Considering “Outsider” art

From the (UK) Independent: “‘Outsider Art’ is used to refer to some self-taught artists. Many of these ‘outsiders’ have mental health problems, live in institutions or isolation, or are in some other way removed from wider society. These artists operate outside the confines of visual arts education, societal norms and expectations. But one of the criticisms often levied at the terminology is that ‘Outsider Art’ is patronising or ‘othering.’ That it in some way hints at a primitive compulsion to create art that is closer, perhaps, to our ancestors who painted on cave walls than to the art which hangs in Tate Modern. It suggests that ‘outsiders’ paint without the ‘concepts’ that drive contemporary art.”

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