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Self-Taught Art: The Culture and Aesthetics of American Vernacular Art / Edition 1
     

Self-Taught Art: The Culture and Aesthetics of American Vernacular Art / Edition 1

by Charles Russell, Russell Bowman, Roger Cardinal
 

ISBN-10: 1578063809

ISBN-13: 9781578063802

Pub. Date: 11/06/2001

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

With essays by Russell Bowman, Roger Cardinal, Arthur C. Danto, Ellen Dissanayake, Michael Owen Jones, Randall Morris, Sharon Patton, Charles Russell, Maude Southwell Wahlman, and Alison Weld

The creators of self-taught art have no academic artistic training and little connection to the established traditions of Western art history. Yet their works have

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With essays by Russell Bowman, Roger Cardinal, Arthur C. Danto, Ellen Dissanayake, Michael Owen Jones, Randall Morris, Sharon Patton, Charles Russell, Maude Southwell Wahlman, and Alison Weld

The creators of self-taught art have no academic artistic training and little connection to the established traditions of Western art history. Yet their works have undeniable aesthetic impact.

What are the origins of the artists' aesthetic choices and strategies? How is artistic production shaped by the artist and the culture? By what standards are the works to be analyzed and judged? Answering such questions that the mainstream often asks, this collection of essays brings a clearer understanding of the purpose and the achievement of "outsider art."

It is the first book to give self-taught art the same degree of scholarly attention and critical thinking that mainstream art traditionally receives. It features the views of some of the most prominent critics of vernacular art and explores a wide range of subjects from a variety of critical approaches dealing with self-taught art in all its forms.

The ten critics explore the sources and contexts of creation, focus on the personal roots of creativity, and challenge the reductivist views that for too long have dominated discussions of self-taught art, particularly the African American vernacular.

Thirty-two full-color plates and seventy-two black-and-white photographs illuminate these essays with the work of America's most acclaimed self-taught artists--William Edmondson, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, James "Son" Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Nellie Mae Rowe, Minnie Evans, Joseph Yoakum, Bill Traylor, and other such creators of art that challenges mainstream aesthetics.

Charles Russell, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, is the associate director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. His books include Poets, Prophets, and Revolutionaries: The Literary Avant-Garde from Rimbaud through Postmodernism and The Avant-Garde Today: An International Anthology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578063802
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
11/06/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
Finding a Place for the Self-Taught in the Art World(s)3
Very Like Art: Self-Taught Art from an Ethological Perspective35
The Aesthetics of Everyday Life47
Outsider Art61
The Self in Self-Taught Art68
Imaging the Academy: "Naive" Art and the Mainstream81
Memory Painting95
The One and the Many: Manifest Destiny and the Internal Landscape117
Spiritual Visions and Allegory in Contemporary African-American Folk Painting129
African Charm Traditions Remembered in the Arts of the Americas146
The Aesthetic Language of Self-Taught Art166
Notes177
Works Cited183
Contributors193
Index195

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