A brief history of Outsider Art:
Outsider Art really experienced its ‘Golden Age’ between the years of 1880 and 1930 and traditionally encompasses works created by individuals who are marginalised from society for numerous different reasons. Outsider Art is technically free from the restraints of society with many of those who are considered ‘Outsiders’ having taught themselves how to create art. Art that can be described as Outsider is generally created with the absence of intention or preparation.
Roger Cardinal coined the term ‘Outsider Art’ after Jean Dubuffet’s labelling of it as ‘Art Brut’ or Raw Art. Cardinal himself describes Outsider Art as an umbrella term for works that are alien to established culture, although, he is keen to mention that because a work of art is alien to established culture, it does by no means imply it is inferior to the celebrated art of mainstream society.
A brief introduction to the site/blog
kdoutsiderart.com focuses on showcasing the work of marginalised artists/Outsider Artists and brings you discussions around the ambiguous and broad definition of the term Outsider Art and other themes related to it. Additionally, you will find exhibition reviews and news about upcoming events as well as guest posts by others who are interested in this field of art. You can find out more about other institutions and organisations worldwide working to promote Outsider Art over on the Links page.
About Kate Davey (Founder and Editor)
I finished an MA in Art History and Museum Curating in 2012, having written my dissertation on the difficulties that face curators of exhibitions that focus on the subject, and my BA Hons dissertation on the links between German Expressionism and Outsider Art. I have previously worked for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Creative Future, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – all organisations that support and promote the work of those facing barriers to the art world for health reasons or because of social circumstances.
I am currently the Training Programme Manager at Outside In, with responsibility for the strategic overview and delivery of our training and professional development programme specifically aimed at artists facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Additionally, I write reviews and articles for various publications including Raw Vision Magazine, as well as more focused pieces on specific artists for projects or contextual material.
I am currently studying for a PhD, focusing on the ‘rise of outsider art in the mainstream art world.’ My research asks whether there really is a level playing field in the art world regardless of an artist’s background or barriers. Some posts on this blog specifically relate to my research – you can find them here. If you would like to know more about my research, or would like to contribute, please feel free to get in touch!
If you are an artist and would like a dedicated post on your work, please get in touch. You can see previous ‘Artist Showcases’ here.
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