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Nina Karasek (Joële)

1883-1952, AUSTRIA

KARASEK WAS A VIENNESE GENRE PAINTER WHO BECAME POSSESSED BY THE SPIRIT OF DUTCH MASTER, REMBRANDT VAN RIJN. FROM HER MID 40S ONWARDS, SHE DREW AND PAINTED ON BEHALF OF THE GREATS OF ART HISTORY: FROM LEONARDO DA VINCI TO FRANCISCO GOYA. AS HER EXTRAORDINARY OPUS EVOLVED, KARASEK ASSUMED THE NAME OF A PRIMORDIAL ALTER-EGO - JOËLE - TO AUTHOR A PRIVATE MYTHOLOGY, MADE ONLY MORE OBSCURE BY IMPENETRABLE NOTES SCRAWLED ON THE BACK OF EACH DRAWINGS.

THE MEDIUM’S MEDIUM: SPIRITUALIST ART PRACTICES FROM THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AND BEYOND
THE GALLERY OF EVERYTHING, LONDON, 29 SEPTEMBER - 24 NOVEMBER 2019

PLANTS OF THE SOUL: FLORAL FANTASIES BETWEEN SYMBOLISM AND OUTSIDER ART.
WILHELM HACK MUSEUM, LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY, 31 MARCH - 4 AUGUST 2019

FLYING HIGH: WOMEN ARTISTS OF ART BRUT
BANK AUSTRIA KUNSTFORUM, VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 15 FEBRUARY - 23 JUNE 2019

ALMA: MEDIUMS AND VISIONARIES
ES BALUARD MUSEUM, PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN, 15 FEBRUARY - 2 JUNE 2019

ENTRÉE DES MÉDIUMS: SPIRITISME ET ART D’HUGO À BRETON
LA MAISON DE VICTOR HUGO. PARIS, 18 OCTOBER 2012 - 20 JANUARY 2013

Pilar Bonet Julve, "Medium e visionarie: Clara Schuff, Nina Karasek e Julia Aguilar." Osservatorio Outsider Art, 18, 2019 (pp. 34–45)

Elmar R. Gruber, "Flying Higher: Mediumistische Künstlerinnen." In: Ingried Brugger, Hannah Rieger and Veronika Rudorfer (eds.), Flying High: Künstlerinnen der Art Brut. Heidelberg, Berlin: Kehrer, 2019 (pp. 232–235)

Roberto Roda, "Il simbolismo magico e muliebre di Nina Karasek." In: Roberto Roda (ed.), Eredità del simbolismo: Mitologie, etnografie, esoterismi. Exhibition catalogue. Mantova: Sometti, 2007 (pp. 250–59)