Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Where Outsiders Come in From the Cold

Where Outsiders Come in From the Cold (New York Times, January 8, 2009). "...By now the term outsider has become close to meaningless in its elasticity. It implies self-taught, which many insider artists are; it also means isolated, although these days younger outsiders are being influenced by previous generations. One of several new names at the fair is Timothy Wehrle, a 30-year-old artist from Iowa at the Cavin-Morris stand. It is impossible to imagine the teeming emphatically patterned compositions and hazy tones of his colored-pencil and graphite drawings without the antecedent of Adolf Wölfli’s rhythmic orchestrations. But Mr. Wehrle has given them a strongly figurative pulse and contemporary themes — the daily mayhem of the supermarket for example."


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