KATONAH, N.Y. -- William Louis-Dreyfus began collecting the works of Self-Taught artists in the 1970s with a drawing by Bill Traylor; some 40 years and 3,500 objects later his catalog will be on display at the Katonah Museum of Art.
Highlights from the art collection of the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation will be on display from July 19 through Oct. 11 at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah.
The exhibit entitled "Inside The Out: Five Self-Taught Artists" focuses on five artists -- James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Willie Young and Traylor – who eschewed formal training to embark on their separate journeys, resulting in astoundingly open and imaginative bodies of work.
"What attracts me to this work is its powerful artistic presence which emanates from the piece in spite of its 'untaught' origins,” said William Louis Dreyfus in a statement.
Louis-Dreyfus will donate a large group of artworks from his collection to the Foundation, for the future benefit of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit in New York City devoted to providing comprehensive, educational support to children, their families and neighborhoods from youth through to adulthood.
The “self-taught” genre has been described as one of the most complex and intriguing themes in modern and contemporary art – a concept that has been discussed, debated, and vetted from a wide variety of vantage points. The works in the exhibition do not possess a single style or preoccupation, but rather evidence the deep and profound expression of a personal vision that perseveres over the lifetimes of these artists.
“The exhibition will provide an eye-opening look into the depth and variety of five remarkable artists, each on his or her own path to create unique and timeless artworks,” says Darsie Alexander, Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art in a statement. “We are fortunate to have this wonderful collection right here in Westchester, where so many can now enjoy it in our galleries.”
The Katonah Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Members and children under the age of 12 enter free. More information is available at katonahmuseum.org .
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