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OAF Presents Super-Rough Guest Curated by Takashi Murakami

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OAF Presents Super-Rough Guest Curated by Takashi Murakami

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The Outsider Art Fair is excited to present Super-Rough, a large-scale group exhibition of close to two hundred sculptural works by approximately 50-60 self-taught, visionary and vernacular folk artists from around the world. Overseen by Takashi Murakami, in collaboration with several dozen Outsider Art Fair dealers and gallerists, the show will take place in a raw, expansive ground floor space in SoHo, New York City.

Super-Rough, a word play on Superflat—Murakami’s highly influential term for a new genre of Japanese Pop Art that emerged at the turn of the millennium, proposes the private and idiosyncratic universe of Outsider Art as an alternative to the ongoing spectacle of contemporary art and popular culture. Also referencing Outsider Art’s DIY dimensionality and handmade aesthetic, Super-Rough offers a diametrical departure from the slick seductive surfaces of a shiny consumer consciousness. At the same time it reflects Murakami’s understanding that in visual culture there is equivalence to all manners of art, a super-flattening of prior hierarchical distinctions between fine art and popular or vernacular arts, between what is professional and institutionally ratified and what is self-taught. On the compositional and textural implications of an adjective like “rough” Murakami cites the calligraphic Zen paintings of temple monks and Buddhist sculpture, in which studied refinement gradually drifts towards a rougher abstraction, and how in each there is a forceful connection between refinement and roughness. He also sees a connection between religious art and the spiritual strain in Outsider Art, explaining that “Outsider Artists don’t think about unnecessary things, they focus in on that state.”

Exhibition Hours

Wednesday - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Thursday - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Friday - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Monday - Tuesday - CLOSED

In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, OAF requires that all visitors entering the gallery adhere to the following:

- Visitors must wear face masks covering their nose and mouth at all times.

- Visitors must maintain a minimum distance of six feet apart from others at all times.

- Visitors must provide contact information upon entry to aid in contact tracing efforts.

- Entry to the gallery is not permitted if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 including cough, shortness of breath or fever.

For more information please visit https://www.outsiderartfair.com/

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