Steven S. Powers - American Art & Americana

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Steve Powers is the country's leading specialist in Native American-Woodlands sculpture and a leading dealer in American folk art sculpture and paintings, choice American & English treen and smalls—including snuffboxes. Further they are guaranteed to your satisfaction.

05/14/2021
05/14/2021
05/14/2021
Drop Day ‼️ In conjunction with the 2019 Outsider Art Fair, we just dropped, FINDING NORTH—an expansive collection of Ou...
01/08/2019

Drop Day ‼️ In conjunction with the 2019 Outsider Art Fair, we just dropped, FINDING NORTH—an expansive collection of Outsider and Self-Taught Art. View the 98-page online catalog at now @ stevenspowers.com

The subtitle to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo is ‘How One Becomes What One Is.’ Considering Nietzsche’s directive, our title, “Finding North” is a metaphor for finding one’s path in life—one’s truth. The artists herein walked, hiked, climbed (and probably tripped a few times) towards their truth. In doing so, they all left something wondrous behind that helps us understand or consider them in a small or large way and in many cases, their wondrous works aid in our journey—we use their works to assist us in finding our north.”

Please join us at The Outsider Art Fair, at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, January 17-20.
Morgan

NEW CATALOG ONLINE TODAY 🙌. It is not easy coming up with compelling and complex material show after show. This catalog ...
04/09/2018

NEW CATALOG ONLINE TODAY 🙌. It is not easy coming up with compelling and complex material show after show. This catalog is thinner than usual, but phat as ever—quality over quantity with no filler! Of course, we will be bringing more than these works of art to the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, but herein are a group of well-winnowed works that deserve special attention. Enjoy!

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It shall BE RELEASED! Steven S. Powers presents, INSIDER/OUTSIDER, a collection of exceptional works that blur the line ...
01/08/2018

It shall BE RELEASED! Steven S. Powers presents, INSIDER/OUTSIDER, a collection of exceptional works that blur the line between Outsider, Folk and Self-Taught Art. Assembled for the forthcoming Outsider Art Fair, the collection includes works by Forrest Bess, Frank Overton Colbert, Ida Jones, John Roeder, James Washington, Jr., Dilmus Hall, George Morgan, Henry Speller, George Ohr, Eugene Andolsek, Henry Ray Clark and others.

http://www.stevenspowers.com/oaf+insider+outsider.html #.WlN16yPMyQ5

11/28/2017
A new collection: SMALL FACES UNBOUNDOUTSIDER ART FAIR: NEW YORK, JANUARY 19-22, 2017Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th S...
01/11/2017

A new collection: SMALL FACES UNBOUND
OUTSIDER ART FAIR: NEW YORK, JANUARY 19-22, 2017
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

The title of this collection comes from the lyric in, The Byrds’ song, “Eight Miles High.” This ripe phrase evokes a range of fantastic imagery; uninhibited children, tiny heads, unencumbered puppets and marvelous dismemberment to name a few things that popped into my head.

A collection of exceptional Outsider & American Folk Art assembled for exhibition and sale at The Outsider Art Fair: New York.

01/09/2017

Steven S. Powers - American Art & Americana will exhibit works by George Eugene Morgan and other American folk painters and sculptors at . A former factory worker from Maine, Morgan did not begin painting until he was in his early nineties living in a rest home. His paintings garnered immediate attention, and since his death in 1969 he remains known for his "map-like," bird's eye views of Maine attractions such as this "Railroad Station, Gardiner ME"

[Or if VIDEO is preferred] IT IS ONLINE!!!!SMALL FACES UNBOUNDhttp://www.stevenspowers.com/small+faces+unbound.htmlOUTSI...
01/06/2017

[Or if VIDEO is preferred]
IT IS ONLINE!!!!
SMALL FACES UNBOUND
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OUTSIDER ART FAIR: NEW YORK, JANUARY 19-22, 2017
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

The title of this collection comes from the lyric in, The Byrds’ song, “Eight Miles High.” This ripe phrase evokes a range of fantastic imagery; uninhibited children, tiny heads, unencumbered puppets and marvelous dismemberment to name a few things that popped into my head.

