Willem Van Genk(1927-2005)-J.H Plokker. Willem was a Dutch painter and graphic artist, celebrated as one of the leading masters of Outsider Art. Throughout his life, he suffered from mental illnesses such as autism and schizophrenia
The American Art Brut creator Gregory L. Blackstock (b. 1946) is autistic. He reinterprets the universe in the dim light of his cluttered one-room dwelling place. With the shutters closed and the curtains drawn day and night, he withdraws into the silent seclusion of his at once living and working quarters.
Willem van Genk, “Untitled (Toblerone Trolley)” (c. 1980–2000), tin cans, cardboard, metal, paint, paper, and plastic 10 x 19 x 5 1/8 inches. Collection Foundation Willem van Genk, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (Photo: Guido Suykens, Ghent)
The first United States exhibition of Dutch artist Willem van Genk’s work at the American Folk Art Museum (September 10–November 30) offers a comic counterpoint to the recent Futurist show at the Guggenheim. Van Genk, a self-taught artist diagnosed with schizophrenia who died in 2005 at 78, was fascinated by transportation.
DAVID BRAILLON (1970) | TRANS-CEREAL C.T.C. | 2001 | In 1995 he found himself in the lock-up, and spent all day and sometimes his sleepless nights drawing. He uses pieces of graph paper, which he puts together as a frieze representing army helicopters, fighter jets, and people, but his favourite subject is trains. He stacks his trains in horizontal registers in the manner of a catalogue or inventory. Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
UNTITLED (TROLLEY)/ Willem van Genk, c. 1980–2000, tin cans, cardboard, metal, paint, paper, and plastic, 4 ½ x 26 ½ x 4 ¾ inches, Collection Foundation Willem van Genk, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, 210302182 Photo: Sam Fein