Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Nov 18, 2018 - Mar 18, 2019
James Castle’s work is featured in the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art. The exhibition was organized and first exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. followed by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will host this first major exhibition to explore key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists and outliers intersected, and how their interchanges ushered in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. The first section of the exhibition illustrates how the early history of American modernism, especially the first years of the Museum of Modern Art, championed folk art and self-taught artists before the ascendance of abstract expressionism. The second section begins in the late 1960s when artists affiliated with the Chicago Imagists and West Coast assemblage practices became the leading advocates for outliers and visionary artists. The third section shows the continued impact of outlier practices on contemporary art.
The exhibition features over 250 works in a range of media by more than 80 self-taught and trained artists such as Henry Darger, William Edmondson, Lonnie Holley, Greer Lankton, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Matt Mullican, Horace Pippin, Martín Ramírez, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Charles Sheeler, Cindy Sherman, Bill Traylor, and Kara Walker.