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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861895219
ISBN-10: 1861895216
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 176
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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