It was Jean Dubuffet who coined the term Art Brut and championed the merits of untaught, outsider artists
. How does the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, which he founded, deal with his legacy today?
According to Wikipedia, those labeled as Outsider Artists
typically have little or no prior contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions.
The latter show, which Celant's most resembled, was already considered problematic at the time for equating Chicago with Imagist art and excluding Chicago-based outsider artists
such as Joseph Yoakum, as well as any artists of color, Ray Yoshida excepted.
No matter which direction he headed, he found California to be a wild, weird, and wonderful multiplicity of places created by the collision of vastly disparate people and topographies: rednecks and hippies, sophisticated urbanites and back-to-the-land types, Hollywood's "beautiful people" and outsider artists
, deserts and forests, mountains and valleys, seashores and dry beds where waters once ran freely.
The Van Der Plas gallery has been a conduit for contemporary outsider artists
for over 40 years.
There are innumerable paintings of pets, dogs in particular, by what he called "outsider artists
", those hobby painters whose work often ends up in car boot sales.
Using as its starting point a castle on a remote headland just outside the village of Ramsvika in Norway, which was built over the period of five years unbeknownst to anyone, the Castle Builder explores outsider artists
and the joy of creating.
"We're going to visit outsider artists
in north South Carolina, northern Georgia."
Despite the best efforts of the pop art movement to deflate the pretentions it found in the contemporary art of last century -- and the occasional inroads so-called outsider artists
make into the art market -- differences in practice and preference tend to foster elitism.
I initially wondered if it was problematic to juxtapose paintings by a primate with works by so-called "outsider artists
" (another problematic designation).
Traditionally such innovators are located 'outside' the periphery of the art-circle but unlike other outsider artists
, Geoffrey enjoys a great deal of appreciation and remuneration from the western art world, if not at home, and is recognized as an unparalleled phenomenon in the modern art world by British and American art critics.
No fewer than 30 feature length films, showcasing 40 or more outsider artists
, have been produced just in the past 10 years.