2017 New 16 x 20" works on Canvas

Closing solo exhibition at Black Lab Gallery

 ANNE MARIE GRGICH

Early works from 1987 to 2003

Anne Grgich work 1979-2009

The mask-like, slit-eyed faces that stare back at the viewer from the patched and impastoed pages of these books represent people she has know of figures from her highly- charged imagination, like ghosts from her tortured past or apparitions out of a hallucinatory drug experience. She compulsively works and reworks these pages until they leave her possession for the growing number of exhibits and collections in which her art is represented. Despite the similarity of this process to the obsessiveness with which many "outsider" artists create their work-- and also in spite of her imagerys rawness-- Grgich's books are highly sophisticated works that deserve to be taken seriously within the larger framework of contemporary art. To pigeonhole or ghettoize her art in the culturally problematical subcategory of outsider art is to do it a disservice. Although highly personal and idiosyncratic, her work metaphorically alludes to social and psychological issues that are increasingly pertinent to all of us, and especially to this country's younger citizens. It is an art which confronts and stares boldly back at an often violent and hostile world that appears to be falling apart at the seams. 

Published in conjunction with a one-person exhibition of paintings by Anne Grgich. August-September, 1996. Includes the essay "Masked Faces Confronting a Hostile World: Notes on the Art of Anne Grgich" by Tom Patterson.

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

ANNE MARIE GRGICH – THE IMAGE THAT RISES TO LIFE, Catalogue RHODES, C. (2014). ANNE GRGICH, SOLO EXHIBITION. MUSEE DE LA CREATION FRANCHE, BEGLES, FRANCE.

CD and Guitar Art Design Commission for Love is a Road, Quarterflash 2013

Trunk Volume Two: Blood, Edited by Suzanne Boccalatte & Meredith Jones, 2013

Russell, Charles, Groundwaters; A Century of Art by Self-Taught and Outsider Artists (New York: Prestel, 2011)

Trunk Volume One: Hair, Edited by Suzanne Boccalatte & Meredith Jones , 2009

NY Times Magazine, shoots Grgich's solo NEW ORLEANS exhibition at Barristers Gallery For ARTICLE on new orleans travel Friday Dec.5, 2007

Museum Creation Franche, March 2005, Issue #24; "Life Pulsating, Troubled, Exalting -work by Anne Marie Grgich," by Colin Rhodes.

American Visionary Art Museum, High on Life/Transcending Addiction Virtual Tour, Bridge to Compassion 2004 Patterson, Tom, "Art Along the Boundaries, an appraisal of the liminal artists working on the boundaries of Outsider Art"

Raw Vision, issue 46, 2004

Sellen, Betty-Carol, with Cynthia J.Johanson.Self-Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources (Jefferson: McFarland & Co., 2000)

Gonnella, Rose, "The Books of Anne Grgich," Raw Vision [cover story]. no. 22, Spring, 1998.

Smith, Roberta, "Outsider Art Review," New York Times, January 24, 1997

Grossman, Bonnie, Memories and Visions: Self-Taught and Outsider Artists West of the Rockies, Univ.of Nevada, Reno 1996

Rosenak, Chuck & Jan, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collectors Guide (New York: Abbeville Press, 1996

Patterson, Tom Bandwagon Reactionaries and Barricade Defenders, New Art Examiner, September, 1994.

The Chuck and Jan Rosenak Collection/Smithsonian Folk Art Registry, Virginia, 1994