Description - Outsider Art by David MacLagan
`Outsider art' is work produced outside the mainstream of modern art by self-taught visionaries, spiritualists, eccentrics, recluses, psychiatric patients,
criminals, and others beyond the perceived margins of society. Coined in 1972 the term is derived from `art brut', which the artist Jean Dubuffet began promoting just after the Second World War. Both focus on the idea of a `raw', untaught creativity, which is still a contentious and much-debated issue. Is this a natural phenomenon, requiring only the right circumstances (isolation or alienation) to be revealed; or is it more like a mirage projected by the very culture it is supposed to be escaping from?
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Author Biography - David MacLagan
David Maclagan is an artist, art therapist and university lecturer based in Yorkshire. He has published numerous articles on Outsider art, art therapy and image-based psychology, and is the author of Creation Myths: Man's Introduction to the World (1977), and Psychological Aesthetics: Painting, Feeling and Making Sense (2001).
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