“Inner Worlds Outside”

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
July 25–October 1, 2006

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
April 26–July 2, 2006

CaixaForum Barcelona
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
January 26–April 2, 2006

Curated by Monica Kinley and Jon Thompson

Jean Dubuffet’s coinage “art brut” has an antiquated ring, and “outsider art” was a suspect term even before the oeuvre of Chicago janitor and Vivian Girls visionary Henry Darger became a posthumous blockbuster. Eschewing either designation, curators Thompson and Kinley (the latter is director of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection) organize their selection of 150 works thematically rather than according to the backgrounds of the artists. Dream-weavers Ensor, Guston, Klee, and Pollock share space with Darger, Michael the Cartographer, farm laborer J. B. Murray, and others under such rubrics as “Imaginary Landscapes,” “Fantastic Cities,” “Impossible Architecture,” “Desire and the Erotic Body,” and “Physiognomic Hauntings.”

Travels to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Apr. 26–July 2; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, July 25–Oct. 1.