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New York, NY 10011
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Following in the footsteps of the legendary New York art 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 40 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, Martín Ramírez, and Domingo Guccione among them), and seminal books produced with publishing partners such as Alfred A. Knopf, Little Brown and Company, Radius Books, 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 ADAA Art Show, the Independent Art Fair, the Armory Show, Frieze Masters, Art Chicago, Art Miami, AIPAD, NADA House, and the Outsider Art Fair (New York and Paris).  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
ROSIE CAMANGA
TRICIA CLINE
KATE BERRY BROWN
HIROYUKI DOI
ABIGAIL FRANKFURT
WILLIAM I. GOLDMAN
KEN GRIMES
DOMINGO GUCCIONE
THE ARTISTS OF GUGGING
DEBBIE HAN
WILLIAM HAWKINS ESTATE
ALICE HOPE
LAURA CRAIG MCNELLIS
MARK LAVER
THOMAS LYON MILLS
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
WILLIAM BUTLER 
HENRY DARGER
THORNTON DIAL
SAM DOYLE
WILLIAM EDMONDSON
MORRIS HIRSHFIELD 
C.T. MCCLUSKY
BILL TRAYLOR
JOSEPH YOAKUM




 

 
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Online Programming

William Hawkins

William Hawkins: Drawings



William Hawkins’s main source of inspiration was the print media of his time, the pictures in newspapers and magazines that he retrieved from the trash stored in a suitcase. Before starting to work on a painting, Hawkins would often work out basic compositional problems on paper. The drawings presented in this online exhibition were always meant to be the beginning of a process that was wonderfully spontaneous. When asked about art-making, the first thing the artist would say was that he had been drawing all his life. This was true. Even though he did not start painting in earnest until the late 1970s (he was always a hard, industrious worker and never had the luxury of time), drawing could be done anywhere, quickly. It was never Hawkins's intention to sell his drawings, so he didn’t treat them with particular care—he might have been working on one while eating lunch or dinner. There is nothing "precious" about the artist's work, and this extends to his drawings. It’s also true that they are as fearless and whimsical as his paintings are.

Kate Berry Brown

Kate Berry Brown: Clarity



Kate Berry Brown was born in 1978 and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. Her current body of work consists of meticulously carved wood and paper sculptures, which evolved from abstract ink drawings on cut paper and the desire to give them dimensionality. The artist's woodworking journey began three years ago on a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts called Cuttyhunk. "There’s no way of coming away unchanged from living such a simple island life; walking under vast skies every day for an entire season, completely surrounded by the ocean, collecting stones and moon shells,” says Brown. “The drawings I was mounting on the wood available to me were replaced by plain white paper; the softness of the paper wrapping around the wood curves—the hush of each piece—became my new inspiration."

Tricia Cline

Tricia Cline: The Life of an Image



Tricia Cline was born in Sacramento, California, in 1956. As a self-taught sculptor, she has been working for over 25 years from direct observation of female and animal forms. Her small, highly detailed porcelain clay sculptures are metaphors describing humans’ relationship to animals and to themselves as… animals. Cline’s method of observation without mental interpretation is influenced by the writings of psychologist James Hillman, who in his book Blue Fire describes a dream featuring a great black snake. Interpreting the meaning of the snake upon awakening (or restricting the vast unknown to what is known) will kill the image, cutting off any path to a transcendent reality.

George Widener

George Widener: Mindscapes



George Widener was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1962. A calendar savant, Widener has created distinct bodies of work that represent the depth and versatility of his visual and conceptual toolbox: from his Titanic works and Megalopolises to his Crispr and Pi works, from his Magic Circles and Magic Squares to his Self-Portrait series. The group of works included in Mindscapes presents a series of expressive vignettes capturing the traffic and chaos of modern cities, which Widener experienced during past travels to Europe and Asia. Using his innate eidetic memory—the ability to recall an image from memory with great precision—Widener conjures these scenes with ink and charcoal, employing densely rendered and overlapping networks of lines. The small format of these drawings allows the artist to work quickly and spontaneously; the recurring date panels at the bottom of each work capture a unique aspect of his interior life—counting dates to calm himself down amid the urban turmoil. Widener’s work is in private and museum collections worldwide, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago, the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands, the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, the abcd/ ART BRUT collection and the Centre Pompidou, both in Paris.

