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Susan Te Kahurangi King (New Zealand, b. 1951). Untitled, c. 2015. (Private collection, courtesy of the artist, Chris Byrne, Andrew Edlin Gallery, and Marlborough Contemporary, London and New York)

This pair of art shows couldn’t be more different, highlighting a New Zealand artist who hasn’t spoken in more than 50 years; and two Chicago artists who fight addiction with creativity.

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Pauline Simon (American, 1898-1976), “Untitled (woman with book),” 1968. Collection of Karl Wirsum and Lorri Gunn.

We visit the local gallery and museum that preserves and promotes unusual art made by unusual people.

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Stephen Warde Anderson (American, b. 1953). “The Jinni,” 1995. (Courtesy of private collection)

Weird and wonderful artwork created far outside the mainstream. We meet up with a most unusual painter from Rockford.

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Self-portraits by the late outsider artist, taken in photo booths which used to accompany Chicago's bus stations, are at the center of a new exhibition opening Friday at the Intuit Art Center in Noble Square.

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Courtesy: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Meet the self-taught Chicago artist who could make dazzling art out of anything he found. Known as Mr. Imagination, he turned bottlecaps, mirrors, and scraps of wood into delightfully original works of art.

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