IT IS ONLINE!!!!SMALL FACES UNBOUNDhttp://www.stevenspowers.com/small+faces+unbound.htmlOUTSIDER ART FAIR: NEW YORK, JAN...
01/06/2017

IT IS ONLINE!!!!
SMALL FACES UNBOUND
http://www.stevenspowers.com/small+faces+unbound.html

OUTSIDER ART FAIR: NEW YORK, JANUARY 19-22, 2017
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

The title of this collection comes from the lyric in, The Byrds’ song, “Eight Miles High.” This ripe phrase evokes a range of fantastic imagery; uninhibited children, tiny heads, unencumbered puppets and marvelous dismemberment to name a few things that popped into my head.

Treen Thursday: Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands (Iroquois) Ash Burl Bowl / Circa: 1800 / 13 1/2" (l) x 12 1/8" (w) x 6 1/4...
07/21/2016

Treen Thursday: Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands (Iroquois) Ash Burl Bowl / Circa: 1800 / 13 1/2" (l) x 12 1/8" (w) x 6 1/4" (h)

Coming with us to Antiques in Manchester The Collectors Fair, August 10-11. See this and other great objects in our latest catalogue, MAN • BEAST • SPIRIT • WOMAN.
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An exceptional example of a compact, well proportioned double handled Woodlands bowl. The bowl maintains a beautiful, nutty brown, surface and patina—burnished on the high-points and handles. The handles are masterfully resolved with smooth chamfered edges.

One more marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, Apri...
04/11/2016

One more marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17— presented as an animated GIF...here is Loincloth Larry....
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Loincloth Larry
Wood, leather
Circa: 1920
Size: 10 3/8" (h)
Provenance: Marvill Collection

Yet another marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, A...
04/08/2016

Yet another marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17 is this striking and mysterious folk art doll of a girl with four arms. See this masterpiece and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html
Mysterious Four Armed Girl Folk Art Doll
Carved wood & polychrome
Circa: 1880
Size: 9" (h) x 4" (w) x 2 3/4" (d)
Provenance: Marvill Collection
Illustrated and discussed in American
Vernacular, page 126.

Another marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April...
04/07/2016

Another marvel from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17 is this stunning reverse painting on glass folk art still life. See this masterpiece and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html
Still Life with Fruits & Flowers
Reverse painting on glass
Circa: 1860
Size: 18 1/8" (h) x 24 1/8" (w)
Provenance: Phyllis Rosner & Judy Lenett;
Marvill Collection

We have a number of works from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art ...
04/06/2016

We have a number of works from The Marvill Collection of Folk Art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17. See these rare iron folk art figures and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html
The Pipefitters
Forged and welded iron
Ohio | Circa: 1930
Size: (left) 9 1/2" (h) | (right) 10" (h)
Provenance: America Hurrah; Marvill Collection
Illustrated and discussed in American Vernacular, page 132.

We have a number of unusual and exciting works of art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April ...
04/05/2016

We have a number of unusual and exciting works of art coming with us to the The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17. See these wonderful carved mahogany women and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html

(above) Limber & Nothing to Hide
Carved mahogany, nickel plated bronze
Circa: 1960’s
Size:  5" (d)

(below) The Three Mystics
Carved mahogany, nickel plated bronze
Circa: 1960’s
Size:  4" (d)

We are pleased to have the work of Pennsylvania painter, John David Wissler with us at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art S...
04/04/2016

We are pleased to have the work of Pennsylvania painter, John David Wissler with us at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17. See Wissler's and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html

We are pleased to have three remarkable works by Joseph Roth, a schizophrenic patient at the Central Islip Psychiatric C...
04/03/2016

We are pleased to have three remarkable works by Joseph Roth, a schizophrenic patient at the Central Islip Psychiatric Center, NY, 1905 with us at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17. See Roth's and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html

At least eleven works by Roth have been identified, ranging in date from 1905-1921. The earlier ones while he was in Central Islip and then later when he was a patient at the Binghamton State Hospital. Roth and these works are an important addition to the canon and study of American Outsider Art.

