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Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic

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The exhibition 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.

IMAGE: Paul Laffoley, Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe, 1973, Oil, acrylic, ink, and hand applied lettering on canvas, 73 1/2 x 73 1/2 in. / 185.4 x 185.4 cm.

Earlier Event: October 7
The Great Mystery Show
Later Event: February 2
Paul Laffoley: The Visionary Point