Mark Laver

Mark Laver: A Wild Silence



[Artist Debut] Laver was born in 1970 in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in a rural area of Vancouver Island, where he spent his childhood exploring the surrounding beaches, tidal swamps, creeks, and forests. His current and ongoing body of work depicts landscapes of a mysterious beauty that is at once luscious and moody, cohesive and in flux. Without reference to photographs, drawings, real places, or even conscious memories, Laver starts with a limited palette and no pre-existing plans, and discovers his paintings in the act of painting, arriving at the composition last. Each work provides its own surprises, as new symbols and motifs emerge, grow, and repeat, adding to his ever-expanding invented world.

William E. Doleman

William E. Doleman: Utopia



William Eugene Doleman was born in San Francisco in 1949. Since 1991, he has been living on and off in Grass Valley, California, a small mining town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. A self-described “volunteer peasant” and an eccentric, Doleman has lived in and out of a trailer for 50 years. “My parents went through the Depression when they were young teens,” he says. “That had an effect on me… They were very frugal, they lived off very little,” adding that he is planning on fixing up a motor home that he recently purchased—which will put him on his way to becoming a true nomad. When he moved to California, Doleman started to tie-dye fabrics, and at one point it occurred to him to cut and stretch them to utilize as canvases. This pre-existing color base serves as inspiration for the drawings that then emerge: whirlpools of figures with varying degrees of human and animal traits that coexist happily in a flexible non-perspectival space—which Doleman manipulates by removing some of the color (or un-dying) to create negative spaces, luminosity, and contrast.

Thomas Lyon Mills

Thomas Lyon Mills: New Work



For over 30 years, Thomas Lyon Mills has been the only non-archeologist with permission to explore and paint alone in the Italian catacombs. Mills has also received unique access to paint in Mithraeums, in the temple ruins of the unknown civilization at Gabii, in Etruscan tombs down hill-sides hidden in forests, and up in a mountainous Paleolithic cave. With his on-site work and the influence of his dreams, he returns to his studio to work on pieces often for years.

Domingo Guccione

Domingo Guccione: Unseen Works



Guccione (1898 - 1966) worked in private and claimed to be channeling a mysterious force that took a hold of him in bouts of creative energy—when his body and mind were not his own. His oeuvre is both deeply abstract and reminiscent of futuristic architectural landscapes; of buildings and labyrinths that fluctuate between flatness and three-dimensionality, interweaving densely packed color with subtle shading. All the works in this online exhibition have never been seen or offered.

Renaldo Kuhler

Stories From Rocaterrania - Part II



Renaldo Kuhler (1931 - 2013) created an imaginary country he called Rocaterrania as a teenager and set out to illustrate its history for the rest of his life. An amalgam of Kuhler’s varied cultural and aesthetic tastes, Rocaterrania is a sovereign nation situated on the border of New York state and Canada, Rocaterrania’s name was derived from Rockland County, NY, Kuhler’s childhood home. The country has a unique government, military, language, religion, architecture, movie industry, and a fully mapped geography of cities, mountains, farmlands, lakes, and rivers. It also has a dramatic history of oppression, revolutions, prosperity, and reversals of fortune—one that mirrors the narrative arc of Kuhler’s own life. This two-part exhibition features works that have never before been offered.

Renaldo Kuhler

Stories From Rocaterrania - Part I



Renaldo Kuhler (1931 - 2013) created an imaginary country he called Rocaterrania as a teenager and set out to illustrate its history for the rest of his life. An amalgam of Kuhler’s varied cultural and aesthetic tastes, Rocaterrania is a sovereign nation situated on the border of New York state and Canada, Rocaterrania’s name was derived from Rockland County, NY, Kuhler’s childhood home. The country has a unique government, military, language, religion, architecture, movie industry, and a fully mapped geography of cities, mountains, farmlands, lakes, and rivers. It also has a dramatic history of oppression, revolutions, prosperity, and reversals of fortune—one that mirrors the narrative arc of Kuhler’s own life. This two-part exhibition features works that have never before been offered.

Laura Craig McNellis

Laura Craig McNellis: Here Comes the Sun



Laura Craig McNellis was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1957. As the youngest of four sisters. McNellis’s developmental disability became apparent early in her life. Because McNellis is non-literate and her speech understood only by family members, her paintings have become an extraordinary means of personal expression. Often a painting portrays an episode from her day and sometimes a series of works will develop from a particular event that fascinated her. Her acute powers of observation enable her to depict eloquently the people, objects, and events she encounters. Her art makes it clear that the artist sees a different, though in no way diminished, world.

