Almost 15 years after Robert A. Lewis decided to bequest his collection of modern-era outsider/folk and contemporary art to a museum, it finally makes its debut at one firmly committed to keeping it. And, befitting the evolution of popularity of outsider art, what a strange trip it has been for Lewis.
Isn’t It Great To Be An Artist? Insider/Outsider Art From the Robert A. Lewis Collection, features the outsider — also known as self-taught or visionary — folk artists like the Rev. Howard Finster (whose work has graced album covers by R.E.M. and Talking Heads), Mose Tolliver and Minnie Evans, who drew dream-like visions based on imagined communications with God. This represents a new area of collecting for Cincinnati.
There will also be work by more “traditional” contemporary artists like Roy De Forest and Roger Brown. It is all part of an approximately 500-piece collection that is part of Lewis’ bequest and is mostly already in storage here.
Tuesday-Sunday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Through April 26.