Monday, May 08, 2006

Inner Words Outside

Inner Worlds Outside is at the Whitechapel Gallery until 25th June. Entry is £7.50 and £4.50 for concessions. It shows what is normally considered 'outsider' art alongside the work of 'inside' artists.

As the Whitechapel write-up tells us:

Outsider Artists have included psychiatric patients, criminal offenders, self-taught visionaries, mediums and other ‘eccentric’ individuals. Interest in Outsider Art has grown with the rise of psychiatry. Artists like Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, the Expressionists and Surrealists explored the psyche in search of autonomous creativity or childlike innocence, and turned to ‘outsiders’ for inspiration. However the way Outsider Art has been defined by biographical and psychological factors is now outmoded.Inner Worlds Outside now explodes the myths surrounding Outsiders, showing the parallels between Insider and Outsider Art, and the impact of unknown Outsiders on some of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

I haven't had a chance to see it yet but will report back when I have.

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