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An Alternative Canon: Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art

Curated by Paul Laster

July 22 – August 28, 2020

Morton Bartlett Untitled (girl with flowers & broach), 1955

Morton Bartlett
Untitled (girl with flowers & broach), 1955
Vintage gelatin silver print
3.5 x 3 inches
Collection Julie Saul

Joseph Elmer Yoakum

Joseph Elmer Yoakum
King Leopold Range, Argyle Downs, Australia, c. 1969
Color pencil on paper
12 x 18 inches
Collection Adam Lindemann

Matthew Wong Untitled, 2005

Matthew Wong
Untitled, 2005
Ink on rice paper
41 x 37 inches
Collection John E. Cheim

Bill Traylor Black Horse, 1939-42 

Bill Traylor
Black Horse, 1939-42 
Pencil and poster paint on cardboard
14 x 22 inches
Collection Lucy Mitchell-Innes

Hawkins Bolden Untitled (Scarecrow), c.1980s

Hawkins Bolden
Untitled (Scarecrow), c.1980s
Tire, wire, carpet and denim jeans fragment
20.5 x 12 x 6.5 inches
Collection Scott Ogden, SHRINE Gallery

Henry Darger  Untitled (She Got to Sit on Ringo's Lap), c. 1966-67

Henry Darger 
Untitled (She Got to Sit on Ringo's Lap), c. 1966-67
Mixed media on paper
18 x 24 inches
Collection Andrew Edlin

Kalapalo Tribe Amazonian Native Drawing, 1970-80

Kalapalo Tribe
Amazonian Native Drawing, 1970-80
Paint on paper
18.6 x 12.6 inches
The Shin Collection, New York

 

Derrick Alexis Coard

Derrick Alexis Coard
Sunbaked Hebrew, 2013
Graphite and pastel on paper
24 x 18 inches
Collection Nicolas and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
Des Hommes Admirant (L'Arc en Ciel), 2007
Colored pencil and ballpoint pen on cardbstock
12 x 8.5 inches
Collection Barry Malin

Mose Tolliver  Peacock Lady, n.d

Mose Tolliver 
Peacock Lady, n.d
Paint on board
16 x 18 inches
Collection Susan Inglett, New York

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Untitled (Nov. 4, 1977), 1977
Oil on board
29.5 x 26 inches
Collection Andrew Edlin

Elisabetta Zangrandi Pachamama, 2018

Elisabetta Zangrandi
Pachamama, 2018
Acrylic on wood
14 x 14 inches
Collection James Barron

Helen Rae June 30 2016, 2016

Helen Rae
June 30 2016, 2016
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
24 x 18 inches
Collection Nicolas and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Dougherty The Third

Dougherty The Third
Leo Castelli on West Broadway, 1994-1999
Gelatin silver print with ink and carved writings
10 x 14 inches
Collection James Salomon

Anna Zemánková Untitled, c. early 1960s

Anna Zemánková
Untitled, c. early 1960s
Pastel, ink on paper
33 x 23 inches
The Ashe' Collection/Shari Cavin and Randall Morris

Cut Iron Life-size Target, ca. 1950-60

Cut Iron Life-size Target, ca. 1950-60
43 x 29 inches
Collection Ricco/Maresca Gallery

An Alternative Canon: Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art
July 22 – August 28, 2020
Curated by Paul Laster

Following in the footsteps of such pioneering art dealers as Phyllis Kind (1933-2018) and Sidney Janis (1896-1989), more and more contemporary galleries are now exhibiting Outsider Art. Kind championed both contemporary art and the work of self-taught artists at her galleries in Chicago and New York, and Janis, who represented twentieth-century giants like Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko and Guston, brought attention to American “primitive” painters like John Kane and Morris Hirshfield in his seminal 1942 book They Taught Themselves. Today’s dealers and gallery directors are also adding works by untrained artists to their personal collections.

Over the past year alone, three solo exhibitions for important Outsider artists have opened at contemporary galleries in New York. David Zwirner held a show of drawings by Bill Traylor (1853-1949), who was the subject of a major retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. in 2018 and at the American Folk Art Museum in New York in 2013. Venus Over Manhattan showed works by Joseph Yoakum (1890-1972), who had a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972 and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, which travels to the Menil Collection and the Museum of Modern Art. Barbara Gladstone is currently exhibiting the drawings of the late Chinese outsider, Guo Fengyi (1942-2010), whose one-person exhibition To See from a Distance was held at the Drawing Center earlier this year.

