Ricco/Maresca Gallery

Ricco/Maresca Gallery For 35+ years, Ricco/Maresca Gallery has specialized in Outsider, Self-Taught, Contemporary, and historically important American Vernacular Art.
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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

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

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OPENING TODAY (4-8pm):“No W here: Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, Toni Ross”This will be our first real opening reception...
06/03/2021

OPENING TODAY (4-8pm):
“No W here: Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, Toni Ross”
This will be our first real opening reception in over a year and in our new, expanded gallery space.
Also🍷 Please join us in welcoming Cavin-Morris Gallery to our building and floor, we are thrilled to have them as our neighbors. Visit their inaugural exhibition “Bosilj: Tales from Parallel Universes,” which will open in conjunction with “No W here” at Ricco/Maresca.
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In late 2019, a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, and Toni Ross met to discuss an exhibition concept that would highlight the influence of archeology in their individual practices. As a prompt, they agreed to each select an artifact from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collection and respond to it. In a serendipitous event, and to their astonishment, each artist separately chose the Navigational Chart (Rebbilib) from the Marshall Islands.
The title “No W here” is a wordplay coined by Greg Dvorak in his book Coral and Concrete (2018). In this exhibition each artist responds independently to the aesthetic and cultural significance of the navigational chart, ruminating on how the simplicity of its formal properties belies its deep complexity of communication and wayfinding.
Hope’s, Schmidt’s, and Ross’s lives and careers have overlapped for many years; over the past decade they have all had independent solo shows at Ricco/Maresca Gallery. For this project, to minimize their influence on each other, they confined themselves to their own studios—only sharing research and resources virtually.
“No W here” weaves the artists’ singular oeuvres into a cohesive visual narrative; the exhibition is one and indivisible, meant to be experienced in the simultaneity of three visions becoming one—literally and metaphorically. Inspired by the navigational chart, the resulting collective strives to create aesthetic experiences that facilitate recalibration and sense of place in this era of disequilibrium.
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#AliceHope #BastienneSchmidt #ToniRoss #art #contemporaryart #newwork #artcollective #sculpture #mixedmedia #neverseen #navigation #unchartedwaters #navigationchart #wayfinding #maps #patterns #serendipity #visuallanguage #timeandspace #timeandplace #markingtime #compass #destination #hereandnow #creativeprocess #collaboration #thefutureisnow #openingtoday #NoWhereRMG

OPENING TODAY (4-8pm):
“No W here: Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, Toni Ross”
This will be our first real opening reception in over a year and in our new, expanded gallery space.
Also🍷 Please join us in welcoming Cavin-Morris Gallery to our building and floor, we are thrilled to have them as our neighbors. Visit their inaugural exhibition “Bosilj: Tales from Parallel Universes,” which will open in conjunction with “No W here” at Ricco/Maresca.
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In late 2019, a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, and Toni Ross met to discuss an exhibition concept that would highlight the influence of archeology in their individual practices. As a prompt, they agreed to each select an artifact from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collection and respond to it. In a serendipitous event, and to their astonishment, each artist separately chose the Navigational Chart (Rebbilib) from the Marshall Islands.
The title “No W here” is a wordplay coined by Greg Dvorak in his book Coral and Concrete (2018). In this exhibition each artist responds independently to the aesthetic and cultural significance of the navigational chart, ruminating on how the simplicity of its formal properties belies its deep complexity of communication and wayfinding.
Hope’s, Schmidt’s, and Ross’s lives and careers have overlapped for many years; over the past decade they have all had independent solo shows at Ricco/Maresca Gallery. For this project, to minimize their influence on each other, they confined themselves to their own studios—only sharing research and resources virtually.
“No W here” weaves the artists’ singular oeuvres into a cohesive visual narrative; the exhibition is one and indivisible, meant to be experienced in the simultaneity of three visions becoming one—literally and metaphorically. Inspired by the navigational chart, the resulting collective strives to create aesthetic experiences that facilitate recalibration and sense of place in this era of disequilibrium.
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#AliceHope #BastienneSchmidt #ToniRoss #art #contemporaryart #newwork #artcollective #sculpture #mixedmedia #neverseen #navigation #unchartedwaters #navigationchart #wayfinding #maps #patterns #serendipity #visuallanguage #timeandspace #timeandplace #markingtime #compass #destination #hereandnow #creativeprocess #collaboration #thefutureisnow #openingtoday #NoWhereRMG

03/18/2021
Play: American Game Boards, 1880 - 1940

Join us today for the opening of “Play: American Game Boards, 1880 - 1940” (12-8pm).
Digital Preview 👉 https://www.riccomaresca.com/viewing-room/21-play-american-game-boards-1880-1940-in-person-and-online/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Aligning with Ricco/Maresca’s ongoing mission to promote the crossover of self-taught, outsider, and vernacular art into the modern and contemporary arenas, Play presents a collection of outstanding game boards made between the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Created as functional objects by unknown American artists, these examples of parcheesi, backgammon, halma, checkers, Chinese checkers, mills, and solitaire (among others) have transcended their original purpose and stand on their own as cousins of modern art.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This exhibition decontextualizes these works to highlight their concrete beauty—and their visual affinities with minimalism and geometric abstraction, which they often precede—but it also acknowledges the mystery and gravitas that they possess as objects that once participated in everyday life.

Opening tomorrow: “Leopold Strobl: ONE.” Featured in both Artnet and Artforum as a “must see.”ALL-DAY OPENING: Oct. 29, ...
10/28/2020

Opening tomorrow: “Leopold Strobl: ONE.” Featured in both Artnet and Artforum as a “must see.”
ALL-DAY OPENING: Oct. 29, 11am- 7pm (on view through January 9, 2021)
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“ONE” presents a selection of Strobl's most recent works—all produced between 2019 and 2020. This is the artist's second one-person exhibition after his debut at Ricco/Maresca in April of 2016. Digital preview: https://riccomaresca.viewingrooms.com/viewing-room/18-exhibition-preview/
From the exhibition’s press release:
“Strobl’s process is a seamless, multilayered appropriation and alteration of a photographic base. It starts with combing through the local newspapers for evocative images that will lend themselves to the transformation that is to come. Strobl then scissors these images out of their original context and backs them with clean drawing paper. We know the steps that follow and the simple materials utilized (graphite and colored pencils), but not in what order, or if there is one--as the artist doesn't speak of it or allow onlookers when he is working. Strobl’s compositions are generally encased in a drawn internal frame that is either very subtle (delicately enclosing each scene with rounded corners) or partially amorphous, covering large areas like a spill or a flood. Depending on the disposition of the underlying clip, he traces over certain outlines--topographic features, horizon lines, architectural details, winding perspectival lines--and if there are figurative elements that don’t fit into the artist’s vision, he encloses them in graphite, like an insect spinning a cocoon, or a minimalist reducing a representational image into a basic shape ... The artist is a perceptive colorist and imbues his world with shades green, grey, yellow, blue, and ivory white--blending and layering pigment onto large areas with an eye toward the existing texture and light in the underlying photograph--so that ultimately, we don’t know where the artist’s touch ends and the found image begins.”
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Closing today 🎪🧳 “C.T. McClusky: Circus Surreal” “Visual art tends to portray the circus as a tightly circumscribed micr...
10/24/2020

Closing today 🎪🧳
“C.T. McClusky: Circus Surreal”
“Visual art tends to portray the circus as a tightly circumscribed microcosm somewhat impervious to its surroundings; the place where misfits ran off to live adventurous, colorful lives, the portal through which spectators could escape to a more glamorous, intrepid dimension. McClusky captures this archetypal facet of the circus, but he also contextualizes it within a world in constant shift and confronts it with an increasingly fragmented individual experience. It is here, where this uniquely positioned artist and his wildly idiosyncratic practice meet a wider historical context, that this body of work becomes so powerful. We’ll never know what fire compelled this performer from the darkest corner of clown alley to create the oeuvre that is now his legacy, but his effort seems akin to Don Quixote’s impossible truth; the quest to comprehend one’s own experience as it navigates the threshold between fantasy and reality.”
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05/21/2020

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Join us this week at #TheArtShowNYC (February 27 through March 1 at the Park Avenue Armory).As new members of Art Dealer...
02/27/2020

Join us this week at #TheArtShowNYC (February 27 through March 1 at the Park Avenue Armory).
As new members of Art Dealers Association of America we are participating with a historic one-person exhibition of work by the self-taught master Martín Ramírez, who produced some 500 works while confined at DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, CA. Our booth design echoes the artist’s fixation with architectural forms, particularly the Rothko-like arches, tunnels, and portals repeated ad infinitum throughout his body of work.
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Join us this week at #TheArtShowNYC, organized by @The_ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory (67th St) between February 27 and ...
02/26/2020

Join us this week at #TheArtShowNYC, organized by @The_ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory (67th St) between February 27 and March 1. With a gala preview tonight.
Ricco/Maresca Gallery (booth A11) will present a historic one-person booth of work by the self-taught master Martín Ramírez, who produced some 500 works while confined at DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, CA. His rhythmic drawings and collages cross over seamlessly into the modern/contemporary arenas.This presentation will include works depicting Ramírez's iconic images of arches, trains, tunnels, and caballeros--all motifs that were honored with 5 USPS® Forever Stamps in 2015.
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Via Artforum"Massey's compositions typically portray mul­tiple human figures simply rendered and given rudimentary, ofte...
12/09/2019
Jeffrey Kastner on Joe Massey

Via Artforum
"Massey's compositions typically portray mul­tiple human figures simply rendered and given rudimentary, often vaguely quizzical faces. His cast of characters 'speak' to one another or to the viewer via bits of expository dialogue that take over the empty spaces of the compositions. They are frequently accompanied by crea­tures from a fantastical bestiary that creep along the margins. A dime­store reading of this vicious fauna might suggest an analogue to the deprivations and transgressions of Massey's own life. Yet even with the needlelike fangs that line their gaping maws, they read as much as shy and even gentle companions as they do menacing antagonists."
—Jeffrey Kastner

Ricco/Maresca Gallery's cover photo
12/09/2019

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Via Hyperallergic |  By Edward M. Gómez"The Next Big Thing, which may well be the Real Thing, too, could be a recently s...
10/16/2019
Are Joe Massey’s Prison Drawings the Next Big Thing?

