Raw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond by John MaizelsRaw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond by John Maizels

Raw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond

byJohn MaizelsAs told byJohn Maizels

Paperback | September 20, 2000

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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.
Title:Raw Creation: Outsider Art & BeyondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 11.5 × 10 × 0.9 inPublished:September 20, 2000Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714840092

ISBN - 13:9780714840093

Appropriate for ages: 13

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