They are written in broken English and German, without punctuation and only in capital letters. Some are highly illustrative, while others, like the examples herein are more focused on the written word.

As of now, I have not been able to identify Roth, however it can be inferred that he was likely a German immigrant and that he was institutionalized for schizophrenia and having a “messiah complex.” On four embroideries Roth declares that he is the, “World Erloser” which translates from German as “savior or redeemer.”
In trying to find Joseph Roth, I found that the New York Times and other papers reported in May of 1902 that a “Joseph Roth” a butler, was wanted for check fraud. It may be a coincidence, but on several occasions Roth mentions money and the Homer Lee Banknote Company. Given these interests, artistic talent and his unstable mind, the fraud may be tied to this Joseph Roth.
At the turn of the 19thC and into the 20thC, institutions began using arts and crafts as occupational therapies—embroidery was one such craft. In thinking of the patience required for such involved and ambitious works, one can see how embroidery would slow down ones racing thoughts. One cannot frenetically scribble their mad rambling words—the deliberate action of threading the needle, pushing it through the obverse and reverse, step and repeat, forces one to consider their thoughts at a more manageable pace.

It is during this time that we see embroideries and other
artistic creations documented in Europe—most famously by Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, a German psychiatrist and art scholar. Because of the materials used, Roth’s work draws comparison to the work of Lorina Bulwer (1838–1912) who was a British needleworker and a patient at the Great Yarmouth Workhouse. Bulwer created embroideries with illustrations and copy also written all in capital letters and without punctuation to express her anger at her situation. Agnes Richter (1844-1918) a patient in a German insane asylum obsessively embroidered her straight jacket. Roth’s work also conjures up the colorful and obsessive drawings of Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) of the Waldau Clinic in Bern, Switzerland, as well as James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908-1987) who was in State House #3 in Missouri.

The textile on the left is the earliest recorded and dates from August 27, 1905. It is entitled, the “REPORT.” It begins with name of Dr. West (who Roth refers to several times) and lists a number of vocations; Brikleker (bricklayers), Stonemeson (stonemason), Sourbuilthers (sewer builders), etc. Roth then declares that he wants to go into NYC with Dr. West to the Homer Lee Banknote Company. It ends by Roth stating that he wants to see President Roosevelt in Washington [about] “the gold and silver money mashinry [sic].” And signs the textile, “Joseph Roth = World Erloser (world savior).” Note that not only does he refer to himself as the redeemer; he decidedly uses the equals (=) sign!
As mentioned above Roth appears obsessed with money—note the composition of the following two large textiles—they are composed as bills, banknotes or bonds with a central
illustrative devise flanked by copy.

The embroidery above right is quite rich and complex. Dated
September 10, 1905 (less than two weeks after the “Report.”) it begins, as one would start a letter, “Dear Father, first of all, heart felt greetings to you. I am longingly waiting for my freedom.” Was he committed against his will? Was there an incident? Roth continues recalling an event of May 18 and his “heathen” doctor and how he saw his bride, whom he did not recognize. Roth again mentions President Roosevelt and “the State House wherein lies millions of dollars of tax money from the War of 1866 [the Austro-Prussian War].”

Roth continues that he wishes to celebrate his wedding and hold his “first big sermon” on a trip around the world.
The center is headed with two American flags and a seal of New York along with eight portraits, four of which are identical (his bride). Others are the superintendent, Dr. Marcus B. Heyman (Heiman [sic]), his Mother, the ship’s captain and possibly a self-portrait.

The textile to the bottom right is dated, November 6, 1905 and as the above was a letter to his father, this one is a letter to his brother. “Dear brother, it is hard to be suffering for such a long time under the weeds, but as soon as I am free, I will be Lord and Master of the earth.”

Roth’s work is an important addition to American Outsider Art and his story is fascinating—and with more study and as more works are discovered or identified, the more fascinating his story will become.

