Outliers and American Vanguard Art
June 24–September 30, 2018
Mary Lee Bendolph (American, born 1935), Blocks and Strips, 2005, corduroy. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2017.33.
Folk, naïve, vernacular, visionary, outsider, self-taught—over the past century, a range of terms has emerged to describe artists who rose to prominence despite a lack of formal training. This major touring exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) examines the shifting identity of American self-taught artists and offers an unprecedented overview of their profound impact on the evolution of modern and contemporary art.
The exhibition features over 250 diverse works from the 1910s to the present by more than 80 trained and untrained artists. Together, the works reveal how artists on the margins have galvanized the mainstream art world to embrace difference and diversity across race, region, class, age, and gender.
Artists in the exhibition range from lesser-known painters including Morris Hirshfield to contemporary art stars such as Kara Walker. The exhibition will also feature works from the High’s distinguished collection of folk and self-taught art, including pieces by the Gee’s Bend quilter and abstract artist Mary Lee Bendolph and the visionary preacher and environment builder Howard Finster.
Divided into roughly three historical periods, Outliers is the first exhibition to establish how the mainstream art world has looked to self-taught artists for inspiration and innovation for more than 100 years.
Outliers and American Vanguard Art is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
This exhibition is made possible by
Premier Exhibition Series Partner
Exhibition Series Sponsors
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Ann and Tom Cousins, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund