Great to see the phenomenal reviews for the Joseph Yoakum exhibition at @v_over_m @timeoutnewyork says invented or not” the artist was visionary, https://www.timeout.com/newyork/art/joseph-yoakum and @jerrysaltz https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/joseph-elmer-yoakum-venus-over-manhattan.html and @robertasmithnyt weigh in https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/arts/design/what-to-see-in-art-galleries.html @cavinmorrisgallery @fleisherollman @carlhammergallery
#PhotoBrut Giovanni Galli (b. 1954) was born in Florence, Italy, and worked for a time in his father's company as a perfume and cosmetics salesman. On his father's death he found a part-time job in the city council’s finance department, while undergoing treatment for mental health issues. He was committed to a psychiatric institution in 1993 and joined the La Tinaia art workshop the following year, where he concentrated on drawing. His compositions depict nude women surrounded by military and space-travel hardware. He also depicts scenes of sadomasochism, in which women are always portrayed in the dominant role. Closely detailed from all angles, the female figures' sexual features are the object of special attention. Galli drew using graphite and coloured pencil, as well as sometimes employing collage and tracing. Image Caption: Giovanni Galli, Untitled, 2003, Coloured pencil, ink and collage on paper, 19.69 x 27.56 inches, courtesy of @christianberstartbrut
#PhotoBrut Pepe Gaitán comes from an affluent family. He pursued his studies in social communication and worked as a professor. He was particularly interested in radio. In 1975, the curious expression “Don’t eat so many sweets if you don’t want to catch amoebas” seemed to be the catalyst for a turning point in his life, spending his days in libraries, picking texts meticulously, photocopying them and then adding his touch, first by crossing out most of the letters, then transforming the page by adding collages and signs always with a very particular chromatic range. Each page hides amoebas that he calls pseudopods.Gaitán continues his artmaking in Bogota today. Image Caption: Pepe Gaitán, untitled, 2000, ballpoint pen, ink, collage, photocopy on paper, 8.46 x 10.83 inches, courtesy of @christianberstartbrut
#PhotoBrut Pietro was born in 1906 to a family of farmers living in northern Italy. As day laborers, his parents were constantly on the move. He was also a sickly child and, as a result, his schooling was irregular. The Ghizzardi family only put down roots in 1931, when they settled in Boretto. Twenty years later the River Po flooded, making a turning point in Pietro’s life: he decided to devote himself fully to art and to write the story of his life. His autobiography is highly inventive, with a somewhat unorthodox approach to spelling and syntax – Pietro spells his own surname Ghissardi, for example – and a total disregard for punctuation. Similarly, he used unconventional materials for his drawings and paintings, working with coal, grass, wine, blood, blackberry juice, brick dust, and soot, on scraps of old cardboard.Pietro died in 1986. He enjoyed the recognition of the Italian art establishment for the last fifteen years of his life, and a large number of studies have been devoted to his work. Image Caption: Pietro Ghizzardi, Untitled, u.d., natural pigments and soot on reused cardboard, 31.5 x 21.65 inches, courtesy of @christianberstartbrut
#PhotoBrut After working as a governess in the entourage of Kaiser Wilhelm II, for whom she developed an intense–and imaginary–attachment, Aloïse Corbaz returned to Lausanne at the start of WWI. She was diagnosed in 1918 as schizophrenic and placed for the remainder of her life in the asylum La Rosière in Gimel, where she began making art and eventually became known simply as Aloïse. Fortunately, her art was recognized by Dr. Hans Steck and preserved by Steck’s student Jacqueline Porret-Forel. Madame Porret-Forel introduced Jean Dubuffet to the artist and her work, which he saw as exemplary of art brut. Aloïse drew primarily with crayon and pencil, though she would infuse works with stains from crushed floral petals or occasionally mix in toothpaste. In her work images of women and their admirers proliferate. Aloïse would employ both sides of the paper, collage found images from magazines, and stitch together multiple pages into works. Image Caption: Aloise Corbaz, courtesy of JP Ritsch Fisch
