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Everyday Genius
Author: Hanneke Grootenboer

ISBN: 9780226249513
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 17 August 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.7 x 2.2
Description:
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 va...

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