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Share and Learn Field Trip with Andrew Edlin: Outsider Art and My Uncle Paul

November 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us to learn about a panoply of creative activities brought to you by members, friends, relatives, and neighbors. Learn about and enjoy something new! 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

This month we’re taking a field trip:

Speaker: Andrew Edlin
Title: Outsider Art and My Uncle Paul
Location: Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery, New York, NY
Gallery website:
Gallery phone: 212-206-9723

For those who would like to go together to the gallery:  Meet at the Ethical lobby at 4:10pm. We will walk to Columbus Circle and take the B subway to Broadway-Lafayette. The gallery is a 10 minute walk to 212 Bowery: exit subway and proceed east on 2nd Ave and south on Bowery. The gallery is just beyond the New Museum.

For those who can’t make it, host Carol Portlock will also be streaming the gallery on Zoom from her phone!

Click to join at start | Zoom ID 884 1105 5819 | Passcode 140176

About the Andrew Edlin Gallery

The Andrew Edlin Gallery was established in 2001 in a loft space in Chelsea with a program focused on outsider artists. Since that time, the gallery has participated in numerous art fairs including the Outsider Art Fair, Armory Show, Frieze, Art Forum Berlin, FIAC, Independent, Art Brussels and Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2010, Andrew Edlin’s satellite company, Wide Open Arts, acquired the Outsider Art Fair and has been its sole owner since that time.

About the Exhibit:

The truth is that if it hadn’t been for Paul Edlin (1931 – 2008), this gallery never would have existed. When I first saw his postage stamp art in 1996 at Gordon College in Massachusetts I was deeply moved by the shimmering effect the room full of mosaic collages had on me. At the age of 65, it was Uncle Paul’s first solo show. I knew he’d been making art for years but I didn’t realize that for the last 15 years he had been almost exclusively using stamps to compose his paintings. He chose the stamps from many nations for colors and visual texture. He sliced them into tiny pieces, which he used like mosaic tiles, gluing them on museum board until his compositions were finalized. His scenes of people and mythological figures, animals and objects suggest a mystical personal cosmology. His 16 x 20 inch collages could take as long as three months to complete, and he worked diligently every day, alone in his one-room New York apartment.

Uncle Paul’s art is, in a way, the soul of this gallery. I remember showing his work in the early days, around 2002, when a visitor from Eastern Europe came in and said something to the effect that “Anybody from anywhere can find a way to relate to this work.”

(Triptych above by Paul Edlin)

In addition to Paul Edlin’s stamp collages, we will see a new exhibit at the gallery:

By Anne McCoy

By Paulina Peavy

By Olga Spiegel


November 10, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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