Via Hyperallergic | By Edward M. Gómez
"The Next Big Thing, which may well be the Real Thing, too, could be a recently surfaced cache of ink-on-paper drawings made by Joe Massey, a self-taught African American artist who spent the latter part of his life in jail. His unusual, vivacious creations are now being shown, through October 19, in Shut Up: Joe Massey’s Messages from Prison, at Ricco/Maresca Gallery.
This presentation kicks off the current New York exhibition season with an unmistakable reminder that, sometimes, less really is more, for there is no stopping the expressive power of a skilled draftsman with little more than a nib pen, a bottle of ink, and a deep well of imagination."
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09/10/2019

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Opening tonight at Demisch Danant (30 W 12th St, 6 - 8pm): “JAZZ,” in collaboration with Ricco/Maresca. Inspired by the ...
09/10/2019

Opening tonight at Demisch Danant (30 W 12th St, 6 - 8pm): “JAZZ,” in collaboration with Ricco/Maresca. Inspired by the melodies and spirit of the 1950s in Paris, this exhibition highlights the unexplored affinities between William Hawkins’s paintings of architecture and cityscapes and French design of the 1950s. While the works on view derive from very different places of origin and eras of creation, and reside within the discrete categories of fine art and design, they are provocatively connected by the influence of postwar musical innovation and improvisation.
Pictured:
•William Hawkins. Interior with Arched Windows, 1989. Enamel on masonite. 48” x 56”
•André Renou & Jean-Pierre Génisset Pair of Armchairs, 1951. Molded plywood, oak veneer, fabric. 25.59” x 24.61” x 21.65” | Seat height: 14.6” (Edition La Crémaillère)
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Soon on view at Demisch Danant (30 W 12th St) in collaboration with Ricco/Maresca: “JAZZ,” highlighting the unrecognized...
09/10/2019

Soon on view at Demisch Danant (30 W 12th St) in collaboration with Ricco/Maresca: “JAZZ,” highlighting the unrecognized affinities between French 1950s design and William Hawkins’s paintings of architecture and cityscapes.
Pictured:
•William Hawkins. Arched Park with Nationwide No. 3, 1989. Enamel on masonite. 48” x 48”
•Geneviève Dangles and Christian Defrance. Desk, 1958. Nickel plated steel, elm, Formica. 29.53” x 68.11” x 33.46” (Unique work)
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“JAZZ,” in collaboration with Demisch Danant opens Sept. 12 (6 - 8pm) at 30 W 12th St.Freed from its former Napoleonic m...
09/07/2019

“JAZZ,” in collaboration with Demisch Danant opens Sept. 12 (6 - 8pm) at 30 W 12th St.
Freed from its former Napoleonic mindset and the traumas of World War II, Paris in the 1950s saw young French designers reviving modernism and promoting a forward-looking lifestyle with furniture and architectural designs for a new postwar era. At the time, African American musicians were blazing a triumphant return to Paris, picking up where their 1920s predecessors had left off. In Columbus, Ohio, William Hawkins (1895–1990) integrated a jazz sensibility into his creative process. The artist was functionally illiterate and completely self-taught; unaware of the rules of academic art practice, he was not constrained by them. His modus operandi was as improvisational, fluid, and completely instinctual.
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•William Hawkins. What’s it Worth?, 1987. Enamel on masonite. 48” x 57”
•Michel Mortier. SF 103 Triennale Chair, 1960. Chromed metal, wood, foam, fabric. 38.19” x 31.1” x 32.28” | Seat height: 17.7” (Edition Steiner)
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Ricco/Maresca is pleased to announce “JAZZ,” in collaboration with @DemischDanant. Inspired by the melodies and spirit o...
09/07/2019

Ricco/Maresca is pleased to announce “JAZZ,” in collaboration with @DemischDanant. Inspired by the melodies and spirit of the 1950s in Paris, this exhibition highlights the unexplored affinities between William Hawkins’s paintings of architecture and cityscapes and French design of the 1950s. While the works on view derive from very different places of origin and eras of creation, and reside within the discrete categories of fine art and design, they are provocatively connected by the influence of postwar musical innovation and improvisation.
Opening on Sept. 10 (6 - 8pm) at Demisch Danant: 30 W 12th St
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•William Hawkins. OLD TOWN SQUARE No. 3, 1987. Enamel on masonite. 48” x 56.5”
•Étienne Fermigier. Desk, 1957. Aluminum structure, teak, glass top. 29.13” x 74.8” x 39.37” (Edition Meubles et Fonction)
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