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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Why not leave a comment to share your thoughts and impressions with others?

i wondered why some of the pieces were being hung up, it made me wonder what art really is what is a masterpiece and what is a small doodle

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Casey age 10 - 3.10.2013 - 12:07 PM
If you liked this come to Baltimore., MD and visit the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM).

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Amanda - 3.9.2013 - 1:55 PM
Are there any female artists represented in this show? Seems like outsider artists are men. What up wit dat?

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Spolie - 3.9.2013 - 10:38 AM
Splendid. Simply splendid!

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Steve Beckman - 3.8.2013 - 7:05 PM
Always enjoy exhibitions of this ilk. Fascinating that two of the artists were on the Johnny Carson show.

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C Thomas - 3.8.2013 - 7:04 PM
WOW!

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Bill DiDomenico - 3.8.2013 - 12:26 PM
I think talking more about Art Therapy from art would be useful to know. I know alot of people come here looking for that

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Anon - 3.7.2013 - 11:50 AM
those gigantic rugs are machine made. I just know it.

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Anonymous - 3.7.2013 - 11:31 AM
Enjoyed this exhibit immensely and brings credence into why it;s called outsider art. Some of the stories of the artists backgrounds are not unlike mainstream artists. The painful stories can touch a nerve in anyones life. A very well done exhibition.

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Anonymous - 3.6.2013 - 6:29 PM
Outsider Art - defined by collectors and dealers rather than by the artists?

Outsider Art is defined in many different fashions by dealers, collectors and curators. The basics of outsider art are fairly simple: usually the artist is self-taught and their work is created outside of interactions with what one might consider an 'artistic community'. The art traditionally has been suggested as having been created for the self-enjoyment of the artist and is accidently stumbled upon by outsiders who bring it to the wider world.

That being said, many flavors of outsider-ism are available. Some have spiritual subject matter and references; some are defined by their primitive aspects; and much deals with the life journeys of the artists and their interactions with their world surroundings of location, friends, family, and cultural environment.

But since outsider artists in the traditional sense are more often discovered by collectors and dealers - rather than through the marketing efforts of the artists themselves - at least for much of the popular art being collected, curated and marketed by the art community.... has the Outsider 'movement' been rather more defined by the industry and consumers than by the artists themselves?

If one were, however, to search out more of the urban outsiders, one might see that they and their work languish in obscurity, despite perhaps greater refined skill sets, subject matter and sophistication. The higher the skill level of the outsider, the more likely they are to be considered as being mainstream - regardless of their creative life journey and connections with the art community in a wider sense. Thus, one must then consider that perhaps if this is true, then the outsider art that we 'know' and can see in museums and galleries is an artificial grouping of artists with often what seems to be a limiting boundary of primitivism in style, subject matter and execution.

I offer this up to the audience for consideration and comment. I also offer that I consider myself as an Urban Outsider. Where are the boundaries between the Outsider and Self-Taught? Are the two labels one in the same? Does the level of cultural sophistication exclude many definitional outsiders from a place at the art market in a business sense? You will find my work exhibited in juried summer outdoor art shows rather than waiting for discovery in a flea market or at a road-side stand. Does this mean it has more or less value to the outsider galleries, dealers and collectors? I offer my websites as a starting point because the three of them show both chronological and stylistic progressions of a self-taught artist who does not move stylistically in the greater artistic communities.........

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Mark V. Turner - 3.6.2013 - 10:55 AM
So much American culture and expression. Enjoyed the materials.

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Jenny - 3.5.2013 - 1:09 PM
fascinating exhibition - quite moving and inspiring...so many textures and details of the work and the artists. thank you.

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cjh - 3.5.2013 - 11:18 AM
outstanding use of media to draw one in to the outsider

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Anonymous - 3.3.2013 - 4:01 PM
Mike - fantastic exhibit!Nora - Outstanding and i loved it!Evie - I loved it!

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Mike, Nora, and Evie - 3.3.2013 - 3:15 PM
Thank you PMA for the wonderful mounting of this exhibit and Sheldon and Jill for such incredible collecting and this gift to the Museum and to the City. There are soooo many people here today on this opening day.

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Anonymous - 3.3.2013 - 3:08 PM
Talk about Art Therapy...the viewer gets lost in the personalities that created this art, art created for themselves, or in response to a higher calling.

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Marlene - 3.3.2013 - 2:55 PM
So rare to find shows on outsider art! Thank you so much for this fantastic collection.

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Brenda - 3.3.2013 - 2:42 PM
Excellent exhibit... audio tour was fantastic!

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Deborah - 3.3.2013 - 2:39 PM
{:' ( so tired

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Anonymous - 3.3.2013 - 2:34 PM
*__* im awe structed

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mark - 3.3.2013 - 2:34 PM

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