The Alternative Guide to the Universe

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Untitled (Praise Frisco at Night) (2006)

© Creative Growth Art Center. Courtesy Anne Collier and Matthew Higgs

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Untitled (Green Background) (1940s)

2013 Lewis B. Greenblatt, all rights reserved. Courtesy Lewis and Jean Greenblatt

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Untitled (c.1978)

© Liliane and Bertrand Kempf. Courtesy Liliane and Bertrand Kempf

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SFOs The Skyline People of Wholesome Encounters Of A New Science Fiction Future (2013)

© Creative Growth Art Center. Courtesy of Creative Growth Art Center

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Untitled (Bonnet) (1940s)

© 2013 Lewis B. Greenblatt, all rights reserved. Courtesy Lewis and Jean Greenblatt

The Hayward Gallery's summer exhibition presents the work of outsider artists – a largely self-taught selection of architects and artists, photographers and filmmakers, futurists and choreographers, healers and scientists – who reveal alternative ways of perceiving, describing and navigating the world around us. Featuring a range of contributors, from fringe physicists to the inventors of new language systems, the show departs from mainstream conventions and accepted ways of thinking, promoting instead highly eccentric paths of discovery and innovation.

 

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Jenny

Really loved this exhibition (and the Museum of Everything - Nek Chand which is showing upstairs at the gallery). I had not heard about any of the artists showing work in the Alternative Guide to the Universe before so all the work on show was completely new to me. Most of the work was really inspiring, a lot of it obsessional and the majority of the artists were men! I personally liked George Widener's fascinating calendars, Richard Greaves' intriguing buildings, Bodys Isek Kingelez's amazing models of fantasy cities and Marcel Storr's drawings of futuristic cities. Many of the artists have extremely poignant life stories. A thought provoking, and in some cases amusing and unusual, collection of work. Well worth a visit!