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Collecting Outsider Art 

When: Sat., May 27 2017
As part of its Art Bites 2017 series of Collecting Art Talks, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve hosts Collecting Outsider Art with Columbus collector Thomas Arlen Wagner from 1 to 3 p.m. today. Wagner will share his experience collecting outsider art for the past 30 years, as well as discussing the definition of outsider art, its history and how he began collecting it. To illustrate his talk, Wagner is bringing a dozen artworks, including drawings, paintings and works in wood, glass and steel from his personal collection. Pieces from Wagner’s collection have been loaned to institutions throughout the U.S., including the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the Folk Art Society of America, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago and the Halle Saint Pierre Museum in Paris. In 2013, more than 130 objects from Wagner’s collection (including 70 drawings and paintings) were used for Mark Beyer’s first in-depth retrospective at Ohio State University’s Urban Arts Space in Columbus. In June, Wagner is curating Outsider or Insider? Art!, an exhibition at the Mansfield Art Center, comprised of equal numbers of outsider and academically trained artists, including Cleveland artists Amy Casey, George Kocar, Scott Miller and Douglas Max Utter. (Usmani)


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