Posted February 3, 2014
Now in its 18th year, the LA Art Show is known for exhibiting exciting work from around the globe and from one end of the art spectrum to another.
The 2014 show (January 15th-19th) didn’t disappoint, offering a broad spectrum, indeed: Contemporary bronzes by China’s Wang Dong Lai; master works by Marc Chagall; rarely-seen photography by Andy Warhol; progressive/contemporary art from Korea; and the paintings of a virtually unknown self-taught visionary artist from Seattle, Washington — Larry John Palsson (1948-2010).
In the year that I’ve represented Larry’s work, I’ve installed gallery-style exhibitions in conjunction with the Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art and the Objects of Art Santa Fe Show. But as a first-time exhibitor at the LA Art Show — and the only gallery to represent the work of an outsider artist — I was able to introduce Larry’s work to its widest audience yet. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the response.
Visitors were astonished by the artist’s sense of color and brushwork so precise that the paintings were sometimes mistaken for cut paper collage. One of the most consistent reactions was sheer amazement at the level of sophistication from an artist who was completely self-taught.
Along with the paintings, we included Larry’s personal story, complete with snapshots of the artist as well as some of his quirky and even profound writings from the only notebook to survive him. The passage below appears just as Larry wrote it:
The public won’t bother to
come to art museums and galleries
by the thousands like sports games
Not enough excitement. Not
But every year the 2013 LA Art Show some 50,000 people, enough to fill a stadium. And I can assure Larry that in booth 1302 there was plenty of excitement, plenty of interest in his personal story his visionary art.
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