 



An Alternative Canon features nearly seventy-five artworks lent by more than thirty dealers, including a Yoakum drawing from Adam Lindemann; paintings by Folk Art legends John Kane and Grandma Moses from Jane Kallir; a Bill Traylor drawing from Lucy Mitchell-Innes; works by artists associated with the Creative Growth Art Center from Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn; sculptures by legendary New York street artist Curtis Cuffie from Aarne Anton; Italian self-taught artists Vera Girivi and Elisabetta Zangrandi from James Barron; Czech art brut artists Zdenek Košek, Luboš Plný and Anna Zemánková from Shari Cavin and Randall Morris; Japanese Outsider artists Misaki Ohya and Yuichi Saito from Sayaka Toyama and Daniel Silverstein, respectively; Ivorian folklorist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré from Barry Malin; a Tom of Finland drawing from John Cheim; Vernacular art relics from Frank Maresca; photographic works by unknowns and lesser-knowns from David Winter and James Salomon, along with a Morton Bartlett from Julie Saul and a Weegee from Daile Kaplan; works by artists associated with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from Scott Ogden, Susan Inglett and Hong Gyu Shin; and works by untrained masters Henry Darger, Guo Fengyi, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Adolf Wölfli from Andrew Edlin; along with other fascinating pieces from a surprising group of dealers.

The concept for this show grew out of the tremendous response to the exhibition at the New York Outsider Art Fair in January, Relishing the Raw: Contemporary Artists Collecting Outsider Art, which was also curated by Paul Laster.

Click to watch an exhibition walkthrough with curator Paul Laster

Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art

Diane Ackerman: Lonnie Holley

Aarne Anton: Curtis Cuffie, O.L. Samuels

Joe Baptista: Walter Mika

James Barron: Isidoro Cruz Hernandez, Norris Embry, Vera Girivi, Dan Miller, Reza Shafahi,
           Elisabetta Zangrandi

Chris Byrne: Susan Te Kahurangi King

Shari Cavin and Randall Morris: Leonard Daley, Zdenek Kosek, Joseph Lambert, Melvin
           Edward Nelson, Luboš Plný, Jon Serl, Anna Zemánková

John Cheim: Tom of Finland, Matthew Wong

Kathleen Cullen: Felipe Jesus Consalvos

Andrew Edlin: Jim Carrey, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, Guo Fengyi, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, George Widener, Adolf Wölfli

Shelley Farmer: Edward Deeds, Jr (aka The Electric Pencil), Julian Martin

David Fierman: John Hiltunen

Leo Fitzpatrick: Daniel Johnston, Taylor Mead

James Fuentes: Herold Pierre-Louis

Jay Gorney and Tom Heman: Minnie Evans, Ray Hamilton, Melvin Way

Susan Inglett: Mose Tolliver

Jane Kallir: Ilija Bosilj, John Kane, Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses, Josef Karl Räder

Daile Kaplan: Weegee

Birte Kleemann: Anonymous, Guyodo

Adam Lindemann: Joseph Elmer Yoakum

Barry Malin: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Frank Maresca: Anonymous

Lucy Mitchell-Innes: Pearl Blauvelt, Bill Traylor

Scott Ogden: Hawkins Bolden, Ike Morgan, Prophet Royal Robertson, Chuckie Williams 

Tom Parker: Madge Gill, John Martin, Edwin Zalenski

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn: Derrick Alexis Coard, Helen Rae, Aurie Ramirez

James Salomon: Dougherty The Third

Julie Saul: Morton Bartlett

Hong Gyu Shin: Ange Boaretto, Kalapalo Tribe, Purvis Young

Daniel Silverstein: Yuichi Saito

Gary Snyder: Janet Sobel

Michelle Tillou: Winfred Rembert

Sayaka Toyama: Misaki Ohya

David Winter: Anonymous

Amy Wolf: Frank Walter

Anna Zorina: Billy White

 

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