Also termed outsider, naïve, or folk, self-taught artists have long been overlooked despite having played a significant role in the history of modernism, and having greatly influenced their vanguard artist contemporaries at the forefront.
"Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three periods over the last century when the intersection of self-taught artists with the mainstream has been at its most fertile. It is the first major exhibition to explore how those key moments, which coincided with periods of American social, political, and cultural upheaval, challenged or erased traditional hierarchies and probed prevailing assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture. Bringing together some 250 works in a range of media, the exhibition includes more than 80 schooled and unschooled artists and argues for a more diverse and inclusive representation in cultural institutions and cultural history." READ MORE ON THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART'S WEBSITE.
IMAGES (L to R): Jacob Lawrence, Sidewalk Drawings, 1943, Gouache on paper, 22.36 x 29.49 inches, Private Collection; Roger Brown, Contrail Crucifix, 1975, Oil on canvas, 61 x 48.5 inches, Private Collection; Rosie Lee Tompkins, Untitled, 1996, Textile, 88 x 146 inches, Collection of Eli Leon; Lorna Simpson, 1957-2009 Interior #3, 1957-2009, Photographs, 14 x 14 inches each, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Jim Nutt, Toot-Toot Woo-Woo, 1970, Mixed media on plexiglass, 26.5 x 30 inches, Elmhurst College Art Collection.