Latitudes – Self Taught Artists from France & New Zealand

Creative Growth hosts an exhibition of self-taught artwork from France and New Zealand, exploring the phenomenon of the untrained artist and the widely celebrated, international current of creativity within this field.

September 20, 2011 — OAKLAND, CA — Creative Growth Art Center announces its exhibition, Latitudes, a presentation of artwork that spans the globe and introduces new work by Self-Taught artists from France and New Zealand. Latitudes bridges time zones and crosses continents through visual means, exploring contemporary French art brut work, self-taught work from New Zealand, alongside work from the local artists of Creative Growth.

On the West Coast for the first time–drawings by French self-taught artists including, Pierre Albasser, Jean Michel Chesne and Gerard Sendrey. Also having a West Coast debut, are the paintings and ceramic works from New Zealand-based artists, Andrew Blythe, Robert Rapson, Ray Ritchie and Martin Thompson, of the Massey University research project for Self Taught and Visionary Art, led by Professor Stuart Shepherd. Representing the arts and disability field in the Bay Area are works by Creative Growth artists David Albertsen, Juan Aguilera, Dinah Shapiro, and William Tyler, among many others.

This group of Self-Taught artists were first exhibited together in Paris, at Galerie Impaire, a gallery project organized by Creative Growth Art Center.

Exhibition Opening:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, (DURING OAKLAND’S ART MURMUR)
PRESS PREVIEW: PLEASE EMAIL FOR APPOINTMENT: [email protected]
MEMBERS’ PREVIEW: 11AM – 2PM
MAIN EVENT: 5PM – 9PM
LIVE MUSIC
BAR AND SNACKS BY era Art Bar & Lounge, Oakland

ALSO OPEN SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 11AM – 4PM

Artwork: Pierre Albasser