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Black Moses: The Art of Rev. Albert Wagner
On view through March 2023
Western Reserve Historical Society/Cleveland History Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Reverend Albert Wagner is a globally recognized artist and part of a movement called “visionary” or “outsider” art. Outsider art is art created by untrained artists who are driven to their work by obsession, or in Albert Wagner’s case, divine revelation.

It was on his 50th birthday that he experienced his divine revelation and reflected on his childhood dream to become an artist. Moving forward, God and art would change his life. Until his death on September 1, 2006 at age 83, he created over 3,000 paintings and sculptures. His work appears in private collections and museums throughout the world.

[Image courtesy Cleveland History Center]