By PAUL LASTER, June 2021
Featuring some 200 sculptural works by 60 self-taught, visionary and vernacular folk artists, the exhibition Super-Rough turns an abandoned SoHo storefront into a treasure chest of awe-inspiring art. With guest curator Takashi Murakami at the helm and art dealers associated with the Outsider Art Fair providing the sculptural booty, this show, which runs through June 27, is a delight for both the mind and the eye.
Howard Finster pays homage to the role that photography played in promoting his art by painting angels and spirited faces on a vintage Kodak camera; Hawkins Bolden turns found scrap metal, rags and a piece of wood into a makeshift scarecrow; Eugene Von Bruenchenhein makes a miniature throne of regal proportions with chicken bones, glue and paint; Georges Liautaud fashions a woman giving birth to a child from a piece of rusty steel; and an anonymous artist humorously transforms a funky chunk of driftwood into a rather curious canine.
Scroll through the images below to see some of our favorite works in the show. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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