Outsider Art and the Mainstream was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) on March 1-2 in conjunction with the opening of Great and Mighty Things; Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (on view through June 9, 2013). The large exhibition includes more than two hundred works by twenty-seven American artists, all of which have been promised to the museum, making the PMA a significant resource for art that, however uneasily, is generally termed outsider. Whenever artists have tired of the deadening effects of academic art standards, they have looked elsewhere for art that they thought ... More » »
“Four Decades” celebrates John Ollman’s captaincy of the blue chip gallery, Fleisher-Ollman. With some 90 works of drawing, painting and sculpture by acclaimed self-taught artists (and contemporary artists influenced by them) as well as antique craft works by native Americans and Pre-Columbians on display, the show is museum quality.
Janet Fleisher, the woman who founded the gallery now called Fleisher/Ollman, died last week. The obit is worth reading, especially if you’re not familiar with the story behind Fleisher/Ollman or with the original Janet Fleisher Gallery. Here’s the obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer. (This link will expire in a few months, so if you are reading this after 2010, …). Here’s the top of the story.