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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/4/2011

The Electric Pencil: An Extraordinary New Discovery in Outsider Art

On the occasion of the Outsider Art Fair, opening Friday, February 11, Eve M. Kahn reports on the extraordinary discovery of a compelling new figure in today's New York Times. Works by the artist, reproduced from The Drawings of the Electric Pencil, are featured below, along with Ms. Kahn's review.
"Four years ago Harris Diamant, a sculptor and art dealer in New York, bought an album cobbled together from early-1900s invoices for services rendered. The service provider was a mental hospital in Nevada, Mo. The lined pages are stamped


"Four years ago Harris Diamant, a sculptor and art dealer in New York, bought an album cobbled together from early-1900s invoices for services rendered. The service provider was a mental hospital in Nevada, Mo. The lined pages are stamped 'Board of Patients Must Be Paid in Advance.'
The Electric Pencil
On about 140 sheets, an unidentified artist, probably a patient, drew eagles, saw blades, chairs, wide-eyed men and women, garden plans, circus menageries and railroad engines with headlights protruding on wires.
The Electric Pencil
One drawing has a misspelled title, 'ectlectrc pencil,' so Mr. Diamant hypothesizes that the artist called himself the 'Electric Pencil'. More than that he has not been able to determine, despite consultations with historians and a detective.
The Electric Pencil
The album had turned up in 1970 in a trash heap in Springfield, Mo. It was about to be broken up on eBay when Mr. Diamant bought it for an undisclosed sum. After futilely trying to persuade a museum or collector to keep it intact, Mr. Diamant will start selling the sheets for $12,000 each at the Outsider Art Fair next Friday through Feb. 13 in New York.
The Electric Pencil
Mr. Diamant has published a book, The Drawings of the Electric Pencil, and is still puzzling over them. Why is a chef named 'Thoes. Gingr. Snaps' and a man in a bowler hat labeled 'Went Democratic?' The artist hand-numbered the pages, but did he or she want them kept in order?
The Electric Pencil
'Perhaps there is a narrative,' Mr. Diamant said, 'but I can't read it.'"
The Electric Pencil
All images reproduced from the forthcoming collection, The Drawings of the Electric Pencil.
The Electric Pencil

The Drawings of the Electric Pencil

The Drawings of the Electric Pencil

ELECTRIC PENCIL PRESS
Hbk, 12.5 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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