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Laila Kassab - Art under seige

Laila Kassab – Art under seige

Laila Kassab is a self-taught artist who lives in Gaza. She uses art to transform what she describes as a ...
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Introduction to Quebec artist, Claude Bolduc

Introduction to Quebec artist, Claude Bolduc

The job of a muse, says Germaine Greer, is to penetrate the male artist and call forth a work from ...
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Scott Colin at Outsider Art Festival

Scott Colin at Outsider Art Festival

I have always been fascinated with self-portraits. Although the modern version of the 'selfie' is ubiquitous, it is the artist's ...
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Sans Soucie Zero Waste Texile + Design

Sans Soucie Zero Waste Texile + Design

This blog is about a Vancouver artist I know, Katherine Soucie, and her incredible work as a zero-waste textile and ...
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Raw Vision Magazine - The quirky world of Jordan MacLachlan

Raw Vision Magazine – The quirky world of Jordan MacLachlan

My article about Canadian outsider artist, Jordan MacLachlan, was just published in the current edition (#94) of Raw Vision, the ...
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Martine Birobent and Jordan MacLachlan at Norway Exhibit

Martine Birobent and Jordan MacLachlan at Norway Exhibit

COOL: THE ARCTIC OUTSIDERS in Norway is featuring the work of two Canadian artists: Jordan MacLachlan from Toronto (see previous ...
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Jordan MacLachlan goes to Norway

Jordan MacLachlan goes to Norway

COOL - THE ARCTIC OUTSIDERS, is the name of an upcoming exhibit at Norway's museum of outsider art. Canadian artist, ...
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Jordan MacLachlan – Unexpected Subway Living

Another uber-project from MacLachlan is her vignettes of what does or might happen on the subway. Displayed on a 24-foot ...
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Jordan MacLachlan

I met Canadian artist, Jordan McLachlan, earlier this year. Getting to know Jordan and her work has been one of ...
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Martine Birobent (d. March 30, 2016)

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Martine Birobent. Her epitaph notes that she died as ...
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Gee’s Bend quilter Louisiana Bendolph

I was last blogging about  Gee’s Bend quilts and my introduction to the work of the remarkable women who make them ...
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The Gee’s Bend Quilters

I have no excuse for my blog silence since I finished my degree.  Laziness, perhaps. Recharging, probably. Anyway, I have been ...
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Lonnie Holley, the musician

When Lonnie Holley came to Vancouver for an art workshop (see previous blog), it was pretty much what I expected ...
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Lonnie Holley comes to Vancouver

Much to my surprise and delight, outsider art superstar Lonnie Holley was in Vancouver last week. He came with the ...
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Karine Labrie

I attended the opening of a new exhibit at La Galerie des Nanas in Danville, Quebec. One of the featured ...
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Anick Langelier

Anick Langelier

I was introduced to the work of Anick Langelier at La Galerie des Nanas  in Danville, Quebec. I did not ...
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La Galerie des Nanas and Martine Birobent

Holy smokes! It has been a very long time since I sat down to write a blog. Far too often, ...
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Always be yourself, unless…

This blog is for Anthony Stevens, my favourite fabric artist in Brighton, who is discovering the rewards of just being himself ...
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The Danville Diviner

My trip to Montreal led me to the town of Danville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I went there ...
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Luc Guerard and Pierre Racine

I visited Luc Guerard's studio in Montreal, along with his friend, sculptor Pierre Racine (both pictured at right). I introduced ...
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Luc Guerard in Montreal

I have blogged about Luc Guerard before (see previous blogs), but had only met him through email and telephone. I ...
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Outsider art in Montreal

My apologies for no blogs coming from two weeks in Montreal. Shortly after I arrived I had major problems with ...
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Outside of what?

The roots of the terms “art brut” and “outsider art” can be traced back to the writings of Prinzhorn, who ...
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It’s about the process

I am on another writing retreat in the mountains (it's snowing here!) and I have been silent, not because I ...
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The self-taught artist

I am now writing about one of the most difficult subjects and it's about self-taught artists. *Self-taught* is such a simple ...
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Marwencol

  My niece recently gave me a book by Jeanette Winterson, called “Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?” ...
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Defining outsider art: the social issues

A discussion of outsider art must (to me) include social issues. When the term “outsider art” was introduced in 1972, ...
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Martin Ramirez postage stamps

Howdy. I'm back (almost). Drove into the big city today to get new glasses. I hate to break the news ...
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For my mother

My mother passed away two months ago today. Taking some personal  time this morning to reflect on that ...
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The expanding boundaries of outsider art

Dubuffet’s original art brut collection was ultimately housed in the Collection de L’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland and remains there ...
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The myth of the mad genius

Day 2 and all is well. I woke up to discover that some creature had been on my deck during ...
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Outsider Art 101: the basics

Day 1 of writing was very productive. It was definitely the right decision to take myself away from work-work and ...
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This blog is for Mike

This blog is for Mike

[ Outsider Art:  Forty years out] ....  Provide your own image.... As you may have guessed by now, I have ...
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Degenerate art

Why do I hear from so many more of you when I write about “life bloopers” than about art? I’m ...
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Don't try this at home

Don’t try this at home

The Outsider Art Fair in NYC is on this weekend, and I am wishing I were there instead of here ...
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Basquiat and the Bayou

While visiting New Orleans in December, I caught “Basquiat and the Bayou” at the Ogden Museum, another dynamite exhibit at ...
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Art from Angola Prison

I just returned from a trip to New Orleans – the first time being away from home on Christmas and ...
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Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection

Our Faith Affirmed is a current exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum of Art. On exhibit are the works ...
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In reference to nothing, and everything

Sometimes it is worth writing something down, even if it references nothing in particular. Chances are that it will reference ...
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Anthony Stevens (again)

I have introduced you to UK textile artist, Anthony Stevens, in earlier posts. I am a big fan of his ...
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In memoriam: Ian McKay (1949 – 2014)

Sadly, Vancouver artist, Ian McKay, has passed on. He could only be described as “larger than life.”  He started out ...
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Enter the world of Sue Kreitzman

The world of outsider art is small. It’s good because someone you know always knows someone, who knows someone else ...
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Outsider Art Fair Lectures: J M Basquiat + Sam Doyle

An interesting feature of the Outsider Art Fair in NY this year was the panel discussion about the self-taught artist, ...
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Outsider Art Fair 2014 (NY)

I had the opportunity to attend the Outsider Art Fair in New York last week (May 8 – 11). I ...
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Serge (Friedrich) von Engelhardt:  more ceramics

Serge (Friedrich) von Engelhardt: more ceramics

I introduced you to the ceramic sculptures of Canadian artist, Serge von Engelhardt, in my last blog. I would like to ...
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Ceramic artist Serge (Friedrich) von Engelhardt (1913 - 2007)

Ceramic artist Serge (Friedrich) von Engelhardt (1913 – 2007)

I was blessed to be contacted by one of Serge von Engelhardt’s daughters.  Even better, I had an opportunity to see ...
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Back on the planet

Back on the planet

I was lost in cyberspace - or somewhere - for 6 weeks because of a hacker. If you are reading ...
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Project Onward

I had the privilege to visit Project Onwardin Chicago. I was curious to see a collective artist studio in operation ...
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Discovering Prison Art

I have heard about art made by inmates (usually called “prison art”) since I started researching outsider art. Some authors ...
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Emery Blagdon's healing machine

Emery Blagdon’s healing machine

I have seen a lot of things in the outsider art world. I like some things; I don’t like others ...
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Ray Yoshida at The Kohler Arts Center

  Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, organized a bus trip to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to visit the Kohler ...
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Hello Canadians in Chicago!

Hello Canadians in Chicago!

