018) Outsider Art

Outsider Art originated as the art of the insane and self-taught and existed outside the realm of art history. Much of this art is based on visions and messages from God and does not require recognition by society. The self-taught artist is responding to the bidding of an inner necessity to create. We will trace its beginnings, its differences from Folk Art and Primitive Art and discuss its recent surge into the mainstream of the art world. The term Outsider Art was only introduced in 1972, even though visionary artists have existed for centuries. Can the spontaneous creations of the mentally ill be considered art? Can Fine Art come from untrained individuals who could be considered “natural geniuses”? Come explore this unusual world as explored by art historian Wendy Worth.