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OAF Talks: Karel Appel and the Influence of Outsider Art

Paris 2017

Agathe Snow and Vincent Noce, Karel Appel and the Influence of Outsider Art, OAF Talks 2017
Franz Wilhem Kaiser, Karel Appel and the Influence of Outsider Art, OAF Talks Paris 2017


Karel Appel and the Influence of Outsider Art

One of the founding members of the post-war art movement Cobra, Karel Appel first discovered Jean Dubuffet's work and his collection of Outsider Art in 1947 at Galerie Rene Drouin in Paris. In 1950, Appel revisited the city to see the groundbreaking International Exhibition of Psychopathological Art, which featured more than 2000 works by patients deemed mentally ill. Appropriating the accompanying brochure, which featured descriptions of the patients' pathologies but no illustrations, Appel covered the pages with his own spontaneous drawings and collages, and he kept the transformed catalogue, which he titled Psychopathological Notebook, with him for the rest of his life. Taking this history as a point of departure, this panel discussion examines the influence of Outsider Art on Appel’s work and continuing impact of Cobra and Outsider Art on contemporary artists.

Vincent Noce

Art critic and writer

Noce is the French correspondent of The Art Newspaper and works for several art magazines, including the Gazette Drouot, where he is an Editorial Advisor. He was the Arts and Culture Editor and Food and Wine Editor for Libération from 1994 to 2015 and is the author of books on the history of Drouot, on art trafficking and on the relationship of such artists as Claude Monet, Odilon Redon and Salvador Dali with science.

Franz Wilhelm Kaiser
Director, Bucerius Kunst Forum, and Professor at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg

From 1989 to 2016 Kaiser was Director of Exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, where he curated the exhibition Karel Appel, Retrospective in 2016. Vice President of the Karel Appel Foundation, Kaiser has written about the importance of the Psychopathological Notebook to Appel’s work and in 2005 curated the exhibition Arnulf Rainer and his Collection of Art Brut, which paired Rainer’s art with works from his Outsider Art collection, at La Maison Rouge in Paris.

Choghakate Kazarian
Curator, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Appointed curator at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2011, Kazarian’s exhibitions include Lucio Fontana, Retrospective in 2014, Henry Darger, 1892-1973 in 2015, Piero Manzoni, Achrome in 2016 and Karel Appel in 2017. She previously participated in a panel discussion of Sex and Outsider Artat OAF Paris 2015.

Agathe Snow
Multidisciplinary Artist

Snow’s art engages connected themes of change and community, which early in her career often took the form of carnivalesque happenings, such as dinner parties (organized with her sister and performance artist Marianne Vitale,) dance marathons and social interventions. Her work has been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, New Museum, Jeu de Paume, Deutsche Guggenheim and Whitney Museum of American Art and is in the permanent collections of the Saatchi Gallery, Zabludowitz Collection, Dikeou Collection and Guggenheim Museum.

"Karel Appel and the Influence of Outsider Art" was organized by Paul Laster, an art editor, writer and curator based in New York.

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