Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Author: Lynne Cooke
Rating: 4.33
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 448
Hours of reading: 7.5 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 83,51 €

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Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. The established art world has been quick to make clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits. For a new exhibition launching at the National Gallery of Art, curator Lynne Cooke explores shifting conceptualizations of the American outlier across the twentieth century, drawing on the inherent sociality of the exhibition in her installation of these works. This companion catalog, Outliers and American Vanguard Art, offers a fantastic opportunity to consider works by schooled and self-taught creators in relation to each other and defined by historical circumstance. The art works in Outliers and American Vanguard Art come from three distinct periods when the intersections between mainstream and outlier artists were most dynamic and productive, ushering in exhibitions of art based on various degrees of co-existence, inclusion, and assimilation. Works by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican are set in conversation with a range of works by such self-taught artists as Horace Pippin, Janet Sobel, and Henry Darger. Cooke also examines a recent increase of radically expressive work that challenges what it means to be an outlier today. She reveals how these distinctions have been freighted with a particularly American point of view as she investigates our assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture. Outliers and American Vanguard Art is the most comprehensive show ever to examine outliers in dialogue with their established peers. It is sure to inspire vigorous conversation about how artists and the work they make are represented.




"Successfully counters the de facto segregation of self-taught and trained art. . . . Outliers commendably opens space for future projects that offer a frank evaluation and contestation of inequity. . . . Sharp essays by Douglas Crimp, Darby English, and Sorkin are especially illuminating. Lucid artist biographies and stellar reproductions will appeal to all."-- "CAA Reviews"

Lynne Cooke Biography

Lynne Cooke is an Australian-born art scholar. Since August 2014 she has been the Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Early life and education

Born in Geelong, Australia, Cooke received her B.A. from Melbourne University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Courtauld Institute, University of London.



The 1974 exhibition A Room of One’s Own: Three Women Artists, co-curated by Cooke, Kiffy Rubbo, and Janine Burke, helped initiate the Women's Art Movement in Melbourne. The following year, Rubbo commissioned Burke to curate the national touring exhibition Australian Women Artists 1840–1940.


From 1979 to 1989, Cooke was a Lecturer in the History of Art Department at University College London, and prior to her move to the United States and appointment as curator at the Dia Art Foundation (1991 to 2008), Cooke established herself during the mid-80s as a writer on contemporary artists of the period, including British sculptors Anish Kapoor and Bill Woodrow, and American artist Allan McCollum. During her years at Dia, she has worked to bring greater recognition to women artists who contributed to the minimalist period, organising exhibitions and publishing writings on Jo Baer, Louise Bourgeois, Bridget Riley, and Agnes Martin, among others, In addition to developing historical projects with artists of the established Dia collection, nearly all of whom are male and became prominent during the 1960s, she organised significant exhibitions aimed at introducing European artists of the 1980s to the American public, such as Rosemarie Trockel, Katharina Fritsch, Juan Muñoz, and Thomas Schütte. She was a co-curator of the Venice Biennale in 1986.


Cooke was a co-curator of the Carnegie International in 1991, and was artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney in 1996. From the mid-1990s forward, Cooke has organised a number of exhibitions of younger American women artists, including Jessica Stockholder, Ann Hamilton, and Roni Horn, and worked on several projects with male artists all born outside of the United States. In addition to her work at the Dia Center for the Arts, she has curated exhibitions at many galleries, including the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Whitechapel Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery, London; Third Eye Center, Glasgow; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Tamayo Museum, Mexico. In 2007, she co-curated Richard Serra's exhibition "Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years," at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cooke was the deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, (2008 to 2012). She was appointed Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, effective from 11 August 2014.

Other activities

She has taught and lectured regularly at the University College London, Syracuse University, Yale Universi ... Read full biography

Authors: Lynne Cooke
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780226522272
ISBN10: 022652227X
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Edition Statement: None
Illustrations: 450 color plates
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
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Pages: 448
Book Weight: 2856
Book Dimensions: 258x311x42
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Publication date: Feb. 20, 2018
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Publication City/Country: United States

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