Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity / Edition 1

Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity / Edition 1

by Gary Alan Fine
     
 


From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional network… See more details below

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From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional network of value, status, and money. After spending years immersed in the world of self-taught artists, Gary Alan Fine presents Everyday Genius, one of the most insightful and comprehensive examinations of this network and how it confers artistic value.

Fine considers the differences among folk art, outsider art, and self-taught art, explaining the economics of this distinctive art market and exploring the dimensions of its artistic production and distribution. Interviewing dealers, collectors, curators, and critics and venturing into the backwoods and inner-city homes of numerous self-taught artists, Fine describes how authenticity is central to the system in which artists—often poor, elderly, members of a minority group, or mentally ill—are seen as having an unfettered form of expression highly valued in the art world. Respected dealers, he shows, have a hand in burnishing biographies of the artists, and both dealers and collectors trade in identities as much as objects.

Revealing the inner workings of an elaborate and prestigious world in which money, personalities, and values affect one another, Fine speaks eloquently to both experts and general readers, and provides rare access to a world of creative invention-both by self-taught artists and by those who profit from their work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226249506
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Creating boundaries18
2Creating biography54
3Creating artists99
4Creating collections140
5Creating community171
6Creating markets208
7Creating institutions239
8Creating art worlds273

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