The inconceivably omniscient knowledge of George Widener’s calendars and the exalted and unbridled creativity both stun and interest scientists and art critics to the highest degree.
After a childhood marked by explosions of violence and anger, Widener, born in 1962, became first a technician for the US Air Force, then a painter in construction, and finally a regular at psychiatric institutions and homeless shelters. At the age of 32, it was discovered that he had Asperger’s Syndrome (or a high level of autism). If he is given a date, he knows the major events related to it by heart. His weakness: the sinking of the Titanic, which reappears as a leitmotif of his creation.
Presented at the exhibitions World Transformers at the Kunsthalle of Frankfurt in 2010 and The Alternative Guide to the Universe, organized by the Hayward Gallery in London in 2013 or at the Chalet Society - The Museum of Everything, boulevard Raspail in Paris in 2012-2013, his work already figures amongst the most important collections of art brut.
visionary architecture, lisbon architecture triennale, works of the treger saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from may 14th to june 15th, 2019.
souvenirs de voyage. la collection d'antoine de galbert, grenoble museum, from april 27th to july 28th, 2019.
l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, paris, from june 16th to october 28th, 2018.
the museum of everything, mona (museum of old and new art), berriedale, australia, from june 10th, 2017 to april 2sd, 2018.
the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, curator : antionia gaeta, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 29th to september 30th, 2017.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies. works from the treger saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from june 18th to february 28th, 2017.
sauver le monde, art et marges musée, brussels, belgium, from september 30th to january 29th, 2017.
the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, curator : antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 29th to september 30th, 2017.
architectures, collection de l'art brut, lausanne, switzerland, from november 13th, 2015 to april 17th, 2016.
élévations, hommage des collectionneurs bruno decharme & antoine de galbert à joseph ferdinand cheval, palais idéal du facteur cheval, hauterives, from april 30th to august 30th, 2015.
art brut live, dox centre for contemporary art, prague, czech republic, from march 27th to august 17th, 2015.
le bord des mondes, palais de tokyo, paris, from february 18th to may 17th, 2015.
art brut, abcd/bruno decharme collection, la maison rouge, paris, from october 17th, 2014 to january 18th, 2015.
le mur, works from the antoine de galbert collection, la maison rouge, paris, from june 14th to september 21th, 2014.
art brut : breaking the boundaries, works from the treger saint silvestre collection, curator : christian berst, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from june 1st, 2014 to september 11th, 2014.
véhicules, collection de l'art brut, lausanne, switzerland, from november 8th, 2013, to april 27th, 2014.
le lointain, christian berst art brut, paris, from january 28th to march 1st, 2014.
raw vision, 25 ans d'art brut, la halle saint pierre, paris, from september 18th, 2013 to august 22nd, 2014.
great and mighty things : outsider art from the jill and sheldon bonovitz collection, philadelphia museum of art, philadelia, united states, from march 3rd to june 9th, 2013.
the alternative guide to the universe, hayward gallery, london, united kingdom, from june 11th to august 26th, 2013.
george widener : secret universe IV, hamburger bahnhof - museum für gegenwart, berlin, germany, from january 25th june 25th, 2013.
the museum of everything / exhibition #1.1, chalet society, paris, from october 17th to december 16th, 2012.
world transformers : the art of outsiders, schirn kunsthalle, frankfurt, germany, from september 24th, 2010 to january 9th, 2011.
l'art brut, martine lusardy, citadelles & mazenod, paris, 2018.
art brut : la pulsion creativa al desnudo, graciela garcia, sans soleil ed., vitoria-gasteiz, 2018.
exhibition catalogue, l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, flammarion ed., paris, 2018.
revue multitudes, n°69, winter, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, maiadouro, maia, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, art brut live, DOX center for contemporary art, prague, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, le bord des mondes, palais de tokyo, paris, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, architectures, collection de l'art brut/5 continents ed., lausanne/milan, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, élévations, collections bruno decharme et antoine de galbert, hommage à joseph ferdinand cheval, palais idéal du facteur cheval, hauterives, (april, 30 – august, 30 2015), text by barbara safarova, lienart ed., 2015.
art brut, bruno decharme, barbara safarova, collection abcd/bruno decharme, flammarion, paris 2014.
exhibition catalogue, le mur - œuvres de la collection antoine de galbert, la maison rouge, paris, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, collection treger-saint silvestre, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2014.
la folie de l’art brut, roxana azimi, séguier, paris, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, le lointain, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, raw vision, 25 ans d'art brut, halle saint pierre ed., paris, 2014.
george widerner, udo kittelman, claudia dichter, secret universe, 4, berlin, 2013.
the alternative guide to the universe, ralph rugolf, hayward, london, 2013.
exhibition catalogue, vehicules, michel thévoz, anic zanzi, collection de l'art brut/5 continents ed., lausanne/milan, 2013.
fascicule de l'art brut n°23, collection de l'art brut, lausanne, november, 2011.
edward m. gomez, "on the border", art & antiques magazine, february, 2011.
roger cardinal, colin rhodes, the art of george widener, london, henry boxer gallery, 2009.
roger cardinal, "george widener : an obsession with dates and calendars", raw vision, n°51, 2005.
roberta smith, "untamed art from the fringers is a gust of bracing air", new york times, january 28th, 2005.
kelly boler, "geroge widerner's art for art's sake", rapid river magazine, vol. 7, n°10, 2004.
selective press review
- art and fiction: george widener’s time machine authors françoise stark-mornington in lacanian review online, april 10, 2019.
- galeristes une vision de la création authors alexia lanta maestrati in l'oeil, december 2018.
- L'art brut à contre courant authors Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee et Patrick Le Fur in Arts Magazine, September 2014.