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529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
212 627 4819
Following in the footsteps of the legendary New York dealer Sidney Janis, Ricco/Maresca champions and showcases the art of self-taught masters working outside the continuum of art history. The gallery specializes in Outsider, Self-Taught, Contemporary, and historically significant American Folk art in various media.

Over a period of more than 35 years, Ricco/Maresca has helped blur the lines that have habitually separated conventional art-historical categories and “marginal” art. The gallery has carried out this mission through a pioneering program that emphasizes crossover between vernacular and mainstream traditions, the management of key estates (William Hawkins and Martín Ramírez among them), and seminal books produced with publishing partners such as Alfred A. Knopf, Little Brown and Company, and Pomegranate Press.

Ricco/Maresca Gallery was founded in 1979 on Broome Street, within New York’s then-emerging SoHo gallery district. The gallery relocated to TriBeCa in the 1980s and later moved to Wooster Street in SoHo—which had by then become an established contemporary art hub. In 1997, Ricco/Maresca became one of the first galleries to move to the new Chelsea art district and is currently located at 529 West 20th Street. The gallery participates and has participated in the Armory Show, the Outsider Art Fair (New York and Paris), Metro Curates, Art Chicago, The Independent Air Fair, Art Miami, and AIPAD. We work closely with major museums and collectors, and offer services that range from curatorial advisory to collection management, installation design, and conservation.
Artists Represented:
GIL BATLE
NANCY BLUM
ROSIE CAMANGA
TRICIA CLINE
HIROYUKI DOI
TOC FETCH
MICHAEL FLOMEN
WILLIAM I. GOLDMAN
KEN GRIMES
DOMINGO GUCCIONE
THE ARTISTS OF GUGGING
DEBBIE HAN
WILLIAM HAWKINS ESTATE
ALICE HOPE
RENALDO KUHLER
LAURA CRAIG MCNELLIS
AMANDA MEANS
THOMAS LYON MILLS
ALFRED NEUMAYR
MARTÍN RAMÍREZ ESTATE
TONI ROSS
BEATRICE SCACCIA
BASTIENNE SCHMIDT
GÜNTHER SCHÜTZENHÖFER
HESTER SIMPSON
MAX STREICHER
LEOPOLD STROBL
LIDIA SYROKA
REBECCA NORRIS WEBB
GEORGE WIDENER
Works Available By:
EDDIE ARNING
HENRY DARGER
THORNTON DIAL
SAM DOYLE
WILLIAM EDMONDSON
TIM FRECCIA
HASSAN (HOUSSEINOU GASAMA)
RAKUKO NAITO
SINDY LUTZ
NEAL SLAVIN
BILL TRAYLOR
ALISON WELD

 

 
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Current Exhibition

Rosie Camanga

Flash!

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

June 11, 2020 - September 4, 2020
Camanga (1910-?) "moved to Honolulu from his native Philippines sometime prior to World War II ... After a couple of years, Rosie had drawn about 400 sheets of flash and left to open his own shop ... [He] was a complete original. Humorous and tough-minded, he survived for decades in control of his own game in a volatile honky-tonk environment ... [His flash] segued from standardized versions of classic tattoo designs to eccentric and mysterious scenarios that were his alone. The format of a sheet of flash, crowded with multiple images, or the notion that something might be appealing to someone to wear indelibly for life, were mere jumping-off points for the world he created. He often collaged sheets with images he liked, which he’d clipped from a magazine or assembled from previous designs, which regularly depicted things and sentiments never seen in any other tattoo context. He continued to draw after he stopped tattooing, using the flash format for ever-more unexpected forms. The phrases accompanying the pictures are rendered in the artist’s adopted and imperfect English, often resulting in some a hilarious and mysterious poetry of meaning. The overall effect is a wacky mixture of cartoon humor, lofty emotions, menace, and smoldering sexuality./ Rosie’s art anticipates today’s stretching of the boundaries in the canon of tattoo themes ... [He] was the real thing: immensely prolific, completely sincere, and driven by a passion for drawing that ultimately sought to satisfy only himself." - Don Ed Hardy

 
Past Exhibitions

Various artists

VERNACULAR WOMAN

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

January 17, 2020 - March 21, 2020
Presenting depictions of women by self-taught, outsider, and anonymous artists in various media.

Frederick Sommer

Visual Affinities

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

October 24, 2019 - November 27, 2019

Joe Massey

Shut Up: Joe Massey's Messages from Prison

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

September 12, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Thomas Lyon Mills

Liminal Space

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

July 11, 2019 - September 7, 2019

Renaldo Kuhler

Rocaterrania

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

May 9, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Playing Games: Chance, Skill, and Abstraction

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

March 28, 2019 - May 4, 2019