tagged: outsider art

Lee Godie's Photo Booth Portraits Show Moments of Self-Invention from a Life Lived in Public

by Mara Goldwyn
Lee Godie, pronounced “go-DAY.” She was a French Impressionist; her portraits and still-lifes were “better than Cezanne.” Or so went the sales pitch from her habitual perch—and erstwhile studio—on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Living on the streets, sleeping in the park, sprawling out on the floors of local libraries to draw, using a supermarket as an informal bank, Ms. Godie has become one of the most recognized Chicago artists, perhaps because for a while she was part of the... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 3/31/16

Anything But Common: The Amassed Wonders of British Folk Art

by Marianne Templeton
begins with a disclaimer—customary for surveys of this sprawling, nebulous field—regarding the sheer breadth of ground to be covered, the impossibility of neat or comprehensive classifications, and even the inadequacy of the term "folk art" itself.  For exhibitions that draw together art and anthropology, this preliminary airing of curatorial anxieties—and simultaneous disavowal of rigid cataloguing systems—has almost become a ritual in itself. Hence, it seems a fitting start for a show that... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 7/31/14