This June David Lusk Gallery Nashville presents Outsider Artists: Bridging Communities, artworks by self-taught artists. The exhibition is guest-curated by John Jerit, a renowned collector of works by self-taught artists. The exhibition is a survey of the genre, with a wide mix of imagery and materials. Outsider Artists: Bridging Communities presents a comprehensive view into this important subset of contemporary American artwork.
The exhibition of works by artists commonly classified “Self-taught,” “Folk” or “Outsider” artists includes works by Mose Tolliver (1918-2006), Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007), Howard Finster (1916-2001), Purvis Young (1943-2010) and others. Rather than conveying individuality, Outsider artists typically depict a larger cultural identity associated with the shared values of a specific community. Commonly they use whatever materials are at hand in a manner that is often obsessive or compulsive. Often Outsider artists have very little formal education, especially not in art history or artistic practices.
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