Self-taught Artist show at the American Folk Art Museum

“The work of 20th-century self-taught artists is often assumed to be solely representational in subject matter with an emphasis on storytelling and memory. Other assumptions are that the artists work in isolation, that they live in rural areas, and they are not connected to community or culture. As the field of self-taught artists and their work matures and expands, however, scholarship is beginning to dispute these stereotypes. Approaching Abstraction on view from October 6, 2009 through September 6, 2010, is the first exhibition to look at the concept of abstraction in this field, exploring the non-representational in the work of 40 contemporary self-taught artists…”