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Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


This exhibition explores how several important avant-garde movements, spanning the 20th century, have influenced America’s art-world ‘outliers’ – self-trained artists, whose work has often been overlooked in histories of modern art. It explores how folk art was championed in the early years of the century, before looking at the impact of Chicago Imagism and West Coast assemblage, and ends with a look at contemporary artists. Around 250 works are on show, ranging from painting to photography, by artists including Henry Darger, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Matt Mullican. Find out more about the ‘Outliers’ exhibition from LACMA’s website.

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Self-Portrait, John Kane

Self-Portrait (1929), John Kane. Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art/licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

Adelard of the Drowned, Master of the ‘Phantom’, Marsden Hartley

Adelard of the Drowned, Master of the ‘Phantom’ (c. 1938–39), Marsden Hartley. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Sidewalk Drawings, Jacob Lawrence

Sidewalk Drawings (1943), Jacob Lawrence.

Rose Rock, Barbara Rossi

Rose Rock (1972), Barbara Rossi.

The Boneheaded Serpent at the Cross (It Wasn’t Luck), Lonnie Holley

The Boneheaded Serpent at the Cross (It Wasn’t Luck) (1996), Lonnie Holley. Photo: Stephen Pitkin; © Lonnie Holley/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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