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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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"Bridging Two Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead"

curated by Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier

at the Fort Hamilton Gate House at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.

How do the dead find their way to the next life? Who directs them on their journey? And when they arrive, can they establish a connection to those left behind? Across time, and around the globe, people have imagined that the dead might live on in another, imperceptible world. The worlds of the living and of the dead, however distinct and distant they may be, could theoretically be bridged, through individuals such as psychopomps (from Greek, meaning a “guide of souls”) like Anubis, Azrael, or Hermes, or by performing rituals such as ancestor worship, sacrificial offerings, or prayer. In Buddhist and Taoist traditions, for example, Yu Lan (the “Hungry Ghost Festival”) is a celebratory homecoming for the souls of the departed. Families honor the dead through specially prepared meals and by burning paper replicas of money, cellphones, clothing, and other material possessions for their ancestors to enjoy in the afterlife.

Through artifacts, artworks, and ephemera, this exhibition explores how humans have endeavored to imagine a separate world for the dead and to express their own desires for bridging the divide. Objects on view were drawn from collectors in the greater Morbid Anatomy community and The Green-Wood Historic Fund Collections.

Wolfgang Grasse (1930 - 20080 "The Kingdom of Death" 1990

RECENT EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

"NOCTEM DIABOLI"

October 30 from 7pm to midnight.

Stephen Romano Gallery presents "NOCTEM DIABOLI" (Devil's Night), a one night exhibition event at The Living Gallery Outpost at 246 East 4th Street NYC October 30 from 7pm to midnight.

Stephen Romano was a presenter on Morbid Anatomy's program at 2018's NIGHTFALL event October 19th and 20th at Green-Wood Cemetery's annual event. Stephen Romano presented a group of Guatemalan Shaman's Altar Objects.

"OPENING OF THE THIRD EYE"

presented by Stephen Romano

October 3 - 7 2018 The Living Gallery NYC - Opening of the Third Eye reception

Stephen Romano Gallery is please to announce a four person exhibition of the works of Natsumi Goldfish, Alexis Palmer Karl, Daniel Goncalves and Barry William Hale at the Living Gallery Outpost on the Lower East side in New York City. The exhibition's theme will be further asserted with the inclusion of historical and vernacular images and objects including works by Jacob Bohme, Karl Kohl, Burt Shonberg, Jack Edwards, Darcilio Lima, Wolfgang Grasse, William Mortensen, spirit photography, as well as unknown artists.

The premise of the exhibition is to unite four artists from different corners of the world, America, Japan, Australia and Portugal, who's thread of continuity is to make art that achieves for the artist and consequently for the viewer an enriched state of consciousness, or the opening of the third eye, the locus of occult power and wisdom in the forehead of a deity, especially the god Shiva. Each of these artists, as well as the included peripheral material, aspires to induce, through the medium of visual art, a state of affirmation to the seeker of a cosmic order that perpetuates a higher sense of the spiritual (or meta-physical) connectedness amongst us.

The Living Gallery Outpost is located at 246 East 4th Street New York NY 10009.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday October 3, 4 - 8pm, Thursday October 4, 2 - 10pm, Friday 5 - Sunday 7, 1 - 8 pm or by appointment at 646 709 4725.

Charles Dellschau included in "OUT OF THIS WORLD" curated by Larry Gagosian for Gagosian Gallery at Seattle Art Fair 2018

Charles Dellschau featured in Gagosian Gallery "Out Of This World" curated by Larry Gagosian
Charles Dellschau featured in Gagosian Gallery "Out Of This World" curated by Larry Gagosian
Charles Dellschau featured in Gagosian Gallery "Out Of This World" curated by Larry Gagosian

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RECENT EXHIBITIONS

WILLIAM MORTENSEN EXHIBITION AT DARK MOFO 2018 June 14 - June 25 2018

The art of William Mortensen will be featured at this year’s DARK MOFO festival in Tasmania as part of curator Brenden Walls’ INVISIBLE HOUSE exhibition at the Salamanca Arts Centre, 13 – 24 June 2018, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

The exhibition comprises of 30 works courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery, many of which will be exhibitited publicly for the first time ever, and were recently acquired from the estate of William Mortensen’s first wife Courtney Crawford, and have been hidden from the public for almost 90 years.