Hester Simpson

Hester Simpson: Paintings



Simpson's acrylic paintings layer color on color until their surface resembles a waxy patina. The artist's translucent fields hold geometric and organic systems of repetition that self-destruct and re-invent themselves, veering on and off the grid in a deceptively vast space.

Helmut Hladisch

Helmut Hladisch: Absence of Color



Hladisch (b. 1961) has been one of the eight residents of the Gugging House of Artists in the outskirts of Vienna since 2013. Using short, close-set strokes to fill in traced contours, Hladisch depicts everyday objects from memory or inspired by print media. His stylized drawings marry emotional intensity, imagination, ingenuity, and technical precision—crossing seamlessly into the modern and contemporary arenas.

 
Current Exhibition

Mark Laver

Mark Laver: Within



September 15, 2022 - October 15, 2022
Ricco/Maresca is pleased to present "Mark Laver: Within," the artist's first solo exhibition in New York City. Laver was born in 1970 in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in a rural area of Vancouver Island, where he spent his childhood exploring the surrounding beaches, tidal swamps, creeks, and forests. His current and ongoing body of work depicts landscapes of a mysterious beauty that is at once luscious and moody, cohesive and in flux. Without reference to photographs, drawings, real places, or even conscious memories, Laver starts with a limited palette and no pre-existing plans and discovers his paintings in the act of painting. Each work provides its own surprises, as new symbols and motifs emerge, grow, and repeat, adding to his ever-expanding invented world. Most recently, Laver has retaken to a curved space technique that he started experimenting with in his twenties, opening increased formal and conceptual possibilities.

 
Past Exhibitions

Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford: Ancestral Present



May 6, 2022 - June 18, 2022
Ricco/Maresca is excited to present the debut exhibition of the work of the Australian Indigenous master Paddy Bedford, the first solo show of the artist to take place in the United States. Paddy Bedford (ca. 1922 - 2007) was born in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, in a property that gave him his surname–Bedford Downs Station. Like many of the indigenous men in the Kimberley, Bedford worked as a stockman, but was paid in rations. In 1969, when the law required equal pay for blacks and whites alike, station owners responded by laying off their indigenous workforce, including Bedford. He worked for a while on road building, but ended up forced on to welfare by injury. Bedford was involved in painting as part of ceremony throughout his life, but he only began painting on canvas for exhibition after the establishment of the Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation in 1997 (formed to assist the development and sale of works by Indigenous artists from parts of the Kimberley). In a remarkable career as a painter that spanned less than ten years, Bedford achieved great critical acclaim in Australia and abroad and has been recognized as one of Australia’s most important artists.

George Widener

George Widener: Count Down



March 4, 2022 - April 30, 2022
George Widener was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1962. Throughout his career, now spanning almost three decades, Widener has created distinct bodies of work that represent the depth and versatility of his visual and conceptual toolbox. Count Down presents a survey of work from diverse series: Megalopolis, Robot Teaching Games, Crispr, Maps, Magic Circles, Calendrical Computations, Cityscapes/Mindscapes, and Gambling/Probability—created between 2010 and 2022. Widener’s work is in private and museum collections worldwide, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, the Museum Gugging in Klosterneuburg, Austria, the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands, the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, the abcd/ ART BRUT collection and the Centre Pompidou, both in Paris.

Martín Ramírez

Martín Ramírez: Memory Portals



December 11, 2021 - February 26, 2022
A prolific draftsman, Martín Ramírez is considered one of the preeminent self-taught masters of the twentieth century. From ranch owner and agriculturist in Mexico, to miner and railroad worker in the United States, to patient and artist at two psychiatric hospitals in California—only in recent decades have we been able to appreciate the full complexity of Ramírez’s life. A quintessentially twentieth-century life that provided the source material for his sophisticated and enchanting compositions. Despite the hurdles Ramírez faced in his life—the economic instability following the Mexican Revolution, his migration to the United States, his self-imposed exile during the Cristero Rebellion, economic precarity during the Great Depression, and forced institutionalization in U.S. psychiatric hospitals—Ramírez was able to insist on creativity. ​"Memory Portals" will focus on the artist's recurrent and mysterious depiction of arches, doorways, and portals—and their formal and symbolic significance across his oeuvre. The exhibition features a conversation between Brooke Davis Anderson, curator of the groundbreaking "Martín Ramírez" exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum (2007), and Juan Omar Rodriguez, Latinx curator of contemporary art and Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Domingo Guccione

