• March 23–August 2, 2019

Chicago: foyer d’art brut

Halle Saint Pierre

2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, France


Lee Godie (American, 1908-1994). Untitled (Female portrait, curly red hair flanked by striped vases), n.d. Paint and shellac on canvas, 26 x 42 in. (66.04 x 106.68 cm). Collection of Lolli Thurm

La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris presents Chicago: foyer d’art brut, or “Chicago: a home for outsider art,” an exhibition showcasing the work of 10 outsider artists—Henry Darger, William Dawson, Lee Godie, Mr. Imagination, Aldo Piacenza, Pauline Simon, Drossos Skyllas, Dr. Charles Smith, Wesley Willis, and Joseph Yoakum—who lived and worked in Chicago.

Overall, the exhibition highlights Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists by unearthing the common themes throughout the artists’ bodies of work in addition to the commingled histories of the curators, dealers, collectors, and appreciators who embraced outsider art genre in Chicago. 

The exhibition is curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart (independent curator) and Lisa Stone (Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and was originally presented at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art from June 29, 2018–February 10, 2019. It travels to Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, March 6– August 30, 2020) and Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, September 2020-March 2021).