Raw Creation : Outsider Art and Beyond

Categories: | Naive Art | | Art History | | Folk Art | | Crafts & Hobbies |
Raw Creation : Outsider Art and Beyond
Author: Roger Cardinal John Maizels
Rating: 4.27
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Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 240
Hours of reading: 4.0 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
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About the book

The art of self-taught artists - including visionaries, folk creators, spiritualists, recluses, the 'mad' and the socially marginalized - was once scorned by the art establishment. Among the first to value and collect such works was the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-85), who coined the term Art Brut, or 'raw art'. He saw Art Brut as the purest form of creation because it was 'uncooked' by culture, touched by a raw nerve and deriving directly from the psyche. Some 50 years later, a wave of enthusiasm for contemporary folk art has gripped countries as far apart as India and the United States. John Maizels ties these disparate strands together, providing an extensive survey of the self-taught art of the twentieth century. Today a bewildering range of terminology has emerged, along with growing enthusiasm, for strains of creative expression outside the conventional art world. In Raw Creation, Maizels traces the history of the recognition and study of this art and examines different theories and definitions that have grown up around it. He provides detailed expositions of the work of individual artists ranging from such Art Brut masters as Adolf Wolfli and Aloise Corbaz, to such gifted American folk artists as Bill Traylor and Mose Tolliver. Devoting several chapters to large-scale visionary environments, Maizels takes a broad view, embracing Rodia towers in Watts, Los Angeles, the Palais Ideal in the South of France and Nek Chand's sculpture garden in north India. Raw Creation provides an indispensable guide to self-taught art and a fascinating account of human creativity.


"The definitive book on this vastly misunderstood, endlessly fascinating art form."—Buzz "Thoroughly entertaining."—Design Week "A compendium worthy of the vibrant range of human creativity it documents."—(Time Out New York


"The definitive book on this vastly misunderstood, endlessly fascinating art form."-Buzz "Thoroughly entertaining."-Design Week "A compendium worthy of the vibrant range of human creativity it documents."-(Time Out New York

Roger Cardinal Biography

John Maizels, a widely respected authority on 'Outsider' and self-taught art, is Editor of Raw Vision magazine. Roger Cardinal is Professor of Literary and Visual Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and the author of the pioneering study Outsider Art (1972). ... Read full biography

Authors: Roger Cardinal John Maizels
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780714840093
ISBN10: 0714840092
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Edition: None
Edition Statement: Revised ed.
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Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
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Pages: 240
Book Weight: 1456.03
Book Dimensions: 250x290x25
Circulation: None
Publication date: Sept. 20, 2000
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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