I have to take a minute to say hello to my fellow Canadians in Chicago. I have met so many ...
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Outside the outsiders - Joe Coleman in Chicago

Outside the outsiders – Joe Coleman in Chicago

If you have read my previous blog, you will know that I am in Chicago, spending some time with Intuit: ...
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Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Reporting from the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago

If you have not seen a new blog posting for some time, it’s because I am in Chicago now, doing ...
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Local art exhibit

            Arjuna Cogan, "Working Class" There are always things going on in our local communities. The trick is to ...
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Interview with Anthony Stevens

The following is an interview with UK fabric artist, Anthony Stevens. See previous blog for more images of his work. Q:           ...
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UK artist Anthony Stevens

Much as I intend to focus my research on Canadian outsider artists, I learn about other interesting artists through my ...
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Canadian artist - Luc Guérard

Canadian artist – Luc Guérard

One introduction leads to another; that’s how I have been tracking down outsider artists in Canada. Pierre Racine (see earlier ...
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Back to northern Canada – the Haida Gwaii

Ever on the look-out for Canadian outsider artists, I continued my search on a recent trip to Haida Gwaii (formerly ...
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Canadian sculptor: Pierre Racine

Racine:  Birdman (Bronze, 22x11x9 inches) One of the perks of my life as a blogger is that I hear from ...
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Conference: Ethical Issues in Outsider Art

I attended an International conference on outsider art in May. It was held at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where the ...
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The Prinzhorn Collection

I’m back on track (sort of) after returning from the conference in Heidelberg  and finishing a course on visual culture.  ...
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Gallery Gachet – Art of the Intuitive

                                                  On Thursday, May 9th, Gallery Gachet in Vancouver hosted a special evening around the current ...
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Special event at Gallery Gachet – May 9th evening

  On Thursday, May 9th, Gallery Gachet in Vancouver is hosting a special evening around the current exhibit INTUIT: ART ...
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Vancouver street artist: Ray

People in the world of outsider art in Vancouver have been telling me that I have to meet “Ray”, but ...
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Ethical issues in outsider art

I recently joined the European Outsider Art Association   a fairly new organization established in 2009. (Thank you to Nita in Sweden ...
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Canadian artist, Laurie Marshall

Canadian artist, Laurie Marshall

Many people told me that I should meet artist, Laurie Marshall. I am delighted that I finally had an opportunity ...
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The one trick pony

The one trick pony

   Photos: Gregory Crewdson, August Walla,  Cindy Sherman Sometimes people ask me about certain outsider artists. They comment that all ...
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The colourful 5 percent

The colourful 5 percent

I just returned from a trip to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, in Canada. For those of you who live far, far ...
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The Art Room

The Art Room

Computer problems. Need I say more? Finally back on track. After  learning about the Coast Mental Health Association’s art workshop ...
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Art as therapy

Art as therapy

The long, long delay in postings is the result of getting my getting acclimatized to returning to university as a ...
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Back to Alma Rumball

I had the opportunity to meet Alma Rumball's family when I was in Ontario in July. I had been corresponding ...
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Outsider Art on PBS

Outsider Art on PBS

I want to tell you an important story about outsider artists in Los Angeles. For four years, a group of independent ...
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More about pop-folk artist Leigh Cooney

More about pop-folk artist Leigh Cooney

This is a continuation of my interview with artist Leigh Cooney. Question: Who decided to label your work as “outsider”? ...
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Interview with pop-folk artist Leigh Cooney

Interview with pop-folk artist Leigh Cooney

              This is a continuation of my interview with Ontario artist, Leigh Cooney. Question: Why did you decide to ...
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Meeting Canadian artist Leigh Cooney

Meeting Canadian artist Leigh Cooney

     I have been corresponding by email with Leigh Cooney for many months. Leigh is an artist who lives in ...
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Adolf Wölfli, composer

Adolf Wölfli, composer

         Wölfli ’s artwork is dense with text, numbers, and musical notations. Repetitive music was droning at the  Wölfli ...
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Adolf Wolfli in Prague