William Mortensen UNTITLED (Balphagor and the Lost Souls) circa 1926
William Mortensen The Old Hag and The Old Hag with Skull circa 1926
William Mortensen Study for La Chatte an Untitled circa 1926
William Mortensen Fay Wray with Masks circa 1926
William Mortensen "ISIS" circa 1924
William Mortensen "The Make Believe Lady" circa 1924
William Mortensen "A Tantric Priest" 1932
William Mortensen Untitled circa 1924

The art of Charles AA Dellschau (1830 - 1923) at the American Folk Art Museum

Courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery.

Through May 27 2018

"AFAM’s exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view, up close, some of the art brut and outsider art genres’ holiest grails, including works by the Swiss artists Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) and Aloïse Corbaz (1886–1964), the American Henry Darger (1892-1973), and Charles A. A. Dellschau (1830-1923)." Edward M. Gómez

MORBID ANATOMY: "The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth"

Through June 24, 2018 Saturdays and Sundays 12- 5

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY BROOKLYN NY

curated by Morbid Anatomy's Laetitia Barbier and Joanna Ebenstein at Greenwood Cemetery

Open to the public on weekends, April 1 - June 24, 2018, from 12 - 5.

Unknown Artist, probably from Freemason lodge, Father Time and the Goddess Rhea, circa 1900.
Olga Frobe Kapteyn, “Reincarnation” circa 1930.
Wolfgang Grasse "Merry Go Round" 1999
GEORGE PARKER 1860 from Glouchester England
March 8 - 11 2018 The Metropolitan Pavilion NYC

SCOPE ART FAIR PRESS RELEASE

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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

DARCILIO LIMA (1944 - 1991) WAS FEATURED AT THE MET Breuer COURTESY OF STEPHEN ROMANO GALLERY September 13, 2017–January 14, 2018.

DARCILIO LIMA AT MET MUSEUM

Darcilio Lima (1944 - 1991) will be at the The Met Breuer NYC courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery in the exhibition "Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980" September 13, 2017–January 14, 2018 Delirious times demand delirious art, or so this exhibition will propose.

Exhibition Overview

Darcilio Lima in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

DARCILIO LIMA AT REINA SOPHIA MUSEUM, MADRID.

Darcilio Lima was exhibited at Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid, courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery
The Art of Darcilio Lima (1944 - 1991) at the Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid for the exhibition "Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form" Curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. All works are courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery

WILLIAM MORTENSEN AT MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW

William Mortensen was EXHIBITED AT The Museum of old and new, tasmania, COURTESY OF The Museum of Everything
William Mortensen's "A pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft" at MOAN, Tasmania.

zeroequalstwo - WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S WITCHES MAKE IT TO AUSTRALIA FOR MID-WINTER MADDNESS @ MONA TASMANIA

courtesy of the magnificent The Museum of Everything

ALEXIS PALMER KARL AT PRATT INSTITUTE

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NEWS: NEW WEBSITE FEATURE "VERNACULAR, ESOTERIC AND ANONYMOUS WORKS"

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NEWS: new website feature "publications" Gallery Catalogs and resources

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NEWS: new website feature "ARCHIVE" previously sold and featured artworks.

Henry Darger

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NEWS: NEW WEBSITE FEATURE "PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS"

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Detail from exhibition "Magica Sexualis" October - December 2015

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Charles Dellschau (1830 - 1923) "Recollections" 1898

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NEWS: FEATURED PAST EXHIBITION "SAINT BOWIE" MARCH 2016

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FEATURED ARTWORK

A. FIORILLO (full name and dates unknown)

"ALLEGIANCE TO PROFIT" circa 1960's painted plaster

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A curated space for esoteric videos, sounds, films, art and images.

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Celebrating the Esoteric Spirit in Art featuring contributions by Decadence Darling, Barry William Hale and 5T1V

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