March 11th, 2013

How to Collect Outsider Art, With Art Dealer Frank Maresca |

In the late 1940s the French artist Jean Dubuffet identified a historically overlooked category of art—visual works created by nonprofessional, untrained artists who live outside the realm of normative culture—and termed it “art brut,” or “raw” art. Consisting of work made by the clinically insane, children, and others on society’s fringes, the work was considered to be “created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses,” according to Dubuffet, who believed it to be art in its most uncompromised state. In later years art brut was embraced in the United States as “outsider art,” but it has proven a controversial umbrella for artists and their work due to the slippery questions about who qualifies as an “outsider,” and who is responsible for labeling them as such.

To find out how to navigate the issues around collecting outsider art, Artspace curator Nessia Pope spoke to Ricco/Maresca Gallery co-owner Frank Maresca, one of the foremost dealers working with the category, representing the estate of the legendary artist Martín Ramírez and other major figures.

March 2nd, 2012

Join us at Pier 92 for The Armory Show, March 8-11, 2012

We’ll be showing works by Marcos Bontempo, Alexander Calder, Hiroyuki Doi, Jean Dubuffet, Tim Freccia, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn, Martin Ramirez, Judith Scott, Bill Traylor, George Widener, Adolf Wölfli

IMAGE: George Widener, Titanic 100 Years Anniversary, 2012

February 24th, 2012


Four works of outsider art (or “Art Brut,” as coined by Jean Dubuffet) selected by Katie Bachner, who interviewed outsider art collector, Sam Farber for our February issue.
Madge Gill 
High Priestess, 1930-1940
Thorton Dial
Lost, 2004
Henry Darger 
After McWhorter Run. Gladelinians attack and blow up train carrying children to refuge 
Martin Ramirez
Untitled, (Trains and Tunnels),1952-53
Reblogged from The Believer Logger
January 4th, 2012

Ricco/Maresca Gallery and Jennifer Pinto Safian are pleased to announce Dubuffet and the Art Brut.

Jan 5 - Feb 18, 2012

Cocktail Reception: Friday January 20, 2012 6-9pm.

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