UNTITLEDdialogue 16 未命题对话: 绘素计划 Almost Art Project
Time: March 12, 2016 (Saturday), 4:00-6:00pm
时间：2016年3月12日，星期六，4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Fou Gallery, 410 Jefferson Avenue, #1, Brooklyn, NY11221
地点：否画廊，纽约布鲁克林区Jefferson大道410号#1 | Fou Gallery, 410 Jefferson Avenue, #1, Brooklyn, NY11221
Guest Speaker: Sammi Liu, Frank Maresca
分享人：刘亦嫄（Sammi Liu），弗朗克·马拉斯加（Frank Maresca）
Press contact: Ding Ning (1.347.326.1580, firstname.lastname@example.org)
媒体联络人：丁宁 (1.347.326.1580, email@example.com)
Ticket: $10 (Online RSVP, limited to 40 seats); $15 (At Door)，RSVP click here
Fou Gallery is pleased to announce that on March 12th, 2016 (Saturday) 4:00-6:00 pm, the 16th UNTITLEDdialogue will invite Sammi Liu, co-founder of Almost Art Project to introduce “outside art” in China. Frank Maresca, co-founder of Ricco/Maresca Gallery and a strong supporter of outsider artists and art scene in the global art scene.
The term “outsider art” derived from “art brut” (raw art), a label first created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe those elaborate and unaware art-making of mentally disabled people. Those artworks often shock the public for its purity and a high degree of artistic autonomy. In English, “outsider art” terms the entire art body of which artists are driven by creative impulse and are neither formally trained nor institutionalized. In Western history of art, the outsider art masters include Henri Rousseau, Jean-Paul Gauguin and Frida Kahlo. Since 1970s, outsider artists have been enthusiastically embraced by the contemporary art world. Art fairs, publications, retrospectives and collections are springing up in the name of outsider art. Galleries specialized in outsider art have become a common scene in France and in United States. Outsider art fairs have been held in Paris and New York annually to organize commercial galleries who support outsider art.
Outsider art is not as common in China as it is in other parts of the world. There isn’t a strong supporting network for Chinese outsider artists yet. The Nanjing Outsider Art Centre founded by artist Guo Haiping is the only non-profit dedicated to the creation, study and exhibition of work by self-taught artist. Almost Art Project, founded by Sammi Liu, strives to present guerrilla art festival of outsider artists, comic artists and street artists and to create a better creative environment for them through exhibiting and selling of their works. Almost Art Project also conducts various research and publication programs to give outsider artists their deserved position in art history. With their endeavor, “outsider art” is getting more and more attention in China.
About the Speakers
Sammi Liu (刘亦嫄) graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, contemporary art department. Sammi co-founder and directed Almost Art Project and Tabula Rasa Gallery in Beijing. She used to the senior editor of The Art Newspaper (China) and works in the media industries for many years. Sammi also took part in projects including Affordable Art China (AAC, renamed as SURGE Art), ShContemporary and has successfully curated multiple guerrilla exhibitions.
Frank Maresca began a collection of Folk and Self-Taught Art after seeing the exhibition “Folk Sculpture USA” at the Brooklyn Museum in 1976. His admiration for Folk and American Tribal Art lead directly to an interest in what is popularly known today as Outsider Art. In 1979, he co-founded Ricco/Maresca Gallery, which has championed and showcased the art of self-taught masters working outside the art-historical mainstream.
About Fou Gallery
Fou is an apartment gallery and creative lab based in New York. Fou is dedicated to promote creative talents and projects of our time. As suggested by its name, Fou is a denial of the mainstream commercial gallery model and an active contributor to a new organic art community. With the belief that enjoying art is an essential part of everyday life, Fou offers a vibrant, enjoyable and inspirational selection of original works in art and design. In addition to regular exhibitions and events, we host UNTITLEDdialogue series, screenings of art and independent films, sound performances, private dinners and art afternoon tea parties to create a diverse and accessible art space.