What Is The Meaning Of Outsider Art? The Genre With A Story, Not A Style

January 30, 2015 11:27 PM

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What Is The Meaning Of Outsider Art? The Genre With A Story, Not A Style

If you've perused The Huffington Post Arts & Culture page at all this week, you may have noticed the spread of outsider artists gracing the site. That's because this weekend is the 23rd edition of the Outsider Art Fair, one of the rare and peculiar occasions when the art world gathers to celebrate and explore artists who, by and large, are unaware of the art world's real, prickly existence.

There are various ways to make sense of outsider art as a genre. Roberta Smith calls it "a somewhat vague, catchall term for self-taught artists of any kind." Lyle Rexer defines it as "the work of people who are institutionalized or psychologically compromised according to standard clinical norms" o...

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