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Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives
Colin Rhodes
January 2000
Roger Cardinal
This book represents the best-informed and most lucid account of Outsider Art at the turn of the century--a fascinating field which has recently begun to expand at an astonishing pace.

Book Description
Outsider Art is work produced outside the mainstream of modern art by self-taught, untrained visionaries, spiritualists, eccentric recluses, folk artists, psychiatric patients, criminals, and others beyond the imposed margins of society and the art market. Coined by Roger Cardinal in 1972, the term in English derived from Jean Dubuffet's "art brut"--literally "raw art," "uncooked" by culture, unaffected by fashion, unmoved by artistic standards. In this indispensable book Colin Rhodes surveys the history and reception of Outsider Art--first championed by Dubuffet and the...

Biografia a Paso de Carga
Jean Dubuffet
Apr 2005
(Paperback) - Spanish

Formless: A User's Guide
Yve Alain Bois
October 1900
Book Description
Although it is more than sixty years since Georges Bataille undertook his philosophical development of the term informe, only in recent years has the idea of the "formless" been deployed in the theorizing and reconfiguring of twentieth-century art. In Formless: A User's Guide, Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss present a rich and compelling panorama of the formless. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production. In the domain of practice, they analyze it as an operational tool, the structural cunning of which has repeatedly been suppressed in the service of a thematics of art. Neither theme nor form, formless is, as Bataille himself expressed it, a "job."...

Keith Haring
Germano Celant (Editor)
October 1992
Language Notes
Text: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain
Elizabeth Karl J. Smith
January 2003
Book Description
With its title taken from a signature work by Bruce Nauman, Life, Death, Love, Hate ,Pleasure, Pain presents a selection of approximately 190 works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. A wide-ranging, insightful survey, arranged in roughly chronological order, it features work by such artists as Vito Acconci, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Francis Bacon, Matthew Barney, Joseph, Beuys, Christo, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, KerryJames Marshall, Mariko Mori, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Yinka Shonibare, and H. C. Westermann. In an introductory essay, chief curator Elizabeth Smith discusses key trends in art from World War II to the present and provides a brief history of the MCA and its collection. Additional, accessible short texts by the curatorial staff of the MCA focus on individual works. ...

Pierre Matisse and His Artists
William M. Griswold (Introduction)
February 2003
Book Description
Pierre Matisse arrived in New York shortly before Christmas 1924 determined to make his mark. At that time, the New York art world was in its formative stages, entirely different from what it was to become by the close of the 20th century. He was to play a significant role in its establishment. In 1925, the time of his first exhibition, which featured lithographs and drawings by his father, Henri Matisse, there were few galleries and no museums exhibiting contemporary art. In October 1931 the Pierre Matisse Gallery opened its doors in the Fuller building on 57th Street, just around the corner from the provisional headquarters of the recently instituted Museum of Modern Art. In addition to shows featuring works by such established artists as Giorgio de Chirico, André Derain, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, and, of...

Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond
John Maizels
November 1996
Book Review
Primitive, folk, naive, self-taught, outsider--branding art made outside of the conventional art world has become a tender task. What defines it? Who are its creators? No matter what you call it, there's no denying the visceral appeal of raw creativity unbound by rules, class, or education. Long-overdue attention is finally being awarded to self-taught artists--so often marginalized by race, economics, and social 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 the maniacal drawings of asylum inmates to found-object sculptures made by street people to homes surrounded by monoliths or covered in mosaic. The book bills itself as an introduction to the topic, but it is...

Scottie Wilson: Peddler Turned Painter
Anthony J. Petullo
May 2004
Ms. Brooke Davis Anderson, Director and Curator, The Contemporary Center, American Folk Art Museum
An engaging monograph on the self-taught artist Scottie Wilson, which is thoughtfully organized and thoroughly researched.

Professor Roger Cardinal, University of Kent Canterbury in the United Kingdom
The authors delve into the obscure areas of Scottie Wilson’s life and come up with some interesting fresh material.

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