

Quality galleries such as St Etienne, Carl Hammer and Ricco Maresca who had left the Outsider Art Fair in the past will be returning this year. A vetting committee has also been established consisting of Shari Cavin, Andrew Edlin, Carl Hammer, Jane Kallir, Frank Maresca and Randall Morris.

A daily programme of discussions and talks has been organised by Valerie Rousseau and speakers will include Swiss photographer Mario del Curto, Kent Minturn from Columbia University, Thomas Roeske, director of the Prinzhorn Collection, Daniel Baumann from the Adolf Wölfli Foundation and Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, London.

Mario del Curto will also make a tribute to Genevieve Roulin, the late assistant Director of the Collection de l’Art Brut and a special exhibition is also being held of work by Renaldo Kuhler of the imaginary country of Rocaterrania.

Outsider Art Fair, January 31 - February 3
Center 548, 548 West 22 St, New York, NY 10011.
Full details at www.outsiderartfair.com

RAW EROTICA - New Raw Vision Book Ships Spring 2013

RAW EROTICA - New Raw Vision Book Ships Spring 2013

Raw Erotica - a new book from Raw Vision, will be published in Spring 2013. Featuring essays by Colin Rhodes, Roger Cardinal, Michael Bonesteel, Jenifer Borum, Laurent Danchin, Thomas Roeske and Francoise Monnin, the book is a survey of highly personal imagery by outsider and self-taught artists reflecting their innermost desires and feelings.

The host of artists represented in this unique book include Adolf Wölfi, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Mose Tolliver, Henry Speller, Carl Genzel, Ody Saban, Steve Ashby, Roy Ferdinand, Harold Jennings, Johann Hauser, Malcolm McKesson and Joe Coleman, and many many more.

METRO SHOW opens January 23 2013

 METRO SHOW opens January 23 2013

The Metro Show opens its second edition in New York on Wednesday January 23 (preview), with the Show open from Thursday January 24 through Sunday January 27. Dealers represented will be offering a range of works, from Americana, Tribal and Folk to Outsider and Self-Taught. Galleries will include Ames Gallery, Carl Hammer, Giampietro, Cavin Morris and Ricco Maresca.

The Metro Show, January 24 - 27.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street, New York.

Farber Donation to Collection de L'Art Brut

Farber Donation to Collection de L'Art Brut

Pascal Verbena’s monumental assemblage sculpture, Holocaust, has been donated to the Collection de l'Art Brut by Sam and Betsey Farber. Created mainly from salvaged driftwood, the piece is over five metres long and comprises a multitude of drawers and secret compartments, containing graveyard soil and photographs of people considered to have disappeared. The Museum now features a newly designed exhibition layout for its permanent collection, which includes several other pieces from its Verbena collection. Also until April 14, 2013, an exhibition at the Collection will be displaying drawings, carved dolls and photographic prints by Morton Bartlett.

11, av. des Bergières, CH - 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland
tel: +41 (0)21 315 25 70

USA. Storytelling at AVAM

USA. Storytelling at AVAM

until September 1, 2013
AVAM’s year-long exhibition, The Art of Storytelling, explores the impact of story via visual narratives created by over thirty visionaries, including the intricate cut-outs of Béatrice Coron, Mars Tokyo’s miniature 3D theatres, and Chris Roberts-Antieau’s latest embroidered fabric appliqués.

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: 410 244 1900,