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Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self Taught Artist in America Key Images

Nearly one hundred years ago, artists without formal training “crashed the gates” of the elite art world, as the newspapers of their day put it. Their paintings of American life, as well as fantastical scenes derived from their imaginations, began appearing in major museums.

Featuring more than sixty works from leading collections across the country, Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America illuminates how artists including John Kane, Horace Pippin, and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses overcame class-, race-, and gender-based obstacles to enter the inner sanctums of the mainstream art world. These early “gatecrashers” defied life circumstances that limited their access to art training and, thus, redefined who could be an artist in America. In this key images PowerPoint, teachers can view many of the artworks that are part of this important exhibition.

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