The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Welcomes Great and Mighty Things, Featuring The Works Of Self-Taught Artists, Opening This Sunday, March 3

Due to a generous donation from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be presenting a collection featuring artwork created by 27 self-taught artists.

Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection is an exhibition that will enhance the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of outsider art.

The exhibition is comprised of works from 30 years of collecting. The pieces in the collection range in date from 1930-2010.

Many of the pieces in the collection are created from reclaimed wood, sheet metal, house paint, and stove soot – items that were readily available to the artists. The artwork created by the artists directly reflects their lifestyle, experiences and surroundings.

Works from William Edmondson, Martín Ramírez and Bill Traylor, three influential self-taught artists will be included in the collection.

Edmondson used a railroad spike for a chisel and carved tombstones outdoor stone decorations. Ramírez worked from a hospital for much of his life and created works of art from thick crayon or graphite lines and occasionally collaged pictures from magazines or books. Traylor created graphite drawings and paint drawings on cardboard, his late creations reflected African American life in Montgomery, Alabama.

The pieces in the exhibition vary immensely; check out self-taught sculptures, paintings, drawings and more.

Great and Mighty Things at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: March 3-June 9
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
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