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'Great and Mighty' show of outsider art in Philly

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2013 at 11:29 am •  Published: March 2, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is celebrating the contributions of artists who had no formal training and worked outside the boundaries of the art establishment.

More than 200 widely varied works in the Great and Mighty Things exhibit include paintings, drawings, sculptures and other objects made by 27 self-taught artists from 1930 to 2010.

All are owned by local collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, who have bequeathed to the museum the works they've collected for 30 years.

Outsider art is generally defined as work by self-taught artists who operated outside the mainstream art world. Many were unknown to the art world during their lifetime, lived in rural areas and worked with salvaged materials.

"Great and Mighty Things" will be on view through June 9.


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