Boffo, William Hawkins, American, 1895-1990
Last month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a new exhibition called Great and Mighty Things. The show features the work of twenty seven self-taught or “outsider” artists from the private collection of Philadelphia collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In the show are drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even a piece intended to channel the Earth’s electromagnetic energy for healing purposes.
This week on Art Uncovered I speak with Great and Mighty Things’ curator Ann Percy the work in her exhibition. We also talk about the term “outsider art” and discuss what it means to be an outsider artist. For example, what happens when an outsider artist becomes famous, designs an album cover for a mainstream rock band, or lands a show at the Museum of Modern Art. Can an outsider become an insider? According to Ann Percy, this question of where outsider art fits in relation mainstream art is an issue experts in the field are still trying to figure out.
Great and Mighty Things is on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through June 9th.
Quit Blowing Your Horn Down There. Don’t You See My Hands Are Full, #2,118, 1981. Howard Finster, American, 1916-2001
Runaway Goat Cart, c. 1939-42. Bill Traylor, American, c. 1853-1949
Assemblage with Painted Frame. Simon Sparrow, born West Africa, c. 1925; died America, 2000
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