'The Hidden Art' Reveals 20th- and 21st-Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection

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  • February 21, 2017

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Sefolosha / Long Sleep
© 2017 by Visko Hatfield, courtesy of the Foundation to Promote Self Taught Art, Inc.

The artworks created by so-called outsider, art brut, and self-taught artists have fascinated viewers for decades. THE HIDDEN ART captures the evolution and growth of this art field, narrated through the outstanding collection that Audrey B. Heckler has meticulously assembled over the last 24 years. Organized into five sections—Masters, Art Brut and Self-Taught Artists in Europe, Southern American Self-Taught Favorites, American Classics, and 21st-Century Self-Taught Art Worldwide—this publication celebrates the individual contributions and legacy of self-taught artists with thoughtful essays by 32 renowned specialists of self-taught art, who represent the international scope and diversity underlying this collection.

Corbaz / Untitled (l'Amerique Stubborn President)
© 2017 by Visko Hatfield, courtesy of the Found...

Supported by the American Folk Art Museum since its founding in 1961, self-taught art has taken its rightful place in the pantheon of art history. THE HIDDEN ART includes the works of forty-eight exceptional artists—many whose names are now familiar to us—Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, Madge Gill, Morris Hirshfield, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Adolf Wölfli—and less familiar artists to be discovered in these pages.

In time for the book’s release, the American Folk Art Museum will be opening two exhibitions showcasing the works of two major self-taught artists contained in this volume: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible (1893–1979) and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974). Both exhibitions, curated by Dr. Rousseau, willrun from March 14 through August 20, 2017; they represent the first major monographic exhibitions inthe U.S. for these leading figures associated with art brut and self-taught art.

A book launch is scheduled for April 3, 2017, at the American Folk Art Museum, with Ms. Heckler and contributors to the book in attendance.

About the authors and the collection: Valérie Rousseau, PhD, is curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut,at the American Folk Art Museum. Jane Kallir is an author, curator, and co-director of New York’s Galerie St. Etienne. Anne-Imelda Radice, PhD, is executive director of the American Folk Art Museum. Audrey B. Heckler is a leading collector of works by self-taught artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the president of the Foundation to Promote Self Taught Art.

THE HIDDEN ART: 20th- and 21st-Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection

Written by Dr. Valérie Rousseau, with Jane Kallir, Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, and others

Hardcover / 8.5” x 10” / 272 pages / 205 color illustrations $50.00 U.S., $67.00 CAN, £40.20 U.K.

ISBN: 978-0-8478-5902-3 Skira Rizzoli in association with the American Folk Art Museum.

Cover of THE HIDDEN ART: 20th- and 21st-Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection. Written by Dr. Valérie Rousseau, with Jane Kallir, Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, and others

Release Date: March 2017

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