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




Self-taught art (or outsider art or folk art) is made up of paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, outdoor constructions and other items created by people with little or no formal training who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to mainstream recognition or the marketplace. There are now several periodicals, numerous yearly auctions, and dozens of museums and galleries devoted to the field.
This analysis of the art form in 20th century America begins by explaining the emergence of self-taught art, and introducing the reader to key aspects. The second chapter studies trends, by gender, race and region, and 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—dates, location, origins, education, employment, style, media, themes and unusual characteristics. Another section deals with 44 categories of self-taught art including media (collage, painting, pottery, relief carving, sculpture, etc.); styles (abstract, rudimentary, surrealistic...); and themes (such as animals, death, humor, politics, religion, vehicles and words).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786475193
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Artist and art educator Florence Laffal (M.A., Columbia University) was editor and publisher of Folk Art Finder for twenty years. Psychologist Julius Laffal was an associate professor at Yale University. They were both recipients of the Folk Art Society of America award of distinction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Tom Patterson 1

Introduction 5

1. The Emergence of American Folk Art in the Twentieth Century 9

2. Comparative Studies of Self-Taught Art 20

3. Capsule Biographies of Artists 38

Between pages 154 and 155 are 32 color plates containing 45 images

4. Selected Examples: Media, Style, Subjects and Themes 155

5. Discussion and Integration of Findings 264

Appendix: Chronology of Events 291

Bibliography 301

Index 309

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