We are pleased to have the work of Pennsylvania painter, William Kocher with us at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show,...
04/02/2016

We are pleased to have the work of Pennsylvania painter, William Kocher with us at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17. See Kocher's and additional works in our online catalog, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH.
http://www.stevenspowers.com/needle+knife+torch+brush.html

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04/01/2016

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Steven S. Powers presents, NEEDLE • KNIFE • TORCH [&] BRUSH, a collection of Outsider, Folk Art and good ol' Americana assembled for exhibition and sale at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17.

Featuring the works of Joseph Roth, a schizophrenic patient at the Central Islip Psychiatric Center, NY, 1905. In addition to these exciting works, we have a number of works from the esteemed Marvill collection of American Folk Art. We are also pleased to be bringing contemporary works by Pennsylvania painters, John David Wissler and William Kocher.

Powers will present this collection and other works at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17, 2016, The Navy Yard / Marine Parade Grounds, S. Broad St, and Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112

We have just updated our website with over thirty-five objects—ranging from a 16thC German Iron Serpent to a 21stC lands...
11/02/2015

We have just updated our website with over thirty-five objects—ranging from a 16thC German Iron Serpent to a 21stC landscape painting and everything in-between, including Colonial and Native American burl treen, 18thC American painted wall boxes, folk art carvings, signs and paintings and more. Browse here:
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Steve Powers is the country's leading specialist in Native American/Woodlands sculpture and a leading dealer in American folk art sculpture and paintings, American & English antiques, treen and snuffboxes. We exhibit at select fine art and antiques shows throughout the year.

Join us in NYC this weekend at the Armory Antiques Show. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue @ 26th St. Show Times: F...
01/21/2014

Join us in NYC this weekend at the Armory Antiques Show. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue @ 26th St. Show Times: Fri - Sat: 10a - 7p, Sun: 11a - 5p.

Sister Gertrude Morgan (New Orleans, 1900-1980).

Packing up for the Metro Show - Wednesday evening is preview. The ULTIMATE Folk Art pipe - A true patriot...aint she?Fol...
01/20/2013

Packing up for the Metro Show - Wednesday evening is preview. The ULTIMATE Folk Art pipe - A true patriot...aint she?

Folk Art Pipe with Great Seal and N**e Woman Holding Two American Flags
Found in Norwich, CT
Maple Burl
Circa: 1850
Size: 2 7/8" L

We are pleased to be exhibiting a group of works by noted Seattle, African American artist, James W. Washington, Jr. at ...
01/16/2013

We are pleased to be exhibiting a group of works by noted Seattle, African American artist, James W. Washington, Jr. at The Metro Show next week (Jan. 23-27).

James W. Washington, Jr. (1909-2000)
Bird Family
Stone, Wood
Dated: 1973
Size: 12 1/4" L x 8 1/8" D x 7 1/2" H

A large work of a mother bird protecting and feeding three nestlings under her wing. The solid black granite metaphorically reinforces the strength of the matriarch, while Washington’s sensitive carving conveys a certain intimacy and the fragility of life.

Exhibitions: Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, “The Spirit in the Stone: The Visionary Art of James W. Washington, Jr." March 10 - April 16, 1989.

A great Folk Art painting by NYC truck driver turned Primitivist painter, Emile Branchard coming with me to The Metro Sh...
01/15/2013

A great Folk Art painting by NYC truck driver turned Primitivist painter, Emile Branchard coming with me to The Metro Show.

Emile Branchard (New York, 1881-1938)
Oil on Artist Board
Circa: 1925

Moody landscape with inventive composition—denuded trees in the immediate foreground and an ascending tree line in the middle ground.

Branchard was a truck driver in NYC and after contracting tuberculosis began painting. After a successful showing at the "Society of Independent Artists Exhibition" of 1919, he gained a reputation as a leading primitivist of the 1920-1930's showing alongside Milton Avery, Henri Rousseau, Stuart Davis, Max Weber, the Zorach’s, and others.

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