Judith Scott, Untitled, 2004, fiber and found objects, 28 × 15 × 27".

New York

“Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound”

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
October 24–March 29

Curated by Catherine J. Morris and Matthew Higgs

What’s called “outsider art” has informed modern art for over a century; Judith Scott’s story shows that its example remains powerful. Born with Down syndrome and then left deaf by a childhood illness, Scott spent most of her first forty years in institutions until she was rescued from them by her twin sister, Joyce, in 1986. Within a couple of years, Scott began to make art—works often taking the form of irregular multicolored bundles and poles, intricately constructed of yarn and found mixed materials and with surfaces recalling the wrapping techniques of artists such as Harmony Hammond and Salvatore Scarpitta. Scott’s work is both nourishing and strange, and this exhibition, of some sixty pieces made between 1987 and the artist’s death in 2005, is her first American survey show—our first chance to see her art in depth.