In exhibiting these works of 15 artists from the MMFA’s permanent collection, we celebrate both their creativity and innovation. These artists come to their work beyond the bounds of formal art training or traditional expectations of what art is supposed to be. Art : Invention features art made largely for the joy of making, for personal fulfillment. The works themselves are as distinctive as their makers and the materials from which they are made are just as varied.
Individually and collectively, these works and their artists vividly illustrate that there is virtually no limit to the human imagination, to what a creative mind can conceive as art.
Above: Mose Tolliver (American, about 1920-2006), Plant, about 1978-1980, acrylic on plywood, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, anonymous gift, 1990.4.8
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.