Intuit reopens with a new exhibition on George Widener

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Intuit reopens with a new exhibition on George Widener
George Widener (American, b. 1962). Games 23, 2011. Ink and paint on joined paper, 49 x 56½ in. (124.5 x 143.5 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen. Photo by Stan Narten.

CHICAGO, IL.- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art reopened to the public on Friday, February 26, with a new exhibition featuring a breadth of work by George Widener.

Intuit announced the opening of a new exhibition: In Focus: George Widener Selections from the Collection of Victor F. Keen. Born in Covington, Ky., in 1962, George Widener displayed mathematical prowess and exceptional memory from an early age. After encountering his first wall calendar in 1968 at his grandmother's house, Widener began a lifelong fascination with dates, calendars and numbers, which he now transforms into complex visual imagery.

"George Widener is an exceptional living artist who blurs the boundary between outsider and contemporary art with his works that focus on numbers, dates, cities and codes. Although he has been exhibited and collected widely in outsider circles, he no longer considers himself an outsider, citing his awareness of the mainstream art world. Intuit is pleased to showcase Widener's remarkable works and to continue to explore the important questions of labels and classifications in the genre of outsider and self-taught art through our exhibitions and programs," said Debra Kerr, president and CEO.

The exhibition features selections of his drawings and notebooks from Intuit's collection and his large-scale multimedia works from the collection of Victor F. Keen, a prominent collector of Widener's work. In Focus exhibits a breadth of George Widener's oeuvre with works dating from 1999 to 2018 and is on view until May 9, 2021.

Intuit opened with the following adjusted hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Intuit will operate at a limited capacity, and the advanced purchase of timed-entry tickets and face coverings are required to enter. Beginning Monday, February 22, tickets will be available to reserve on the Intuit website via Tock or by phone at (312) 624-9487. The museum encourages admission by appointment for guests who are in an increased risk group, which includes older adults and people with underlying medical conditions; call (312)624-9487.

While guided and self-guided tours and in-person programs remain unavailable until further notice, Intuit supporters can stay involved by attending virtual events.

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