PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme

March 4–April 22, 2022

Untitled 1 by Elke Tangeten Mitchell Gallery
Elke Tangeten (Belgian, 1968– ) Untitled, 2013. Embroidery on chromolithograph adhered to paper.

The abcd/Bruno Decharme Collection includes more than 3,500 pieces in a variety of media dating from the mid-19th century to the present day. This exhibition will feature 16 artists with representative works that provide a window into artists who exemplify the 1945 concept of art brut, the French term for “raw art” invented by Jean Dubuffet to describe art graffiti or naïve art created outside the academic tradition of fine art. Artists include Marcel Bascoulard, Mark Hogancamp, Ichiwo Sugino, Elke Tangeten, Melvin Way, and others.

This exhibition is organized by abcd/Bruno Decharme and the Mitchell Gallery.

Exhibition sponsorship is provided by PNC Bank with additional support by Laurie Salladin and Mark Baganz, and Cynthia Alderdice.

We thank the following for their continuous funding and support: Anne Arundel County, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the Helena Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Estate of Elizabeth Myers Mitchell, the Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, Members of the Mitchell Gallery, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, the John and Hilda Moore Fund, the Lillian Vanous Nutt Mitchell Gallery Endowment, and the Clare Eddy and Eugene V. Thaw Fine Arts Fund. Gifts-in-kind: Up.St.ART Annapolis.


Programs and Events

March 4: Online opening of exhibition

PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme

March 4–April 22: Online lecture, pre-recorded

“PHOTO | BRUT: Outsider Art from the Collection of Bruno Decharme” by exhibition curator John Verdi. Premiers March 4, available through April 22. This talk provides an introduction to select artists in the exhibition and provides some suggestions about the power of “outsider art” to shape our understanding of art in general.
Watch the PHOTO | BRUT online lecture

March 8: Panel Discussion, 5:30 p.m. ET, online

Rebecca Hoffberger
Rebecca Hoffberger

Join this panel of distinguished guests as they address the process, aesthetics, and traditions of art outside the academic tradition, in “Pictures from the Edge.”

  • American Visionary Art Museum Director Rebecca A. Hoffberger
  • Curator and Tutor Emeritus John Verdi
  • Cultural Historian Jennifer Donnelly (A96)
  • Interim Director of the Mitchell Gallery Lucinda Edinberg

View the recorded panel discussion on YouTube 

March 30: Art Express, 12:15–12:45 p.m. ET, online

Lunchtime tour with Interim Director Lucinda Edinberg.

April 6: Curator’s Lecture, 5:30 p.m. ET, online

John Verdi
John Verdi

Exhibition curator John Verdi will provide insights on visionary and outsider artists in his lecture “Art Without Irony.”

View the recorded lecture on YouTube 

April 13: Book Club, 1–2:30 p.m. ET

Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a discussion of Welcome to Marwencol by Mark Hogancamp and Chris Shellen, led by curator John Verdi. Free. Registration required. Contact the gallery for book purchase. Location to be announced.