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 artistsdates, 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).
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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
Foreword by Tom Patterson 1
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