American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies

American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies

by Florence Laffal, Julius Laffal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786416696

ISBN-13: 9780786416691

Pub. Date: 11/10/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Self-taught art (sometimes called outsider art or folk art) is made up of paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, outdoor constructions and other items created by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to mainstream recognition or the marketplace. Interest in the field has

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Self-taught art (sometimes called outsider art or folk art) is made up of paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, outdoor constructions and other items created by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to mainstream recognition or the marketplace. Interest in the field has increased tremendously since the beginning of the 1990s, and there are now several major periodicals, numerous large yearly auctions, and dozens of museums and galleries devoted to the field.

This important analysis of the art form in twentieth century America begins by explaining the emergence of self-taught art, and introducing the reader to key aspects. The second chapter gives comparative studies of trends in self-taught art divided by gender, race and region. It further examines such issues as education, employment, and the circumstances under which artists became active. The main body of the work consists of 1,319 biographies of artists, providing for each such data as dates, location, origins, education, employment, style, media, themes and unusual characteristics. Another section deals with 44 categories of self-taught art that include media such as collage, painting, pottery, relief carving of wood, sculpture of stone, sculpture of metal and stitchery; styles such as abstract, rudimentary and surrealistic; and themes such as animals, death, humor, politics, religion, vehicles and words. A lengthy discussion and integration of findings concludes the main text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416691
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/10/2003
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword1
Introduction5
1The Emergence of American Folk Art in the Twentieth Century9
2Comparative Studies of Self-Taught Art20
3Capsule Biographies of Artists38
4Selected Examples: Media, Style, Subjects and Themes155
5Discussion and Integration of Findings264
AppChronology of Events291
Bibliography301
Index309

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