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Saturday, March 27, 2004
OUTSIDER ART / 'ART BRUT'
These terms, along with 'folk art' , 'primitive art' etc., can cover a wide range - in both type and quality. Basically, they refer to artists without formal training, and without ties to established schools and traditions. People who just felt the creative urge, and picked up a brush, with no one to tell them they were doing it all wrong.
Of course, it's chic to be into outsider art. So there's a lot of AWFUL stuff out there riding on the bandwagon. Still, I'm sure that if you browse the following sites, you'll come across some works that move you, and allow you to 'see' in a new way..
Raw Vision - a magazine devoted to this topic; read up on it as well as see some..
Faith at Reality Felon - nice site by a practitioner..
The Electric Gallery
The Lynch Collection
American Visionary Art Museum
Ricco Maresca Gallery
And finally, if you REALLY want to explore 'outsider art' in depth, check out Intuit - hundreds of links!
My instinct about painting says, 'if you don't think about it, it's right.'
As soon as you have to decide and choose, it's wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets.