Raw creation: outsider art and beyond

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Phaidon Press Limited, Nov 7, 1996 - Art - 240 pages
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Primitive, folk, naive, self-taught, outsider--branding art made outside of the conventional artworld has become a tender task. What defines it? Who are its creators? No matter what you call it, there'sno denying the visceral appeal of raw creativity unbound by rules, class, or education. Long-overdueattention is finally being awarded to self-taught artists--so often marginalized by race, economics, andsocial structure--allowing them to carve a solid place for themselves and their work in the world of high art.Maizel's book examines the history, study, and appreciation of this century's self-taught art, from themaniacal drawings of asylum inmates to found-object sculptures made by street people to homessurrounded by monoliths or covered in mosaic. The book bills itself as an introduction to the topic, but it isin fact quite a comprehensive study. It is divided into three sections: part one explores early studies of thework of the insane, Dubuffet and Art Brut; part two chronicles folk art and self-taught artists around the world; and partthree delves into the world of visionary environments. The contemporary busyness of the design-smalltype, footnotes printed perpendicular to text, and seemingly random increases in font size can befrustrating, but plow through--the content is informative and inspirational.

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Many people are confused upon hearing the term "outsider art." After all how can anything be outsider art when the definition of art is so loosely defined? And yet, this complicated term is somewhat ... Read full review

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Maizels, editor of Raw Vision, the international magazine on outsider and self-taught art, details the history of this art and its still developing recognition. He also discusses the theories and ... Read full review


Contents Preface C acknowledgements
On the edge of the outside 8 Contemporary folk art in the US
Visionary environments 12 ne Habitantspaysagistes in France

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Lucienne Peiry, art historian, is director of the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland and author of Art Brut (Flammarion, 2001). John Maizels is editor of Raw Vision and author of Raw Creation. Philippe Lespinasse, photographer, is curator at the Collection de l'Art Brut. He has directed two documentary films on Nek Chand.

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