Arient Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art on View at the Koehnline Museum of Art

Lee Godie / Prince Charming / 1980s / Paint and ballpoint pen on canvas / Courtesy Koehnline Museum of Art

Beginning May 5, 2011, works from Jim and Beth Arient’s extensive collection of outsider art will on view at the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, IL. “Arient Family Collection: Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century” will include 50 works by artists including William Dawson, Lee Godie, and Howard Finster.

The Arients have collected outsider art for more than 30 years, and the exhibition aims to show the range and breadth of their collecting practice. “Arient Family Collection” will reveal how the collection was formed, highlighting the books that influenced the Arients (including “Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists” by Bert Hemphill and Julia Weissman) as well as ways that the couple acquired art (directly from artists, rather than via dealers).

The exhibition will remain on view through August 18, 2011.

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