Great & Mighty Things

  •  Great & Mighty Things
  •  Great & Mighty Things
  •  Great & Mighty Things
  •  Great & Mighty Things
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The  contemporary art world has been challenged and invigorated by outsider  art--works by self-taught practitioners who, by definition, have little  to do with mainstream art production, but are nonetheless actively  engaged with the visual culture of their time and place. This is  the first book to explore the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz,  one of the finest private collections of American outsider art.  Twenty-seven artists are included in the selection published here, among  them Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, William Edmondson, Howard Finster,  Sister Gertrude Morgan, Martín Ramírez, and Bill Traylor. The book  presents short biographies of the artists and essays by major scholars  that examine the work from both theoretical and historical perspectives,  with a particular focus on the relationship of contemporary art to  outsider art and how the latter has been critically appropriated into  postmodern discourse. Renowned artist Francesco Clemente's fascinating  essay places these so-called outsiders in the mystical tradition of  Jacob Boehme, Emanuel Swedenborg, and William Blake.

  • Authors: Cara Zimmerman, Francesco Clemente, Lynne Cooke, Joanne Cubbs, Bernard L. Herman and Colin Rhodes
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013
  • 269 pages
  • ISBN: 9780876332443
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