My first curated my first Folk, Outsider, and Self-Taught Art auction at Toomey & Co Auctioneers is Thursday, August 12th at noon and the preview for it is now online! There are show really great pieces in this show...
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HI everyone... thanks for paying attention after that heat! If you are curious we made our Kickstarter goal for this book I am participating in. See link here.

We will have a show sometime in the fall with the project. More notes on that soonish.

Beyond that the activity keeps coming. I have curated my first Folk, Outsider, and Self-Taught Art auction at Toomey & Co Auctioneers. Auction is now online and previews start Thursday, August 5. Auction is on Thursday, August 12th at noon. Worth taking a look online I think. We will have a special reception on Saturday, August 7 from Noon to 4 PM. It's special in the sense that normally we are closed on Saturdays. I'll be there with a few of my colleagues so come on down. Hours for all the preview dates are below, along with other details. Oak Park is a little far for some of you but would love to see you all on that Saturday. The show looks like one of my gallery shows so if you miss those...

Also we really got some great things in. One highlight is a group of 25 or so Folk Art / Americana objects from the Collection of Governor Thompson. There are a few pictured below. Lot 3 and 55. And please note Bernard Gilardi's work. Lot 241. Maurizio Cattelan curated an exhibition at Shrine, in NYC. Cattelan, David Byrne, and Fred Armisen are all collectors of Gilardi's work! Hope to see you sometime during preview or on that Saturday.

See you and thanks. Best, Aron

LOT 3: Anna Pottery /
Wallace & Cornwall Kirkpatrick
Centennial snake jug

LOT 241: Bernard Gilardi
Bull Nose, 1975

LOT 104: Lee Godie
Female Portrait with
Artist Self-Portrait photo
holding this painting

LOT 55: American Folk Art
Tramp Art mantel clock

Lot 93: Amish
Center Diamond quilt

LOT 117: Wesley Willis
Jackson, Adams, Franklin, 1989;
109th and S. Cottage Grove Av., 1989

Catalog Online

Folk, Outsider &
Self-Taught Art +

Thursday, August 12, 2021
12:00 PM CDT

View Lots
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
818 North Boulevard
Oak Park, Illinois, 60301 USA

Preview Dates

Thursday, August 5, 2021
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM CDT
Friday, August 6, 2021
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM CDT
Saturday, August 7, 2021
12:00 — 4:00 PM CDT
Monday, August 9, 2021
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM CDT

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM CDT
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM CDT
Thursday, August 12, 2021
9:00 AM — 12:00 PM CDT

Book Appointment

Auction Preview & Bidding Information

Based on updated local guidelines related to COVID-19, our Folk, Outsider & Self-Taught Art + Americana auction on Thursday, August 12 will be open to the public for in-person bidding by appointment. Likewise, in-person preview prior to the sale requires an appointment. In either case, clients must wear masks on the premises regardless of vaccination status. We are also offering virtual preview with additional condition details and/or photos by request. Please contact us directly at [email protected] to schedule an appointment to bid in person on auction day or to preview in person or virtually.

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My Account

LOT 169: Mose Tolliver
Two Dinosaur Birds

LOT 9: Carl Hallsthammar
Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, 1934

LOT 78: Snap Wyatt
AKO Alive. sideshow banner

LOT 21: American Folk Art / WWII
Marines raising flag at Iwo Jima

LOT 183: S.L. Jones
Three Figures, 1992,
and A Couple (two works)

New and Noteworthy

Two Articles for Folk, Outsider &
Self-Taught Art + Americana
Auction on August 12

by Aron Packer, Senior Specialist,
Contemporary & Outsider Art

Recently, Toomey & Co.'s Aron Packer wrote two articles for our website's New and Noteworthy section in anticipation of our inaugural Folk, Outsider & Self-Taught Art + Americana auction on Thursday, August 12. The first article answers the question, "What Is Outsider Art?" In the process, Aron provides an overview of Folk, Outsider, and Self-Taught Art plus Americana while discussing the release of Jean Dubuffet's 1947 manifesto on art brut ("raw art"), the publication of Roger Cardinal's book Outsider Art in 1972, and various contemporary exhibits and art fairs. The second article contains several concise biographies of notable figures in these overlapping fields along with selected auction results and previews of works that will be offered on August 12.

"What Is Outsider Art?"

Notable Figures with Bios

Works by artists pictured:
William Dawson, Howard Finster,
Lee Godie, Jesse Howard,
Carl McKenzie, Elijah Pierce,
Jimmy Lee Sudduth,
Tattoo Flash 1960s,
Tramp Art Lamp 1930s