John S. Dykes
American Visionary Art Museum
JULY 30, 2007
Speaking of Maryland... We just returned from a quick trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor area.... Plenty of fabulous crabcakes, of course - and a great visit toThe American Visionary Art Museum. Collections of art by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training - this place is a treasure! Works by Martin Ramirez, Mary Proctor, William Kurelek, James Harold Jennings, among many others. An incredibly interesting place to visit. Almost without exception, the bios of these artists are tragic, amazing, fascinating.... their art provides a peek into the inner voices of their souls... Here are a few from one of the brochures... Photos by Dan Meyers.
Daniel Higgs, Untitled
'Bulldog' by Isaac Smith
'City of Twin Peaks' by Bruce Bickford
The Gift shop could easily swallow up two hours of your day - complete with original paintings and handcrafts for sale...
'Susie & Sam', Jake McCord
Some important cultural items bought in the gift shop that will hopefully find their way into my own visionary works soon!