Bunte, Neckermann & Quelle
Josef Wittlich-Ausstellung in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf. Die Eröffnung der Josef Wittlich-Ausstellung "Bunte, Neckermann & Quelle" bei Galerie Beck & Eggeling findet im Rahmen des "Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015" am Freitag, 30. Januar 2015 ab 18 Uhr statt, die Arbeiten sind bis 21. Februar 2015 in der Bilker Straße 5 in Düsseldorf zu sehen. Die skurrilen Bilder von Wittlich basieren auf Vorlagen von Fotos aus Versandhauskatalogen, Regenbogenpresse sowie auf Illustrationen in Modeheften.

Der Outsider Art-Künstler war sein ganzes Leben vom Malen besessen, nutzte jede freie Minute, um seine eigene bunte Welt zu erschaffen. Wittlich besaß keine künstlerische Ausbildung, auch Kunstausstellungen besuchte er nie. Die expressive, authentische Bildsprache seiner Werke stellt eine prägnante Form der Pop-Art dar. Wittlichs primäre Bildthemen: Kriegsschlachten, Uniformen, Frauenbilder, Krönungsportraits. Die Ausstellung „Bunte, Neckermann und Quelle“ zeigt überwiegend Frauendarstellungen aus Versandhauskatalogen, sowie „Queen Elizabeth“ in verschiedenen Variationen.

Josef Wittlich, geboren 1903 in Gladbach, wuchs in ärmlichen Verhältnissen auf. Im Zweiten Weltkrieg geriet er in sowjetische Gefangenschaft. Nach seiner Flucht fand er in Kassel Arbeit und war von 1948 bis zur Rente als einfacher Arbeiter in einer Keramikfabrik in Höhr-Grenzhausen beschäftigt. Der autodidaktische Künstler lebte bis zu seinem Tod 1982 allein und zurückgezogen in einem firmeneigenen Schlafhaus. Die Lebensumstände prägten das Erscheinungsbild des Malers, „der naivste Naive“ zu sein.
André Robillard’s creations in Lausanne
André Robillard’s creations in Lausanne
Artistic rifles until April 19, 2015 at the collection of art brut
Lausanne (CH). In 1964, André Robillard decided to “make something of his life”. He set about assembling various objects taken from waste bins to come up with his first artistic rifles. At the age of 83, this outsider art creator continues to produce works in the vein of those that inspired Jean Dubuffet to include several specimens in his own collection.

Born 1932 in France, Robillard at the age of 19 years was taken into a psychiatric hospital, because of reported aggressive behaviour. Combining salvaged materials and carved wood, for fifty years now he has constructed his rifles, as well as airplanes, sputniks, and animals. He also continues to produce many drawings in colored pencil or felt-tip pen with, as his subject matter, ..war, aerospace, the animal world and sports.

Exhibition curator: Sarah Lombardi, director of the Collection de l’Art Brut

11, av. des Bergières, CH – 1004 Lausanne
OAF TALKS program New York 2015
OAF TALKS program New York 2015
Paranoia and Creativity
New York. Wide Open Arts, the US Outsider Art Fair management informs about the 2015 OAF New York talks. Wide Open Arts, LLC was formed by art dealer Andrew Edlin and became the owner of the Outsider Art Fair in 2012. Then in its 21st year, WOA expanded and relocated the New York fair to Center 548 in Chelsea, and introduced guest curatorial projects and the OAF talks program. WOA’s debut 2013 edition of the fair tripled previous attendance levels and received rave reviews from many renowned writers and publications. Propelled by this success, Wide Open Arts took the fair to Paris for the first time in October 2013, helping to reinvigorate the city’s long tradition of recognizing and championing art brut and self-taught artists.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
NeueHouse, 110 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010
"Paranoia and Creativity"
James Benning, Artist and filmmaker
Daniel Palmer, Historian and Leon Levy Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum, NY
Ronald Okuaki Lieber, Poet and Professor, SUNY at Nassau Community College, NY
Brendan Greaves, Folklorist and writer
Moderator: Anne Doran, Writer, artist, and curator

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Christie´s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
"The Burgeoning Market"
Lawrence B. Benenson, Principal, Benenson Capital Partners, NY
Jane Kallir, Co-director, Galerie St. Etienne, NY
Robert Manley, Senior Vice President, Christie´s, NY
Moderator: Marion Maneker, Editor & Publisher, Art Market Monitor, NY

Curated Space: "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day"
Organized by Anne Doran & Jay Gorney
“If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day,” titled after a song by Robert Johnson, brings together five artists working in disparate media, from batteries to ballpoint pen. These artists have in common the desire to shield themselves, through their creations, from real or imagined harm. Variously medicinal, instructive, incantatory, or wishful, their works exist as talismans against chaos and disaster. Formally, the pieces in this exhibition share a complexity and quality of line that betrays their makers’ belief in the protective or transformative power of their art.

Subject to terrifying hallucinations, Swiss farmhand and laborer Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930) was committed in 1895 to the Waldau Clinic in Bern, where he spent the rest of his life. A few years after being institutionalized, he began to make art. His drawings, which combine images, words, and musical notations form a fanciful autobiography in which a triumphant Wölfli overcomes catastrophe to become St. Adolf II.

The spirit of scientific inquiry inspired Emery Blagdon (1907–1986) to create, between 1950 and his death, an extraordinary body of delicate assemblage sculptures and geometrically patterned paintings that he called his “Healing Machine.”

Knowledge was power for New York artist Mark Lombardi (1951–2000), who achieved recognition in the 1990s for his constellation-like, minutely researched compositions tracking the flow of capital and influence in contemporary society.

New Yorker Melvin Way (b. 1954) was a musician before the onset of mental illness in early adulthood. He creates intricate formulas in ballpoint pen that incorporate mathematical symbols, chemical diagrams, punctuation marks, texts lifted from computer manuals and art books, punning and free-associative wordplay, and pictograms of his own invention.

Info from january 26: OAF talks postponed due to snowstorm!!
See info-jpg left.

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Günter Neupel in Berlin
8.2.-16.3 bei Galerie Art Cru
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