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The long and winding journey of Outsider Art. an historical perspective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17619544     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: The article describes the evolution of Outsider Art from the birth of its term in 1972 to the present and its emancipation from the margin to the markets, still in progress. RESULTS: Tracing the evolution of Outsider Art evidences a stark contradiction. On one hand the art world of collectors, historians, art dealers and admirateurs, accepts without reservation artwork that for many years was kept in a marginal position, compared to the "insider" art establishment. On the other hand art experts can not agree on a universal definition of this category of art. The particular status of the outsider artists is one of the reasons that causes difficulty in reaching a definition of Outsider Art. Significant atelier experiences with psychiatric patients delineate the difference between an Outsider Art work and a work produced by Art Therapy. CONCLUSIONS: The art market of art dealers and art collectors can be identified as the place where these contradictions dissolve, and where the Outsider Art category finds its ultimate legitimation and international recognition.
Carole Tansella
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiologia e psichiatria sociale     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1121-189X     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc     Publication Date:    2007 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-10     Completed Date:  2007-08-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9501447     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Arti Visive, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Art / history*
Art Therapy
Exhibits as Topic
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Mental Disorders*

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