Friday 1 March 2019

"Outliers and American Vanguard Art" at Lacma, Los Angeles

Type 42 (Anonymous), Ava Gardner, mixed media on photography, 1960s-1970s, 8,3 x 10,8 cm

Type 42, Morton Bartlett and Eugene von Bruenchenhein are part of the show "Outliers and American Vanguard Art", curated by Lynne Cooke at LACMA, Los Angeles until March 17, after it was shown in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in 2018.

LACMA hosts the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art, the first major exhibition to explore key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists and outliers intersected, and how their interchanges ushered in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. The first part of the exhibition illustrates how the early history of American modernism, especially the first years of the Museum of Modern Art, championed folk art and self-taught artists before the ascendance of abstract expressionism. The second section begins in the late 1960s when artists affiliated with the Chicago Imagists and West Coast assemblage practices became the leading advocates for outliers and visionary artists. The third section shows the continued impact of outlier practices on contemporary art.

The exhibition features over 250 works in a range of media by more than 80 self-taught and trained artists such as Henry Darger, Sam Doyle, William Edmondson, Lonnie Holley, Greer Lankton, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Matt Mullican, Horace Pippin, Martín Ramírez, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Charles Sheeler, Cindy Sherman, Bill Traylor, and Kara Walker.

Read more on the homepage of Lacma.

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