Friday, January 20, 2017

Always finding space for one more piece of Outsider Art

Show Us Your Walls
By Robin Pogrebin
Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan with their salon-style presentation of outsider and other art, at their TriBeCa home. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times</td>
NEW YORK---Monty Blanchard, president of the American Folk Art Museum, and his companion of 10 years, Leslie Tcheyan, a jewelry designer, do have one blank spot left on a wall of their TriBeCa apartment — but just one. The rest of the soaring three-bedroom loft (including the bathrooms and kitchen) is filled with art, reflecting work by untrained and outsider artists. Their collection ranges from a tinfoil wolverine ($100) to a large Martín Ramírez train ($100,000). There are works by recognized masters (Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Achilles Rizzoli) and anonymous creators. [link]