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Outsider Art

Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at "Mad About Art"

Jim Luce | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Jim Luce

This gifted and prolific group perpetually produces works in a dazzling array of mediums, and on this evening I saw oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, collage and mixed media pieces, pen and ink and pencil drawings, digital art and photographs and more. Simply fantastic!

How One Deaf, Outsider Artist Came To Communicate Through Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts

As far as acclaimed artists go, James Castle is somewhat of an anomaly. For one, he was raised on a farm in rural Garden Valley, Idaho and spent most ...

A Brief And Visually Stunning Primer To Outsider Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts

The term "outsider art" was first used by art historian Roger Cardinal in 1972 to loop together art made by people living with certain disabilities, a...

This Outsider Artist Stopped Speaking As A Child, Communicates Solely Through Her Work

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts

Susan Te Kahurangi King's story sounds like something out of folklore. The artist, born in 1951 in Te Aroha, a New Zealand farming town, stopped speak...

Over 800 Living Folk Artists Come Together For Massive Iboamerican Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts

Leave it to the Natural History Museum to present an art show poised to put most art-specific museums to shame. This fall, the museum brings together ...

10 Inspiring Artworks By Current And Former Inmates

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts

"We artists are indestructible," Pablo Picasso once said. "Even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, e...

A Trove Of 'Lost And Found' Photos Reveal One Mystery Couple's Beautiful Life

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts

Found photographs are the stuff of magic. A thrift box of Polaroids here a forgotten storage bin stuffed with albums there -- the snapshots of other p...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Three Timely Awakenings at the Outsider Art Fair

Perry Brass | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I had three very timely awakenings at this year's Outsider Art Fair, sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art, in Chelsea, for five days ending on May 11. They were stunning, shaking me all over, and ultimately beautiful.

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...