Outliers and American Vanguard Art - the exhibition catalogue from National Gallery of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

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'Accessible for most readers without extensive art history backgrounds, and for those looking to expand their understanding of American art and artists creating from the margins' - Library Journal

A well-produced book exploring the relationship between schooled and self-taught American artists

Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. The established art world has been quick to make clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time, it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits. This catalogue accompanying an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art considers works by schooled and self-taught creators in relation to each other and defined by historical circumstance.

The artworks in Outliers and American Vanguard Art come from three distinct periods when the intersections between mainstream and outlier artists were most dynamic and productive, ushering in exhibitions of art based on various degrees of co-existence, inclusion, and assimilation. Works by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican are set in conversation with a range of works by such self-taught artists as Horace Pippin, Janet Sobel, and Henry Darger.

  • Author: Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Hardcover: 448 pages | 450 colour plates
  • Date published: February 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0226522272
  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 26.4 cm

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