Ted Willcox, Unitled (Pin-Ups), ca. 1940–60, tapestry, 21 1/4 x 45 5/8". From “Exhibition #3.”

“Exhibition #3”

The Museum of Everything

Ted Willcox, Unitled (Pin-Ups), ca. 1940–60, tapestry, 21 1/4 x 45 5/8". From “Exhibition #3.”

Rooms filled with works by outsider artists in the first exhibition at the Museum of Everything in 2009–10 made the institution’s mission clear: This was a place dedicated to the self-taught and the strange. “Exhibition #2” was a three-day display at Tate Modern in May 2010 of the work of more than 250 undiscovered and untrained artists who had responded to a national open call. “Exhibition #3”—which is on view at the Museum of Everything’s home base of Primrose Hill, London, and based almost entirely on the artist Sir Peter Blake’s personal collection of curiosities—also celebrates difference. Whereas “Exhibition #1” had focused on outsiders as creators, however, Blake’s exhibition looks on their works as spectacle. And instead of being a straightforward curatorial project, the show is a colossal installation—a grand journey through Blake’s thoroughly English mind.

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