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‘Expressions Unbound’ exhibit celebrates American outsider art

September 28, 2018 | The Bay State Banner

Andrew and Linda Safran’s interest in American outsider art began with their acquisition of William L. Hawkins’ painting “Hippo” in 1989. It was the “simplicity and the vibrancy” of the large-scale image — a black hippo painted against a striking red background — that first appealed to them. It made them “feel happy without feeling compelled to search for hidden meaning and intent,” wrote Linda Safran via email.