Domingo Guccione: Spiritual Geometry



October 28, 2021 - December 4, 2021
Domingo Guccione was born in Buenos Aires in 1898, he was a mystic, a classical musician, and​ a​ self-taught artist. The body of work that he left behind, produced between 1930 and 1955, is a compelling example of Latin American geometric abstraction. Guccione worked in private and claimed to be channeling a mysterious force that took a hold of him in bouts of creative energy; he did not sketch his drawings, working quickly and with a minimal range of materials. His geometric landscapes are reminiscent of futuristic buildings and labyrinths that interweave densely packed color with subtle shadings. ​After Guccione's death in 1966, his oeuvre remained in his ​family’s possession​ ​(and unseen by a wider audience​)​ until 2020​—when Ricco/Maresca mounted his art world debut at the Independent Art Fair. ​Spiritual Geometry, the artist's first one-person gallery exhibition, will present works that have never been seen​ or offered.

Johann Garber, Johann Hauser, Helmut Hladisch, Johann Korec, Alfred Neumayr, Günther Schützenhöfer, Leopold Strobl

GUGGING / ART BRUT



September 18, 2021 - October 23, 2021
We are pleased to announce gugging / art brut, featuring over 30 works by six artists, produced from the 1970s to the present at Gugging—Austria’s foremost cultural center dedicated to championing the field of art brut. Spanning across generations of artists who found their calling at Gugging, this exhibition highlights the profound originality and remarkable artistry that this forward-thinking institution has fostered for many decades. gugging / art brut is Ricco/Maresca’s second exhibition featuring artists of Gugging since their debut at the gallery in 2012.

Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, Toni Ross

No W here: Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, Toni Ross



June 3, 2021 - September 11, 2021
A few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, artists Hope, Schmidt, and Ross agreed to each select an artifact from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collection and respond to it creatively. In a serendipitous event, they all chose the Navigational Chart (Rebbilib) from the Marshall Islands. No W here weaves the three individual responses resulting from this inquiry into one visual narrative that strives to facilitate recalibration and sense of place in this era of disequilibrium.

Artists Unknown

PLAY: American Game Boards 1880 - 1940



March 18, 2021 - May 20, 2021
Including parcheesi, backgammon, checkers, Chinese checkers, solitaire, and mills boards—all dating between the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Not created as modern or contemporary art, these game boards relate directly to (and often precede) works of geometric abstraction and minimalism.

George M. Silsbee

Explanatory Marks: The Mystical Drawings of George M. Silsbee (1840 - 1900)



January 28, 2021 - March 13, 2021
George M. Silsbee was a Civil War veteran with many occupations—artist, maker of daguerreotype images, organ builder, and miner among them. The details of his life are obscure, but we know that he was based in Colorado for twenty years toward the end of his life. Around 1891, Silsbee created what he would describe as his master oeuvre; a series of large works on paper backed with linen, densely rendered with writing, calligraphy, charts, and symbols revolving around freemasonry, mysticism, and the occult. "Explanatory Marks" will present a collection of nine such works, which have never been seen until now.

Leopold Strobl

Leopold Strobl: ONE



October 29, 2020 - January 23, 2021
Strobl's second one-person exhibition after his debut in 2016. Presenting a selection of his most recent works--all produced between 2019 and 2020. Strobl, born and based in Austria, makes intimately scaled works on paper where naturalism and abstraction seamlessly converge.

C.T. McClusky

C.T. McClusky: Circus Surreal



September 17, 2020 - October 24, 2020
McClusky was a circus clown who spent the winter seasons between the late 1940s and mid-1950s at a boarding house in Oakland, California. Working with found materials, he completed 53 mixed media collages on cardboard incorporating photographic cutouts, illustrations, as well as ephemera such as chocolate and candy wrappers. His vignettes from circus life are candid, nostalgic, and strikingly surreal.

Rosie Camanga

Rosie Camanga: Flash!



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

Various artists

VERNACULAR WOMAN



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

Frederick Sommer

Frederick Sommer: Visual Affinities



October 24, 2019 - November 27, 2019

Joe Massey

Shut Up: Joe Massey's Messages from Prison



September 12, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Thomas Lyon Mills

Thomas Lyon Mills: Liminal Space



July 11, 2019 - September 7, 2019

Renaldo Kuhler

Rocaterrania



May 9, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Playing Games: Chance, Skill, and Abstraction



March 28, 2019 - May 4, 2019