The artist George Widener has thousands of historical dates in his memory and more than a thousand census population statistics; George is also defined as a lightning calendar calculator.
His work can be found in many private and public outsider art collections, these include the ABCD Collection in Paris, The Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne (who have acquired five drawings for permanent display); The American Folk Art Museum, New York, The Museum of Everything in London, and The Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of drawings by Van Gogh.
Professor Roger Cardinal’s article ‘The Calendars of George Widener’ appeared in Raw Vision magazine (issue #51), when the New York Times art critic Roberta Smith proclaimed that the artist was ‘One of the Outsider Art Fair’s most significant recent discoveries…’ A film about Widener's life & work is now in production, Scott Ogden, the director (also director of 'Make'), expects this to be premiered in the fall of 2011.
This of course will follow on from Bruno Decharme's acclaimed documentary on the artist, which was released back in 2007.
George Widener's work was recently featured at the Schirn Kunsthalle exhibition 'World Transformers', alongside that of Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Judith Scott, August Walla and Schroder-Sonnenstern.A beautifully illustrated book published by the Henry Boxer Gallery 'The Art of George Widener' is now available for purchase online: here!
Also see 'A Conversation with George Widener'