The Gallery of Everything has long championed makers of every colour, class, race, gender and neurology. To coincide with Frieze Week, it now presents Wake Up, Wake Up: a curated exhibition of visual masterworks from the alternative canons of 20th and 21st century art.
Wake Up, Wake Up is an opportunity to discover some of the most significant and dynamic authors from the archives of the private and the vernacular: critical artists and makers, who continue to inspire their formally-trained peers, yet are rarely exhibited alongside them. Today, as the art world grapples with notions of inclusion and diversity, Wake Up, Wake Up celebrates a cultural equality at the heart of non-academic art, and the creators, fabricators and dreamers who make it so.
Wake Up, Wake Up features such names as: William Edmondson (1847-1951), the first African American to exhibit at MoMA; Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974), the Italian soldier whose language was converted to image; Judith Scott (1943-2005), the soft sculptor whose non-verbal practice and studio support are models for inclusion the world over; Adolf Wolfli (1864-1930), the Swiss myth-maker today considered as the first true hospital artist; and Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964) whose complex inner romance was transformed by a life of illustration and painting.