#PhotoBrut Born on June 22, 1936 in Austria, August Walla was raised as if he were a girl, in order to spare him being enlisted in the army. At the age of nine, after having lived through the traumatizing experience of losing sleep for three months, he wrote in his school notebooks: “Everything that is red is diabolical.” At age 16, he was committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was released four years later. In 1970, August was again admitted to the psychiatric ward, in the Gugging hospital, near Vienna. Sixteen years later, he became one of the members of the House of Artists (Haus der Künstler. Walla filled pages with writing and when the sheet of paper turned out to be too narrow, he covered the walls of his room with drawings and inscriptions. Walla constantly invented imaginary languages inspired by his readings of foreign language dictionaries. Image Caption: August Walla, untitled (TONNERU.?), u.d., varnish on plywood, 5.2 x 32.52 inches, courtesy of @christianberstartbrut
#PhotoBrut Milton Schwartz spent his time praying and making annotated collages on manila folders. In time, he introduced different messages to disseminate “the word of God.” His texts are full of religious references and his opinions on issues such as children’s rights. It also contains all kinds of contemporary symbols: the United States’ flag, images of public figures like Nelson Mandela and logos of companies and restaurants. He lived in the heart of Miami’s South Beach but maintained a solitary life. Image Caption: Milton Shwartz, untitled, 1985, Pencil, felt tip pen and collage on paper, 7.48 x 8.27 inches, courtesy of @christianberstartbrut
Shout-out to Venus and their excellent Joseph Yoakum exhibition which answers what great Outsider Art looks like. Read Jerry Saltz’s potent review where he points to Yoakum as the rare and highly sought after honest visionary artist. @jerrysaltz @V_over_M @nymag
#PhotoBrut Little is known about Norma Oliver, which appears to actually have been a pseudonym of Aurelia Zadory. She was the adopted daughter of Helen Butler Wells, and the two were enthusiastic Spiritualists. Norma Oliver’s most relevant production dates from the 1940’s to the mid-1960’s. She created sixteen drawing books filled with geometric, medallion and floral designs. Oliver produced symmetrical, ornately patterned, sometimes mandala-like compositions, each one a portrait of the deceased. Sometimes she paired them with photographs of their subjects. Image Caption: Norma Oliver, Spiritual Portrait of Thomas Claude Durham, 1950, Mixed media, collage/paper, 9.5 x 7.5 inches, Courtesy of @cavinmorrisgallery #normaoliver #photography #outsiderart #spirtiualism
#PhotoBrut Born in Prussia in 1830, Charles Dellschau worked as a butcher before moving to the United States in 1849, living in Galveston, Texas, Sonora, California, and eventually settled in Houston, Texas. Just before retiring from his work as a salesman in a Houston saddle shop in 1900, Dellschau began work on a memoir recounting what he claimed to be his adventures in California. He began work on the first manuscipt of what would be a 12-volume series. This epic narrative follows his alleged adventures as a member of a secret society called the Sonora Aero Club, a group of maverick inventors engaged in designing and flying airships propelled by a mysterious, anti-gravity gas. Image Caption: Aro Centra, Left Flanck, 4503, 7848. And. Now, 1920, Watercolor, collage on paper, 18.5 x 14.5 in, courtesy of @andrewedlingallery
#PhotoBrut In 1968, a French Impressionist artist appeared on the stairway of the @artinstitutechi. At the entrance to the city's most esteemed art institution, Lee Godie began to sell her canvases - paintings which she compared favorably with Cezanne's. The term French Impressionist was abruptly updated. As intentionally as she became a French Impressionist, Lee Godie became an infamous artist. Perhaps as powerful as her paintings, Godie's tenacious originality has continually reminded artists, collectors, and casual observers that life and art can be invented, and not merely emulated. Image Caption: Untitled , Pen and watercolor on canvas, 22 x 29.5”, courtesy of @carlhammergallery #leegodie #outsiderart
#PhotoBrut A self-appointed “artist, healer, and man,” Felipe Jesus Consalvos immigrated to Miami from Havana around 1920, and eventually ended up in Philadelphia. His massive body of work—over 750 surviving collages on paper, found photographs, musical instruments, furniture, and other unexpected surfaces—was discovered in 1980 at a West Philadelphia garage sale. His multifaceted approach to collage work, incorporating socio-political satire, mirrors Dadaists like Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst. Image Caption: The Conservation of Family Values, c. 1920–1960s, Collage on photograph, 10 1/4 x 7 ⅞”, courtesy of @fleisherollman #felipejesusconsalvos #photography #outsiderart
