American Visionary Art. Latest News and Events

American Visionary Art. Latest News and Events
Isabel del Rio

American Visionary Art. Latest news and events of a movement with deep roots in USA. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!


Bottlecap figure with mirror by Mr. Imagination. Photo Flickr by Citizen Jenn

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York will host its 2013Visionaries! Gala, celebrating five influential creators and leaders in the art, craft, and design industries, whose work personifies the Museum mission to explore and celebrate contemporary creativity across all media. They are Wilfried Vancraen, Frank Stella, Rick Kinsel, and David and Sybil Yurman. Congratulations!

In fact, American Visionary Art and artists are very well represented in Baltimore (American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway- Baltimore, MD 21230). A pioneer museum in showing this artistic movement. There, Visionary art is defined as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision.” Precisely, this inner process differentiates Visionary art from Folk art.

Among these Visionary American artist, they include:

Mary Proctor, from Florida. In 1995, after some family members were trapped and burning in their house trailer, God spoke to her: “paint onto the doors”. Thus, Mary doors are covered with her spiritual teachings and observances of righteous behavior. Because, as the rest of the visionaries, she wanted to educate and to teach people the goodness of the universe.

Paul Darmafall, “The Baltimore Glassman”. A peculiar personality, a genius with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He painted in the streets works full of positive thoughts and evils, and personal messages.

Mr. Imagination from Chicago. In 1978, after having a premonition, he was shot while selling his handmade jewelry in the streets. Almost dead, he had an “out of body” experience that changed him forever and began using new and different types of recycled materials in his art, most notably the bottle caps.

Ray Matterson, he went to prison by robberies due to his problem with drugs. There, Ray taught himself to embroider. He stitched miniature tapestries. Most of Materson’s miniature embroideries include approximately 1,200 stitches per square inch and measure less than 2.5 x 3 inches.

Definitely, a different way to understand arts. Because the important is not their training but their wish of communicating a spiritual experience.




More about MAD creators:

Wilfried Vancraen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder ofMaterialise, an international additive manufacturing company started in Belgium. For more than twenty years, Materialise has been working with designers and scientists to help expand design, manufacturing, and biomedical research into new frontiers, while remaining committed to artistic creativity, sustainability and the improvement of people’s lives.

Frank Stella, legendary painter and printmaker, most noted for his Minimalist, Post-Painterly Abstract works has challenged ideas of abstraction and of painting itself by negating the evidence of brushwork and asserting the flatness of the canvas. Today, Stella continues to explore new forms and aesthetic avenues in creating multidimensional, hybrid sculptures that combine painting with geometrical and architectural elements.

Rick Kinsel, Executive Director, The Vilcek Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Vilcek Foundation, under Kinsel leadership, has been an important philanthropic supporter of the arts and sciences. It is committed to honoring the contributions of immigrants to American society and has founded several programs recognizing both emerging and established artists and designers.

David and Sybil Yurman, founders and creative directors of David Yurman, the brand and company, will be honored for their enduring contributions to the world of style internationally. David Yurman, long an innovator in the world of jewelry, will celebrate 30 years of its iconic cable design in 2014. Over the last three decades, David Yurman has created an indelible legacy of craftsmanship and innovation.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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