Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 

January 21, 2018 – May 27, 2018


Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic unites more than two hundred and fifty works by twenty-one seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists including rare manuscripts, series of drawings, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography and journals providing an art historical and pluridisciplinary perspective on the mechanisms behind visual storytelling. Works and original journals by Paul Laffoley will be on view with contributed notes by Elyse Benenson.


Curated by Valerie Rousseau, the exhibition has been co-produced with the LaM, Lille Metropole Musee d’art modern, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France.  


Paul Laffoley is also the subject of a recent monograph published by the University of Chicago Press entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley.

Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe


Oil, acrylic, ink, lettering on canvas

73 1/2 x 73 1/2 in.


Subject: The Alchemical Process


Symbol Evocation: Traditional Western Magic 



Paul Laffoley: Building the Bauharoque, Kent Gallery, New York, 1998

Architectonic Thought-Forms: A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, 1999

Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2009 

Paul Laffoley: The Boston Visionary Cell, Kent Fine Art, New York, 2013

Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2013