June 20 – August 8
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20th, 6-9pm
Children’s Art: Selections from the Steve Feldman Collection
Delia Brown - Precious
NEW YORK – Inspired by Alfred Steiglitz’s 1912 showcase of children’s art at his storied gallery 291, 57W57Arts is pleased to present two exhibitions that encapsulate the raw creativity of childhood and the multilayered expressions of child-rearing. A selection of works from Steve Feldman’s collection of children’s art will be on display in the Waiting Room, and paintings from Delia Brown’s 2008 series “Precious” will be exhibited in the Project Space. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, June 20th. The exhibitions will be on view to the public through August 8th.
For the last 10 years, Steve Feldman has been scouring estate sales and flea markets in search of specific subject matter that is at once pervasive and yet seemingly rare (when it’s special) – children’s artwork. Drawn to the lucid creativity and intrinsic freedom of a child’s artistic expression, Feldman has amassed hundreds of pieces of ephemera, as well as antique toys, dolls and stuffed animals. Likening children’s artwork to Outsider art, Feldman is intrigued by the honesty and soulfulness of a child’s untrained hand and pure imagination. Many of the drawings and paper collages encircling the Waiting Room walls serve as a humble reflection of the American classroom over time. Nearly every child is first handed a box of crayons and given no direction or formal instruction. What they create is instinctual, fearless and often very funny. Their artwork is then displayed on the classroom walls and then at home. Commonly repeated themes such as holidays (especially Thanksgiving and Halloween), the alphabet and the US presidents are carried down through the generations. Feldman considers the oldest artwork in his collection, the pieces that have been saved for the longest amount of time, to be the most fascinating. Searching through discarded scrapbooks, portfolios and the pages of vintage school books, Feldman has discovered hand-drawn treasures that depict both a moment in time and it’s passage.
Delia Brown’s writing on her series Precious: