Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic

Adolf Wölfli, “Geographische Karte der beiden Fürstentümmer Sonoritza und Willi=Wand=West.” (1911), from “From the Cradle to the Grave” (1908–1912), book four of nine, page 421, graphite and colored pencil on newsprint, 39 1/4 x 28 inches (photo courtesy of Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland)

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic

One of the best exhibition in New York, or anywhere else. “Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic” at the American Folk Art Museum, curated by Valerie Rousseau through May 27, 2018. An impressive list of artists including an in depth presentation of our beloved Charles AA Dellschau as well as Henry Darger, Adolph Wolfli, Aloïse Corbaz, Paul Laffoley, Melvin Edward Nelson, Achilles G. Rizzoli and many other. NOT to be missed.  – Stephen Romano 


The Living Klein Bottle House of Time, Paul Laffoley

January 21, 2018–May 27, 2018

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic unites more than two hundred and fifty works by twenty-one seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists, who will be introduced for the first time through the examination of the idiosyncratic structures of their lifelong, intricate narratives—notably, their sequential and developing aspects. Rare manuscripts, series of drawings, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography, journals, and multi-part collages will provide an art historical and pluridisciplinary perspective on the mechanisms behind visual storytelling.


At SunBeam Creek : Henry Darger


The exhibition features the work of:

  • Jean-Daniel Allanche (1940, Tunisia–2015, France)
  • Josep Baqué (1895–1967, Spain)
  • Ariane Bergrichter (1937, Germany–1996, Belgium)
  • Josie Lipton Bryant (Twentieth Century, United States)
  • Aloïse Corbaz (1886–1964, Switzerland)
  • Henry Darger (1892–1973, United States)
  • James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908–1987, United States)
  • Charles A. A. Dellschau (1830–1923, United States)
  • Jean Fick (b. 1876, France)
  • Jerry Gretzinger (b. 1942, United States)
  • William A. Hall (b. 1943, United States)
  • Carlo Keshishian (b. 1980, United Kingdom)
  • Susan Te Kahurangi King (b. 1951, New Zealand)
  • Paul Laffoley (1935–2015, United States)
  • Malcolm McKesson (1909–1999, United States)
  • Melvin Edward Nelson (1908–1992, United States)
  • Jean Perdrizet (1907–1975, France)
  • Achilles G. Rizzoli (1896–1982, United States)
  • Richard Saholt (1924–2014, United States)
  • Agatha Wojciechowsky (1896, Germany–1986, United States)
  • Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930, Switzerland)


Charles A. A. Dellschau, “Recollections. Part two” (1899), green cover ‘Scrapbook,’ bound, ink on paper, private collection (photo courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery)


The exhibition is coproduced with the LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, where a complementary selection of artists is presented until March 25, 2018. The New York presentation is curated by Valérie Rousseau, PhD, Curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum.


Untitled: Jean-Daniel Allanche


A book will be available.

See Details for the Exhibition @ the  Folk Art Museum

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Charles A. A. Dellschau, “Untitled” (March 24, 1921–July 24, 1921), book twelve, 81 pages, numbers 4850 to 5235, bound, ink, watercolor, pencil, and collage on paper, 21 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 inches, collection abcd/Bruno Decharme (photo courtesy of Collection abcd)


Barry William Hale


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