County Museum To Host Jay Wehnert
COUNTY MUSEUM TO HOST JAY WEHNERT
Join the Brazoria County Historical Museum on Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. as it hosts author Jay Wehnert for his book Outsider Art in Texas: Lone Stars. Limited quantities of the book will be available for sale at the Museum during the event. Admission to the program is free. For more information, telephone (979) 864-1208 or visit the Museum’s website at www.bchm.org.
Jay Wehnert will discuss his book, Outsider Art in Texas, which takes readers on a visually stunning excursion through the lives and work of eleven “outsider artists” from Texas. Outsider artists are individuals who live and create art outside of the cultural and societal mainstream. These artists have little awareness in or connection to the art world or art history. One such artist is Richard Gordon Kendall, a homeless man in downtown Houston who created colorful drawings of downtown buildings. Another artist was Charles Dellschau, who spent his later years in Houston in his solitary room working in secret on some 12 volumes of books with artwork and drawings of flying machines. After Dellschau’s death, many of his creations were rescued from a pile of fire debris; today, his work is some of the most highly sought in the outsider art world. Like other outsider artists, both Kendall and Dellschau were driven by intense personal motivation with no expectation that their work would have an audience in the mainstream art world.