Takashi Murakami has been tapped by Outsider Art Fair organizers to curate a pop-up presentation entitled “Super-Rough.” Murakami will lend his curatorial talents for an immense exhibition of sculptures crafted by folk artists from all across the globe. The presentation is an extension of the fair’s annual programming that champions dimensionality and handmade aesthetics versus the more sleek and “shiny consumer consciousness” of most contemporary art fairs.
“‘Super-Rough,’ a word play on ’Superflat’––Murakami’s highly influential, conceptual explication for the phenomenon of a new genre of Japanese Pop Art as it emerged towards the end of the last millennium––counterposes the private, idiosyncratic and visionary universe of outsider art as an alternative to contemporary art and popular culture,” said organizers in a statement.
Participating artists in the forthcoming edition include Nek Chand, William Edmondson, Elijah Pierce, Howard Finster, Sinichi Sawada, Ionel Talpazan, and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, to name a few. The exhibition will take place from June 9 through June 27 inside an expansive ground floor space in SoHo.
Head to Outsider Art Fair’s website for more information.