Not at the Outsider Art Fair? No Problem! 5 Other Must-See Shows Happening Now

The biggest, bestest, brightest outsider art in the world will in New York this weekend for the Outsider Art Fair. And while I can’t be more excited to be here for it, I am a bit jealous I won’t be able to catch these other really great shows taking place this weekend.

Shinichi Sawada Solo Exhibition

When and Where: March 4th, 2023 – April 3rd, 2023 at James Cohan Gallery in NYC

Presented in partnership between James Cohan Gallery and Jennifer Lauren Gallery, this will be Sawada’s second solo exhibition of ceramics in New York. Jillian Steinhauer of The New York Times said of his work, “His sculptures are rich with allusions. The cartoonish, sometimes possessed looks of his creatures recall imagery from Japanese mythology and medieval bestiaries.”

Jennifer Lauren Gallery

There Is No God And We Are His Prophets: Esteban Whiteside and John Brendan Guinan

When and Where: March 1st, 2023 – April 23rd, 2023 at Latchkey Gallery in NYC

Latchkey Gallery is pleased to present, There is no God and we are his prophets, a two-person exhibition of new artworks by John Brendan Guinan and Esteban Whiteside. There is no God and we are his prophets casts a heightened shadow of an imagined state established by current systems. There is no God and we are his prophets, originates from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic book, The Road which informs the theme of the exhibition.

Latchkey Gallery

Out The Mud: A Black American Rite of Passage by b. Robert Moore

When and Where: March 4th, 2023 – March 25th, 2023 at Thinkspace in Los Angeles

Self-taught and multidisciplinary artist, b. Robert Moore, uses art as a means to process both the personal and the societal. He provides the perspective that a quick glance may not. Noticing that, like many humans and human experiences the exterior is merely a facade that does not dive into the true interior, the influences and experiences that impact them and thus human nature typically has a subjective stance. Robert attempts to strip away those subjective “soft” assumptions of narrative, instead, calling them out directly. That is the goal in his work, to conflict and provoke thought of narrative of the African and African American diaspora as well as social and civil experiences of underrepresented people and narratives. A true representation of his experiences through a collective community lens, Moore maintains that art should be felt, not just seen.


Esther Pearl Watson:
A Very Luminous Vision

When and Where: March 11th, 2023 – April 22nd, 2023 at Vielmetter Gallery in Los Angeles

Esther Pearl Watson, known for her intimately detailed diaristic paintings, culls from her own memories and an archive of emails from family members transmuting her personal history of caregiving for her loved ones who struggle with their mental health into fantastical landscapes. Dappled with starry night skies, cascading comets, and sparkling UFOs, Watson’s memory paintings incorporate curious snippets of emails from her family members, contextualizing her compositions with an eccentric narrator. Of these works Watson describes her attempt to process the feeling of being grounded in reality whilst dealing with her family members’ mental states which can feel otherworldly.

Vielmetter Gallery

Youngest Son: New Work by Max Kuhn

When and Where: March 5th, 2023 at Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas

Max Kuhn has created dozens of primitive wood storyboards, mechanical sculptures, and writings inspired by memories from his youth for this exhibit. Using what at a quick glance could be perceived as pieces found at the local craft show, Max created beautiful dioramas which set the scene for his deeply allegorical examples of discovery, adventure, fear, and pleasure.

Webb Gallery

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An artist/curator of outsider art and folk artwork, specializing in the marketing, buying and selling, promoting, educating, and storytelling of non-conforming artists.

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