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Outsider Art

What Exactly Is Outsider Art?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts

Outsider art has always been tricky to define. Simply put, an outsider artist is one who is self-taught and thus removed from art world conversations ...

Roadside Dinosaur Parks

Atlas Obscura | Posted 02.05.2014 | Weird News
Atlas Obscura

Whether its due to the wonders of prehistoric life or bad design, these creature collections remain a must-see stop on any road trip. Check out some of these mangy monsters that clearly spared every expense:

7 Wild Artworks That Make The Established Art World Look Tame

Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts

A melting ice cream truck, a yarn-bombed tree, an intricately sculpted beach -- these are not exactly the types of artworks you'll see lining the hall...

Outsider Art in Paris During the FIAC

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Vivian Norris

Outsider Art is no longer on the fringe, but it still takes a special soul and wanting to see and understand to truly stand in front of these works and grasp what is often beyond straightforward aesthetic understanding.

Outside/Inside: All Around the Brutal Barn

Frank Browning | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Frank Browning

If there is any single emotion that seems to mark what has been called "outsider art" it is surely the utter, horrifying, thoroughly transcendent sense of "aloneness."

Vilma Eid: Champion of Outsider Artists

Simon Watson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

We appear to be living in a rare and refreshingly pivotal moment when the rigid grip of a small group of art professionals is loosening and rigid definitions of what constitutes an artwork and who can be considered an artist are evolving.

Resisting the Whitening of Bill Traylor: Why We Should Remember the Slave and Sharecropper As Much As the Artist

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Putting Traylor at the forefront of the mid-20th century African-American context for art today seems an act of reclamation that, in addition to restoring the African-American artistic heritage, also dispels the unfortunate aura of Outsiderism,

(LOOK) Light Saber Pool Noodles: From Mommy Blog to Art Form, In Photos

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Mary Pauline Lowry

When Bryon Martin's daughter, Zabelle, asked to have a Star Wars themed party for her 5th birthday, Martin stumbled into an unexpected art form: the light saber pool noodle.

Mental Patient's Hybrid Drawings Will Haunt Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts

Charles Steffen was studying drawing, art history, and photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology when he suffered a mental breakdown in 1950...

'I Thought The Whole Point Of Life Was To Be Lively'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts

John Williams enters the room in a formal button down blouse, a hefty portfolio tucked under his arm. When he speaks, words tumble out, both his passi...

Kim Weild : On Charles Mee's New Play, soot and spit

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

A conversation with Kim Weild about her new collaboration at Arizona State University on Charles Mee's's soot and spit, a play about the outsider artist James Castle who was born profoundly deaf and was possibly autistic too.

Glitter Isn't Just For Kids Anymore

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.07.2013 | Arts

If you thought glitter was only for schoolchildren with a burning passion for craft time, think again. A new exhibition at ArtEnables in D.C. celebrat...

Love Triangle: A Man, His Dog, and His Art

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.15.2013 | Books
BJ Gallagher

When I learned that David Gerbstadt's canine companion is a three-legged dog named Noel, I decided to learn more about this unusual artist and his unusual dog. Since his is a love story, I thought that Valentine's Day would be the perfect time to share it.

Internet Artist Talks Reddit And Ninja Turtles

Posted 01.22.2013 | Arts

Anyone can tell you who's already made it, but HuffPost Arts & Culture's On Our Radar series is here to tell you who's about to blow up -- and, in som...

Long Live Outsiders!

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.18.2013 | Arts

Maybe it's all the talk of the art market bubble in recent days, but we are especially excited for the Outsider Art Fair this year. It's time to shake...

John Martin: Visionary of the Everyday

Adam Rozan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Adam Rozan

John Martin's work often resembles a still life of sorts, but one in which realities are crossed; his subjects, everyday objects and people, morph into a series of symbols for the viewer to decipher.

Drawings From A 1940s Mental Hospital

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts

"The artist really should be lost to history, and certainly these drawings should," said curator Tom Parker of his upcoming exhibition. The works in q...

24 Gorgeous Hand-Painted Indian Movie Posters

Andy Deemer | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Deemer

Ramachandraiah prints movie posters for a living. He's done it ever since 1971, when he bought an ancient lithograph press. He keeps it in a factory north of Bangalore, far from the English town where it was built 111 years ago.

This Must-See Museum Will Surprise You

Fathom | Posted 02.17.2013 | Travel
Fathom

If you're in Paris before February, don't miss the temporary exhibit of outsider art at The Museum of Everything. Disbelief and awe were the prevailing sentiments at the end of my visit.

Robert Combas Makes Bad Art's Greatest Hits

Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts

Graffiti, myth, rock-n-roll, cartoons, religion, poetry, Arabic, comic books, and quite possibly all of history are are thrown into the mix in Robert ...

Help Save 91-Year-Old Man's Art

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

Jim Conniff was born in the Bronx in 1920. The 91-year-old man spent his career as a writer and professor, but as the video above shows, that's hardly...

Discovering the Highwaymen: Florida's Outsider Artists

Jane Chafin | Posted 11.20.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Florida artists saw painting as the road to financial freedom and churned out work, factory-style, at an amazing rate, with some claiming that there are over 200,000 Highwaymen paintings in existence.

Make: Outsider Art and the Blessed Compulsion

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 09.12.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In Make, directors Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn tell four distinctive stories of earnest lives lived on the margins of American society.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Michael Tully on Septien

Dan Persons | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The tale of three brothers travels a strange, twisted, and ultimately fascinating route. Septien essentially delights in its own impertinence -- fortunately, it's charming enough to get away with it.

In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger by Jessica Yu

Jane Chafin | Posted 08.14.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

2011-06-14-Screenshot20110614at1.48.16PM.jpgWhen does a documentary about an artist become a work of art in and of itself?