COLLECTING OUTSIDER AND FOLK ART
Online resource about collecting Outsider art and Folk art.
Simply, "Outsider Art" is art made by people who are "outside" the loose system of professional art schools, galleries, distributors, and collectors.
The art is usually quite original -- often with a raw, earthy beauty or power.
It was the British art historian Roger Cardinal, according to multiple sources, who originally began using the term
The term is used as the American equivalent of the French term
"Brut" art, which was coined by the French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, after he was
"attracted particularly" by the drawings of mental patients that he saw in Switzerland in 1945, according to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website (citing Oxford University Press).
Outsider Art has grown to include artists working on their own, often self-taught and working day jobs, not seeing themselves primarily as artists, living in rural areas or anywhere outside of the gallery system.
The term has also taken on more meaning in the last few decades, as large art retrospectives have become more popular, vaulting certain artists or schools of art into the pantheon of the celebrated -- with ancillary merchandising bonanzas.
Outsider Art, then, is made by people who have not achieved fame or fortune or been anointed as
"the artist to watch" or "up-and-coming" or "established" by the powers that be
- namely, gallery owners, collectors, and journalists.
The question always lurks, of course, as to what happens when Outsider artists are
"discovered" and their work begins to sell, so that they achieve, for instance, several gallery shows and financial success. Even if the art remains the same, can they then be considered to be Outsider artists?
you'll find a list of galleries and dealers that specialize in Outsider art.
They carry a variety of artworks for sale and they're operated by experts in
the field. You'll find additional resources to guide in your art education.
Galleries Specializing in Outsider Art and Folk Art
Anton Haardt Gallery - New Orleans, LA
At Home Folk Art Gallery - Greensboro, NC
Barbara Archer Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Beverly Kaye Gallery / Art Brut - Woodbridge, CT
Calvin Morris Gallery - New York, NY
Carl Hammer Gallery - Chicago, IL
Fleisher/Ollman - Philadelphia, PA
Focal Art Gallery - La Jolla, CA
Galerie Bonheur - St. Louis, MO
Galerie St. Etienne - New York, NY
Garde Rail Gallery - Online in Austin, TX
Henry Boxer Gallery - Surrey, England
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art - Sanford, FL
Lindsay Gallery - Columbus, OH
Main Street Gallery - Clayton, GA
Manko - Moody, ME
Marcia Weber Art Object - Montgomery, AL
Outsider Folk Art Gallery - Online in Pennsylvania
Ricco Maresca Gallery - New York, NY
Yard Dog - Austin, TX
Articles about Collecting Outsider Art and Folk Art
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Museums Specializing in Outsider Art and Folk Art
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum - Williamsburg, VA
American Folk Art Museum - New York, NY
American Visionary Art Museum - Baltimore, MD
Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught & Outsider Art - Milwaukee, WI
Craft Contemporary - Los Angeles, CA
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art - Chicago, IL
The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art - Orlando, FL
Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA
Museum of International Folk Art - Santa Fe, NM
Books on Outsider Art and Folk Art
For the most recent books check with a local bookstores or one of the art bookstores around the country.
Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon is a very good
source for new and used art books. Your local library could also be a resource for research and discovering art books.
Outsider Art Magazines
Art In America (all types of art)
ARTnews (all types of art)
Online Outsider Art Resources
Outsider Art Fair - New York and Paris
Folk Art Society of America
Outsider Art Sourcebook
Outsider Art World
What is Outsider Art
Blogs about Outsider Art
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