Just a reminder that the Outsider Art Fair is happening here in NYC through this weekend. This is one of my very favorite fairs, as it features work by "fringe" artists who are often self-taught, obscure, visionary, or otherwise marginal. I understand the term "outsider" is a controversial one these days, especially as some of these artists have become renowned and their pieces now fetch high prices. But I think the intention behind the show is an important one, and I often discover work there that feel more exciting and unusual to me than much what of the gallery-industrial complex tends to showcase. Go if you can.
ADARSHA BENJAMIN I AELA LABBE I AMANDA CHARCHIAN IANNA MARCELL I ANOUSKA BECKWITH I BENI LUX, BRIGETTE BLOOM I CENDRINE ROVINI I CLAUDIA LEGGE I EDIE SUNDAY I JEANEEN LUND I JEANNE MADIC I LEANNE SURFLEET I MARY HERRERA I MAXIMILLA LUKACS I MICHAELA MEADOW I NINA KOLTCHITSKAYA I SARAH SEENE I SHAE DETAR
World Wide Women is a creative collective of female photographers and artists from around the world. World Wide Women represents the free, indomitable spirit of women in the world of art today.
Curated by New York gallerist Andi Potamkin, of Manhattan gallery and boutique Kasher|Potamkin.
World Wide Women has chosen to explore the theme, Ritual: an homage to that which is lost but not forgotten, a prayer to that which is desired but not realised. Ritual promises to answer endless questions and offers escape from an unfulfilled reality. It is an act of veneration for the bird that has flown away, and for the hope of its return. The photographs, videos, and works on paper in this exhibition tell the story of a woman longing for that, which has gone, and craving that which has not yet arrived. A ritual requires physical imitation, but does not arise out of it. The infusion of pure emotion and true belief is what elevates the act to ritual. The action, in-and-of itself pure mimicry, is simply a part of the ritual as a whole. It is the combination of the conviction in the unknown and the intangible that makes it so. Ritual is arranged in a spectrum of colour and emotion, representing the different stages of a ritual: memory, sacrifice, reverence, and longing. The experience of viewing the show takes the observer through this journey, giving access to the wholly personal act of ritual as experienced by each of the artists: one in which the active body is not alone, but joined by an unnamed force.
In keeping with the experiential focus of Ritual, the exhibition will open with an evening of multisensory events. Visitors will be immersed in an array of scents and sounds as essence, film and even live musical performance occupy the gallery space. Short films will include Sandy Toes by Budapest-based artist Maximilla Lukacs, and A Story of Ophelia by Anouska Beckwith, while young British singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey will play the evening out with a short acoustic set. Founded in 2012 by fine-art photographer and artist Anouska Beckwith, World Wide Women acts as a platform to encourage, support, exhibit and sell the work of female photographers and artists. World Wide Women’s sensorial exhibitions seek to create a unique atmosphere through different artistic mediums, including photography, art, film, installation, and music. This sisterhood of female artists has been built on the shared vision of effecting positive change in the world through the creation and expression of art by joining forces to empower one another.
In 2013 gallerist and curator Andi Potamkin joined World Wide Women as the curator for the Ritual exhibition. Living in New York City, she is the co-founder of Kasher|Potamkin, an art gallery-boutique in Chelsea and the co-founder of Three Squares Studio, an art gallery-salon in the Meatpacking District.