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20120430180451-mg Self-tau(gh)tologies: complicating the criterion of outsider art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Henry Darger, Minnie Evans, Rosemarie Koczy, James Lloyd, Martín Ramírez, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Bill Traylor, Alfred Wallis, Scottie Wilson, Adolf Wölfli, Anna Zemankova, Domenico Zindato at Milwaukee Art Museum February 10th, 2012 - May 6th, 2012
Posted 4/30/12

Upon entering the exhibition I was immediately struck by the term self-taught on the blessedly brief wall text. I may have even paused to immediately consider adding this term to a lineage of others such as art brut, naïve art, primitive, folk, and the industry standard catch-all: outsider art. Self-taught remains nuanced as a broader definition than the others and a somewhat more productive term than the last. Where this identifier leaves the viewer is a space for the consideration of an art genre i... [more]

20101123190405-006--11 Ab/Fig   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Katherine Bradford, Bonnie Collura, Barnaby Furnas, Ellen Gallagher, Jeremy Kost, JJ Murphy, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Bill Traylor at William Shearburn Gallery November 19th, 2010 - January 15th, 2011
Posted 11/29/10

William Shearburn Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled, Ab/Fig, curated by Wendy Cooper. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, November 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and continue through January 15, 2011. As a child, Wendy Cooper accompanied her mother, a medieval art historian through museums to search for hidden clues and to identify the personal styles of artists who for almost a millennium painted nothing but religious iconography. Co... [more]

Dial_lady_with_rooster Life and Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Carlo, MILES CARPENTER, THONTON DIAL, Howard Finster, Gertrude Morgan, GEE'S BEND QUILTS, SIMON SPARROW, Charles Steffen, Edgar Tolson, Bill Traylor, JOSEPH YOAKUM at Russell Bowman Art Advisory July 17th, 2009 - August 22nd, 2009
Posted 8/10/09

      Personal histories and biographical information often add depth and interest to exhibitions.  Museums in particular are able to devote space, energy and research to providing historical and personal background information on both the artist as an individual, as well as the environment within which a particular artist is working. In the case of outsider art, where life and art are usually closely linked, there is a strong argument for the importance  of the biography of the artist as it ve... [more]

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