Adolf Wolfli in Prague

I know this blog is supposed to be about Canadian outsider art, and I will get back to that topic soon ...
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Postscript to Morton Bartlett

Postscript to Morton Bartlett

Some readers do not share my view of Bartlett and thankfully they let me know. They raise an important issue: ...
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Encouraging artistic expression

Encouraging artistic expression

I had an opportunity to attend the opening of a unique art exhibit in Berlin. I was invited by the ...
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Josef Hofer

Josef Hofer

The one outsider art gallery that I found in Berlin is called Galerie Art Cru.  I stumbled into the gallery after ...
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The Prinzhorn collection

The Prinzhorn collection

                    As any serious tourist will do, I checked the Internet for flea markets and outsider art in Berlin ...
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Morton Bartlett goes to Berlin

Morton Bartlett goes to Berlin

I timed my trip to Berlin to see the Morton Bartlett exhibit at the Bahnhof museum. (See earlier blog about Morton ...
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Berlin = street art

Berlin = street art

I am staying in former East Berlin and street art is everywhere. It’s not something that I know much about, ...
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The Berlin wall

The Berlin wall

A panel on the Berlin Wall of Soviet leader Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart, Honecker. My first plan for Berlin ...
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The spirit drawings of Alma Rumball

The spirit drawings of Alma Rumball

   Even though I describe outsider art as a non-genre, I do see similarities from time to time. I discovered, for ...
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Missive from Billsville (Bill Anhang)

Missive from Billsville (Bill Anhang)

Bill Anhang followed up our telephone conversation with this information – and a poem – about fractals. Seems that he stays ...
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William Anhang – playing with light

William Anhang – playing with light

    I’ve never met anyone quite like Bill Anhang. He is an octogenarian living in  Montreal, and has a ...
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Meeting Menno Krant

Meeting Menno Krant

Sometimes you’re just lucky. I sent Menno Krant an email out of the blue last week, and we set up ...
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Who said we’re  boring?

Who said we’re boring?

Someone (actually, it was me) announced that the art scene is boring north of the  49th. I was wrong. I have ...
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Guo Fengyi comes to Vancouver

Guo Fengyi comes to Vancouver

             I find it hard to stay on track and write about only Canadian outsider artists. The world is an (art) ...
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The outsider artist – Madonna or whore?

The outsider artist – Madonna or whore?

I’ve been having a lively exchange with Canadian artist, Leigh Cooney. (More about Cooney in another blog.) The discussion began with ...
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Environmental sites in Europe (again)

Environmental sites in Europe (again)

I’m suffering jetlag from hopping from Canada to Europe so many times this month. It is impossible to resist following up ...
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Maud Lewis's painted house

Maud Lewis’s painted house

The buzz about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis seems to focus on her tiny (3 x 4  metre) painted house ...
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Back to Canada and Maud Lewis

Back to Canada and Maud Lewis

Whenever I bump into a likely suspect I ask, “Name some Canadian outsider artists.” After searching the sky for an ...
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A quick jaunt to France

A quick jaunt to France

This blog is for the girl with ruby slippers who asked me about other artists, like Danielle Jacqui, in France ...
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The art of being a voyeur

The art of being a voyeur

After writing about Larry Williams, it's time to talk about voyeurism. Although voyeurism used to be all about the sexual ...
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Visionary artist Larry Williams

Visionary artist Larry Williams

I learned about Larry Williams in an edition of Raw Vision magazine when author Laura Thompkins let us into Williams’s private world ...
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In my own 'hood

In my own ‘hood

A funny thing happened (as all good stories start) when I went out to buy coffee from a shop at the ...
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The Morton Bartlett exhibit in Berlin

The Morton Bartlett exhibit in Berlin

Back to the remarkable Morton Bartlett (see earlier posting). I first saw Bartlett’s work at the Outsider Art Fair in ...
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Jahan Maka - symbolist or outsider artist?