#PhotoBrut Luboš Plný’s art is often referred to as “anatomical self-portraits.” He mixes drawing, painting, photography, and conceptual art with scientific project. He depicts the human body with a range of detail, some anatomical layers with exact precision, some are merely sketched out. Plný crosses boundaries in both technique and classification as “outsider art.” Image Caption: Luboš Plný, Untitled, 2013, Ink, acrylic, mixed media on paper, 23.5 x 33”, courtesy of @cavinmorrisgallery
#PhotoBrut On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked by five men and left for dead outside of a bar in Kingston, NY. After nine days in a coma, he awoke to find he had no memory of his previous adult life. He had to relearn how to eat, walk and write. When his state-sponsored rehabilitative therapies ran out, Mark took his recovery into his own hands. In his backyard, he created a new world entirely within his control - a 1:6 scale World War II town he named Marwencol. Using doll alter egos of his friends and family, his attackers and himself, Mark enacted epic battles and recreated memories, which he captured in strikingly realistic photographs. Those photos eventually caught the eye of the art world, which lead to a series of gallery exhibitions, the award-winning documentary Marwencol, the acclaimed book Welcome to Marwencol, and a new identity for a man once ridiculed for playing with dolls. #MarkHogancamp #photography #outsiderart
#PhotoBrut #HorstAdemeit was born in Cologne in 1937. He quit his profession as a textile designer as his works were rejected as too conservative and academic, and as a result, he left the art world as a whole. He took up photography to contend with a mounting concern: his belief that he was subject to the destructive effects of what he called “cold rays” and invisible radiation. He used Polaroid photography to document, record, and measure his daily observations--from the behavior of fruit flies to measuring temperature fluctuations of a fissure in his tabletop. All of his observations he photographed and wrote detailed and hardly readable notes on the Polaroid itself, all to combat and record his preoccupation with “cold rays.” Image Caption: Horst Ademeit, 4883 (29.07.2002), 2001., courtesy of @aperturefound
#PhotoBrut #MortonBartlett was a self-taught artist who sculpted and photographed figurative sculptures of twelve little girls and three little boys. Bartlett would photograph his “dolls” in staged scenarios, in an arrangement of different poses and in clothes he had handmade. His photographs range from the dramatic (dolls weeping) to the commonplace (dolls reading in a chair.) Bartlett amassed albums of his photography, perhaps akin to an ominous family photo album, perhaps a work of #artbrut. Image Caption: Morton Bartlett, Group Portrait, c. 1955/2007, pigment ink print , 21 1/2 x 17, edition of 10, courtesy of @juliesaulgallery
In honor of the @rencontresarles’ exhibit “Photo|Brut” which presents more than 500 works from the Bruno Decharme collection, #OAF will explore the self-taught photographers that constitute the often overlooked genre of outsider photography. How does #rawphotography fit into the canon of #artbrut? Image Caption: Eugene Von Bruenchenhien, Untitled, Photo of Marie with Crown, SIlver gelatin print, 10x8”, courtesy of @carlhammergallery #photobrut #outsiderart #photography #eugenevonbruenchenhein
#FOCUSONSCOTT Bio. Part 3 Judith Scott produced over 200 works, many of which can be found in international museums and private collections. Judith became the first artist with Down’s Syndrome to be featured in @sfmoma. Her work can still be seen in permanent collections in New York City, Paris, and London. Judith Scott passed away in 2005, living 49 years beyond her predicted life-span, and leaving behind an amazing body of work. Image Caption: Untitled (Circular “harp”), 1993 mixed media, 29 x 6 x 19 inches, courtesy of @fraenkelgallery
#FOCUSONSCOTT Bio. Part 2 Born with her fraternal twin sister Joyce in 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Scott was born deaf and with Down’s Syndrome. At the age of seven, Scott was placed in a state institution where she lived until 1986 at which time her twin intervened, became her guardian, and moved her to California. Soon after, she joined Oakland's @creativegrowth, a seminal arts workshop for artists with disabilities. After two years of relative disinterest, Scott began to work with yarn and fiber. Image Caption: Judith Scott, Untitled, 1993, mixed media, 44 x 10 x 10 in.
