The genre of self-taught art and its relationship to mainstream modern and contemporary art is a complex theme that has been widely discussed and debated. This exhibition brings together highlights from the extraordinary collection of William Louis-Dreyfus and features a focused look at the work of artists such as James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Taylor and Willie Young. These artists renounced formal training to embark on their separate journeys, resulting in astoundingly open and imaginative bodies of work. No single style or preoccupation ties their production together, but the visual impact of their work is thoroughly contemporary.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.