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until August 25, 2018

In “Ali Baba Contemporary”, Polysémie presents artworks by David Abisror, Georges Bru, Andre Robillard, Dominique Liccia, Marcus McAllister, Mahmoodkhan Salim, Izabella Ortiz, Evelyne Postic, Imem Sucahyo and others including outsider artists from China and Scotland.

12 High Street, 13002 Marseille Cathedral, France
www.polysemie.com

until September 9, 2018

This year’s euward7 award show at the Buchheim Museum presents works by 17 artists including Michael Golz (Germany), Ota Prouza (Czech Republic) and Clemens Wild (Austria).

Euward is the European Art Award for painting and graphics in the context of mental disability. Awarded every three years by the Augustinum Foundation Munich since 2000, this award is the only award of international importance in this field. This year, the three winners of the 7th Euward will be honored. Now for the second time, the prizes are awarded in the Buchheim Museum. Here, the three winners, along with 17 other nominated artists, will be honored with a major summer exhibition. In the international scene of the so-called Outsider Art, this art prize, presented every three years since 2000 by the Augustinum Foundation Munich, is regarded as the most important show of contemporary art of this kind in Europe. The viewer dives into an imagery, which shows the creative richness of these creators on the verge of our official culture. Her work has been receiving increasing attention in the art scene for years. And it is not for nothing that they have been among the most important initiators of Western art since the Classical Modern era. With the concept of judging, presenting and promoting the current work of as yet undiscovered artists, the cooperation between the Augustinum Foundation and the Buchheim Museum makes a decisive contribution to their perception.

Buchheim Museum
Am Hirschgarten 1, 82347 Bernried am Starnberger See, Germany
www.euward.de
​www.buchheimmuseum.de

until August 26, 2018

The paintings of New York self-taught artist Jon Serl (1894–1993) are as worn, nuanced, and unexpected as the man himself. Painted on found boards, they travelled with him for years and depict scenes from his multifarious and troubled life. In “Jon Serl: The Hawk of Elsinore”, The Good Luck Gallery presents the paintings of Serl in partnership with the Tartaglia Collection and in affiliation with Cavin-Morris Gallery, for an exhibition curated by Randall Morris.

The Good Luck Gallery
945 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.thegoodluckgallery.com 

From The Good Luck Gallery's Press Release:

Born in Olean, NY in 1894 to a family of itinerant carnival/vaudeville performers, Serl was intimate with hardship. One of twelve children, he was starved by his father in order to keep him thin enough to play a woman in the family performances. He would eventually break away from the family business and go on to work as a chuckwagon chef in the Pacific Northwest, a day laboring fruit harvester, a gardener, and a voiceover actor in Hollywood – eventually quitting films in protest of the cruelty to horses in the Westerns.

Serl began painting in the 1940s after a move to San Juan Capistrano. Initially creating paintings for the practical purpose of adorning his own walls, he was soon painting full time, a compulsive need to negotiate with old demons, memories, and resentments driving him. Serl’s paintings were autobiographical, recalling his childhood of performing, the halcyon days between the world wars living in a makeshift community of fellow gay men and women in Texas, and his many surrealist fantasies.

His subject matter ranged from mundane everyday objects and occurrences to the supernatural. Friends with the likes of Hedda Hopper and James Dean, Serl also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1989 and 1990. His house in Lake Elsinore – where he lived for the last twenty years of his life amongst his paintings, chickens, and Chihuahuas – was a stopping place for young matadors making the bullfight circuit from Canada to Mexico.

“I know about color and line, I know what life is about and how it has treated me, and that is part of what I paint.” Jon Serl

A performer at heart, the act of painting became his performance. Randall Morris, who visited the artist many times in the last years of his life recalled; “It was an overall jazz improvisational performance, with him talking to the painting out loud, warning it, questioning it, praising it in the thick, dry, almost impossible heat of the room he used as a studio in his rambling maze of a multi-roomed shack.”

Beginning with a solo exhibition curated by Paul Schimmel in 1981 at Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, Serl went on to exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY; The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and has had multiple solo exhibitions at Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Washington, D.C among many others. Through an extraordinary set of events characteristic of the almost mystical atmosphere surrounding Serl’s 98-year-life, many of the paintings in this exhibition have never been seen by the public and encompass a full spectrum of Jon Serl’s vision of America.

Ever enigmatic, the thrice-married Serl never publicly came out, but his paintings made his jitterbugging cross-dressers universal.  He painted pleasure and beauty and sharp-fanged nightmares.  He was a unique Old Master of American Art Brut who hid mystery, danger, and history in the expressionistic language of his paintings

until May 31, 2020

"Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade," in the McCarl Gallery at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum features over twenty rare, colorful and pictorial Navajo weavings created by anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition showcases a variety of pictorial designs, materials, and symbolic imagery. The earliest object is a man's traditional wearing blanket from about 1860. Later weavings from the early 20th century began to depict the influence of the Anglo world including the incorporation of trains, American flags, and livestock.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
326 Francis St W, Williamsburg, VA 23185
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/art-museums/rockefeller-museum

until September 13, 2018

Gerald Wiggins joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2008.  Working with coloured pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolour, Wiggins draws with a precise and controlled line, carefully colouring to convey detail. Everything is Quiet: A Solo Exhibition of New Work by Gerald Wiggins features a wide range of Wiggins’ most recent work and host of ceramic figures from all walks of life.

Gerald Wiggins' (b. 1968) depictions of human figures, animal life, and fantastical creatures are stunningly accomplished. Working with colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor, as with digital printmaking software, Wiggins draws with a precise and controlled line, carefully coloring to convey detail.

Occasionally, key portions of a figure or natural element are left unfinished, or isolated parts are collected together in a single piece; these techniques add visual playfulness to his style. “I like the feeling of making something in your head that doesn’t exist," Wiggins says, "to make it real.” Wiggins also creates ceramic sculptures, from frightening vampiric characters to a rotating cast of life-like city dwellers he calls "the crew." This exhibition features a wide range of his most recent work and host of ceramic figures from all walks of life.

Wiggins joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2008. He co-curated Shoerageous in 2014, an exhibition featuring shoes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. 

Creativity Explored Gallery
3245 Sixteenth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 
​www.creativityexplored.org