#FOCUSONSCOTT Bio. Part 1 Judith Scott created sculptures made of found objects and materials, wrapped in yarn and textiles. Each carries a palpable charge generated by the artist's intense, generative act of wrapping and binding. Although not directly influenced by or related to any cultural tradition, her works resonate uncannily with a range of material cultural art-making that involve intentional accretion for the purpose of healing. Image Caption: Untitled, 2003, mixed media, 19 x 8 x 9 in.
#FOCUSONSEKULIĆ Bio. Part 4 In the early 1960s, Sava Sekulić became a member of the Jedinstvo Cultural and Artistic Association, and roughly around the same time his work was accepted into a few local group shows. Katarina Jovanovic, the custodian of a gallery at an adult educational center, gave Sekulić his first show in 1969. She also introduced his work to the Gallery of Naive Art in Svetozarevo, where he began exhibiting in group shows. Sekulić believed that Katarina Jovanovic understood him as an artist and a person and finally devoted all of his time to painting and poetry thanks to her support. He considered himself equally a painter and writer and would also write down verses on the back of his canvases. Image Caption: Sava Sekulic, Dressur, watercolor, gouache and pencil on cardboard, 24 x 22.3 cm. (9.4 x 8.8 in.), courtesy of @artnet
#FOCUSONSEKULIĆ Bio. Part 3 Sava Sekulić wanted his work to reflect his own understanding and knowledge of the world. He drew his creative power from his father, who told him to ...write with stone on stone, learn to work with your hands. And if you write down what comes into your mind, nobody will say this belongs to me, everybody will say this is yours. There are recurring themes in all his works: animals, bizarre bodies, victims, rebels, historical heroes and also scenes from family life. Image Caption: Sava Sekulić, Das Schwein mit den view Köpfen, 1960, mixed media on cardboard, 19.75 x 28 in.
#FOCUSONSEKULIĆ Bio. Part 2 Sava Sekulić worked various jobs across Croatia, the Lika region, Slavonia, and eventually found himself in Belgrade where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1924, he married his first wife who passed away after their only child's death. Deeply affected by yet another tragic loss, Sekulić started painting and writing poetry in 1932. Having been an illiterate until the age of 30, he taught himself how to read and write and signed his works CCC meaning SSS in the Cyrillic alphabet and standing for Sava Sekulić Samouk, Samouk meaning self taught. Image Caption: Sava Sekulić, Frau, 1987, mixed media on paper, 39.25 x 28” #SavaSekulić #outsiderart
#FOCUSONSEKULIĆ Bio. Part 1 Sava Sekulić was born in the village of Bilisani in Croatia. He grew up in a rural household by the Zrmanja River until the age of ten. Following the death of his father in 1912, and the subsequent remarriage of his mother, Sekulić and his older sister were sent to live with an uncle and aunt. In 1917, he was drafted to serve in World War I, where an injury caused the loss of sight in his right eye. After returning to Bilisani where he found himself rejected and mistreated, the 17-year old Sekulić set out for a new life far away from his poverty-stricken hometown. Image Caption: Sava Sekulić, Corncob with Wings, 1977, Oil, graphite on paper, 19.75 x 14”, courtesy of @cavinmorrisgallery #savasekulić #outsiderart