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Raw Creation: Outsider Art & Beyond Hardcover – November 7, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The art itself is strange, inspirational, wonderful and disturbing by turns and there is a lot of it. Numerous well-known outsider artists are represented, from the US and abroad, with Wolfli and Darger getting ample coverage, and also many lesser-known but gifted visionaries are included. I can see that this book was a probably labor of love for John Maizels who has been a steadfast proponent of the self-taught and the marginal artist for several decades. But the art is eccentric enough without complicating the presentation with an eccentric layout. I’m really disappointed that I can’t comfortably read what he has to say. However, the art speaks for itself, and it is immediate and amazing.
For a better chance at gaining insight into this remarkable art, try books that concentrate on the individual artists, like Elka Spoerri’s considered work on Adolf Wolfli . For a more measured approach to a spectrum of artists, try Vernacular Visionaries or Beyond Reason, Works from the Prinzhorn Collection.
So, this book is very important to me. It has a very beautiful presentation and shows the most important artists that represent this movement as Dubuffet, the Art Brut collection in Lausanne or Ferdinand Cheval works and Neck Chand spetacular gardens and figurines. And it is particularly interesting to know what is going on outside USA and Europe.