Jahan Maka – symbolist or outsider artist?

So what do we make of Maka’s art? Is he “just an outsider”, or should he be judged by more ...
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Canadian outsider artist Jahan Maka

Canadian outsider artist Jahan Maka

I have made many phone calls and sent a lot of emails during my exploration of Canadian outsider art. One ...
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Hoarding

Hoarding

What does hoarding have to do with outsider art? I’ve been asking myself that question for the past year. First, ...
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Happy birthday, Renaldo Kuhler

Happy birthday, Renaldo Kuhler

I have been remiss in congratulating Renaldo Kuhler on his 80th birthday in November, 2011.  Although I was invited down ...
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Scottie Wilson returns to England

Scottie Wilson returns to England

Douglas Duncan, a Canadian art dealer, discovered Scottie’s drawings and was the first to exhibit his work. Scottie did not ...
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About Scottie Wilson's work

About Scottie Wilson’s work

Gallery owner,  Douglas Duncan, left a meticulous inventory of Scottie’s work. It provides a chronological list of 260 of the ...
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Onto the Canadians and Scottie Wilson

Onto the Canadians and Scottie Wilson

If you know who Scottie Wilson was, you may be as surprised as I to learn that he is described ...
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Clyde Jones and his critters

Clyde Jones and his critters

Just when I thought the fun in North Carolina had come to an end my lovely friend, Becca, said that ...
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Kuhler IS Rocaterrania

Kuhler IS Rocaterrania

I had the privilege to meet Ronaldo Kuhler on my visit to Raleigh, NC to see the Annie Hooper collection ...
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Welcome to Rocaterrania

Welcome to Rocaterrania

My interest in the world of Rocaterrania – and its creator, Renaldo Kuhler – began in 2009 when I saw ...
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Who was Annie Hooper?

Who was Annie Hooper?

Annie Miller was born in 1897 in the easternmost town of North Carolina. She grew up with 12 siblings and ...
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By request: more Annie Hooper photos

By request: more Annie Hooper photos

By request, more photos of the Annie Hooper collection of statues. The first is a "creature", the rest are Biblical ...
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Annie Hooper's statues

Annie Hooper’s statues

Before I tell you about Annie Hooper herself, I want to tell you about Annie the artist. The most remarkable ...
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Annie Hooper – Swastika, a Good Omen

Annie Hooper – Swastika, a Good Omen

I know I’m supposed to be writing about Canadian outsider art, but here I am in Raleigh, North Carolina. I ...
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The Annie Hooper collection

The Annie Hooper collection

What am I doing in Raleigh, North Carolina?! Researching the Canadian outsider art scene has led me down some very ...
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Best of show – Morton Bartlett

Best of show – Morton Bartlett

I had arranged to meet Marion Harris, a NY dealer in untraditional art and antiques, at the Outsider Art Fair ...
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The Outsider Art Fair

The Outsider Art Fair

Von Bruenchenhein: furniture made from chicken bones My dream of going to the Outsider Art Fair in NYC finally came ...
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Danielle Jacqui – beyond mosaics

Danielle Jacqui – beyond mosaics

Danielle Jacqui – She Who Paints – used to sell buttons and embroidery at flea markets in the 1970s. Her ...
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First encounter of the outsider kind – meeting Danielle Jacqui

First encounter of the outsider kind – meeting Danielle Jacqui

About 10 years ago, I was driving along a rural road in Pont-de-l’Etoille in southern France, near Marseilles. We turned ...
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Who's not outside(r)

Who’s not outside(r)

The distinction between folk art and outsider art is somewhat vague.  I often see folk art and outsider art grouped ...
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Who's outside(r)

Who’s outside(r)

French philosopher Michael Foucault writes about an ancient Chinese encyclopaedia that Jorge Luis Borges claims to have found. In this ...
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When you come to a fork in the road, take it

When you come to a fork in the road, take it

There are pivotal points in our lives – times when you are certain that life has revealed another one of ...
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