outsider art

art created outside the boundaries of official culture by those untrained in the arts

Outsider art is art by self-taught or naïve art makers. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds. The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (French: [aʁ bʁyt], "raw art" or "rough art"), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outside of the established art scene, using as examples psychiatric hospital patients and children.Outsider art has emerged as a successful art marketing category; an annual Outsider Art Fair has taken place in New York since 1993, and there are at least two regularly published journals dedicated to the subject. The term is sometimes misapplied as a catch-all marketing label for art created by people who are outside the mainstream "art world" or "art gallery system", regardless of their circumstances or the content of their work. A more specific term, "outsider music", was later adapted for musicians.
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movement: outsider art

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Jean Dubuffet cover

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Jean Dubuffet

Artist from France

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Prospectus et tous écrits suivants

Jean Dubuffet - Fiche de lecture; En 1946, moins de deux ans après sa première exposition à la galerie René Drouin , Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) publie Prospectus aux amateurs de tout genre dans la collection Métamorphoses des éditions Gallim

author: Jean Dubuffet

Asphyxiante culture

author: Jean Dubuffet

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