Took a trip to Chalk Farm on Saturday to have a look at the Museum of Everything, a wide collection of outsider art from the last 60 years, and I can honestly say it is the best collection of anything I have ever seen and urge you to visit.
Yes you, prednisone medications we’ve not met but I’m sure we’d be friends, right?
The collection is housed in what used to be a recording studio and the location sits very well with the objects and images, small rooms linked by smaller corridors opening into a larger room, filled floor to ceiling with the most obsessive imagery I’ve ever seen. The collection is selected by artists, musicians and writers but don’t let that spoli it, you might like David Byrne.
Each curator has written a small text explaining their choices. Some of these are very annoying, some are better.
Nick Cave managed to get to the nub of it for me with the text ‘Louis Wain is my favourite painter ever’.
Fair enough eh?
There are some truly startling paintings, illustrations and installations on view here, the product of a persons obsessions and compulsions. This is not art made for the consideration by others, this is true art, made because the artist has no other choice but to get it out of their head. Highlights for me were the Aleksander P Lobanov collection and the Henry Darger panels, a twisted Norman Rockwell of adolescence and fear.
Get up there and see it, don’t think it’s going to be on for much longer.