Miroslav Tichý, Untitled, n.d.
“If you want to be famous, you have to do whatever you’re doing worse than anyone else in the whole world.”
That’s a Hippocratic-like oath according to Czech recluse Miroslav Tichý, whose art brut photographs come to light for this museum exhibition— the very first on these shores. The weathered, low-grade images date back to the communist ’50s and are focused, obsessively so, on women; at that, many were shot clandestinely using pieced-together cardboard cameras (a tattered handful are featured in this showcase). Precisely for this highly personal quality, each composition retains an undeniable if peculiar allure.
– Jason Jude Chan