EDDIE ARNING

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Eddie Arning grew up on his father’s farm in Germania, Texas—about 50 miles northwest of Houston. His bouts of depression and anger eventually culminated in an attack against his strict Lutheran mother. He was briefly hospitalized following the incident. After being committed to a mental institution for the second time in 1934, he [...]

HENRY DARGER

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

For most of his life, Henry Darger was employed as a janitor in Catholic hospitals. Come night, he gave expression to a private, aggressively original imaginary world—working from his small rented room in Chicago’s North Side. Over a period of more than 50 years, Darger created a magnum opus consisting of a 15,000-page [...]

THORNTON DIAL

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Thornton Dial Sr. was born in Emelle, Alabama. He grew up in poverty and only attended school through the fourth grade. Lacking conventional toys, Dial and his siblings constructed playthings out of discarded items; a practice that influenced his later work as a sculptor. Dial worked for the Pullman Standard Company for 30 [...]

SAM DOYLE

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2017-09-23T19:54:42+00:00

Sam Doyle attended Penn School—founded in 1862 to teach skills to newly liberated slaves near the Sea Islands off South Carolina. It was during his years there that he first received encouragement for his art. Yet, he chose to remain on the island of his birth, St. Helena, and worked near the [...]

WILLIAM EDMONDSON

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

William Edmondson, son of freed slaves, was born in Davidson County, Tennessee. One of six children, he grew up in Nashville and went to work at 16 as a manual laborer, railroad man, farm hand, fireman, and hospital janitor. He never learned to read and write. In 1929 he received “a [...]

MARK STEVEN GREENFIELD

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Mark Steven Greenfield was born in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on with the complexities of the African American experience in contemporary society, often alluding to the process by which images are formed in the subconscious. Through his work, Greenfield explores the psychological dimension of African American stereotypes—as embodied in blackface minstrelsy and [...]

THE ARTISTS OF GUGGING

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Since 1981, The Gugging House of Artists (a colorful building approximately 12.4 miles north of Vienna, Austria) has housed and encouraged the creativity of artists whose drawings, paintings, photography, objects, and writings have made them world-famous. There are currently 12 residents at the House of Artists (six of them represented by Galerie Gugging) [...]

GÜNTHER SCHÜTZENHÖFER

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Günther Schützenhöfer was born in Mödling, Austria. As a six-year-old, he arrived at the former Gugging Clinic and spent his life in various care facilities until 1999, when aged 34, he moved into the Gugging House of Artists, where he produced his first drawings. Over the past 15 years, Schützenhöfer has developed a [...]

BILL TRAYLOR

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2016-12-29T19:52:45+00:00

Bill Traylor was born a slave on the Traylor plantation near Benton, Alabama. After emancipation, he worked there as a field hand until he left for Montgomery. Welfare records indicate that he may have been in Montgomery as early as 1936. During the 1940s, visitors of this black neighborhood would have been treated [...]