2002-08-03 / Community

Robert Sarnoff’s ‘Outsider Art’

Robert Sarnoff’s ‘Outsider Art’

The term "Outsider Art" has become the label for artwork done by people who are not ‘schooled.’ Usually indigent, homeless, folks outside the mainstream, are closely identified with this naïve, primitive, raw approach.

Robert Sarnoff is the Art Director of a program serving the needs of thousands of New York City’s homeless men and women, many of whom are substance abusers.

Mr. Sarnoff, a long-time resident of The Rockaways, is one of the founding fathers of The Rockaway Artists Alliance and a Board Member of The Rockaway Music and Arts Council. His paintings are in the collection of Oleg Cassini, Eli Wallach, Arthur Ashe, Bill Talbert, Cleavon Little and many others. He was the Official Artist of The I Love New York Campaign, United Negro College Fund, and The Robert F. Kennedy Tennis Tournament. During the last seven years, he has come to know this homeless population up close and personal.

Mr. Sarnoff has curated An Art of Renewal Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Prints, Sculptures and Videos. These works are on display from through August 15 at the Cooper Union Great Hall Gallery, 7 Street and Third Avenue, New York City.

A giant diptych, symbolizing the Twin Towers, made up of collage elements and images, framed under Plexiglass, is very moving, as are photographs taken from Ground Zero. Masks, clay reliefs, video stills, and oil paintings are also on display.

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