Outsider Art Fair

January 17 - January 20, 2019
  • Artists:

  • Morton Bartlett
  • Nikolay Barkarev
  • Mario Mendoza
  • Ben Talbert
  • Miroslav Tichy

Outsider Art Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, NY
Booth 32
Friday/Saturday: 11 am-8 pm, Sunday: 11 am-6 pm

Julie Saul Galley announces our first time showing at the Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. We are bringing works by five artists, from well known to never before seen or exhibited.

We will show a selection of color prints made from Morton Bartlett’s original Kodachrome slides c.1955 and printed in 2006, including ”Girl Crying” and “Boy with Red Hat”. We first exhibited Bartlett (1903-1992) in 2007 in the exhibition “The Sweethearts of Mr. Bartlett” that was named Best Gallery Show of the Year (mad genius division) by Jerry Saltz in New York Magazine and the ‘Best of 2007’ in Time Out by Howard Halle who noted that “color makes his bizarre personal universe all the more riveting”.

The obsessive drawings of Mexican artist Mario Mendoza (c. 1910-c.1980) have never before been seen or exhibited, and were discovered in Mexico City by an art historian James Oles who lives there. There is little known about Mendoza, who created numerous drawings from the early 1930s through the 1980s. We will exhibit images of single brightly colored fantastic beasts. Some are birdlike or diabolic, but most are of four-legged animals with horns, crests, and tails, griffin or sphinx-like creatures that combine forms taken from dogs, lizards, cows and other animals (Mendoza gave many of them invented names). Some are humorous while others are aggressive, as if representing mood swings. They appear to have been Mendoza’s preferred subject, for he drew dozens of these, no one figure exactly like another.

Ben Talbert (d.1974) is not strictly an outsider or self-taught artist, but as a part of the early pop scene in Los Angeles he was definitely transgressive and out of the mainstream. In the 1960s he showed at the Dwan Gallery and at the Pasadena Art Museum, and was best known for his assemblage work. The newsprint with over-drawing works we will show have never been exhibited and are unique examples of this process. Talbert was obsessed with eroticism and pornography, and in his paintings, prints and assemblages he challenged the sexual repression of his time with an unbridled bawdiness and a lusty humor. These qualities are definitely displayed in his graphic transformation of newspaper photos to hilarious caricatures.

Nikolay Bakharev (b. 1946, Siberia) is a self-taught photographer who grew up poor and orphaned in an industrial town in Siberia. His work was first shown in the US at the Ostalgia show at the New Museum curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2011. He uses a square format, and analogue black and white film to record the community where he lives at leisure, either outdoors by a river where couples and family gather or in the intimate setting of people’s homes or his own studio. His beautifully composed images are at the same time tender and raunchy and display an astonishing honesty and directness.

Miroslav Tichy (1926-2011) was a photographer who from the 1960s until 1985 took thousands of surreptitious pictures of women in his hometown of Kyjov in the Czech Republic, using homemade cameras constructed of cardboard tubes, tin cans and other at-hand materials. He was a true eccentric, and was completely unknown until 2004 when late in his life his work was discovered and exhibited and published widely in Europe and the United States. His soft focus, fleeting glimpses of the women of Kyjov are skewed, spotted and badly printed — flawed by the limitations of his primitive equipment and a series of deliberate processing mistakes meant to add poetic imperfections.

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