I can see something that you can’t see

A show of works by artists with autism

Even today, myths and prejudices about the phenomenon of autism abound. The artists affected by autism spectrum conditions are thought to include such great names as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí. This book presents creativity as the key to an alternative world view. It is a way of seeing things that is unconventional, by and large untouched by cultural conditioning and informed by powers of perception which are fundamentally different from ours. Serial works made up of innumerable chessboards, coding systems arranged in a grid, imaginary parallel worlds and fragmentary picture architectures are among the many works discussed. “Art by people with autism is rarely aimed at an audience and tends to be very close to the idea that more than anything else, art is an expression of the artist’s personality.” (Jan Hoet) This book is the first to bring together such a wide range of works by artists with autism. As such, it will help further the discovery of their creative potential and so prepare the ground for a new dialogue with them and for a more reflective approach to art and life.
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I can see something that you can’t see

April 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-428-4

23,00 × 29,00 cm

358 pages

413 colored and 44 b/w illustrations

Gatefold Brochure, bound, without dust jacket, without Schuber

Languages: German, English

by Maria Kaminski and Volker Elsen authors Sabiene Autsch, Jürgen Banzer, Beate Brieden, Roger Cardinal, Katharina Dietz, Volker Elsen, Sabine Feldwieser, Sarah Flade, Jan Hoet, Maria Kaminski, Daniel Niemann, Herbert Schwaab and Georg Theunissen

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „‚Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst.‘ Eine Werkschau von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern mit Autismus“, 29 May to 20 June 2010, documenta-Halle, Kassel.