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Outsider Art in Canada

Outsider Art in Canada

What else can art be like?

By (author) Linda Rainaldi


Publishing 18th Mar 2024
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  • Dedicated to expressions of Outsider Art made in Canada, aiming to reach and raise awareness with the vastest audience possible
Full Description

Outsider art reflects a territory of cultural production that gives credence to creative practices independent of formal training, recognized art movements, and current trends.

Outsider art is said to exist only because of cultural elitism and class differences where the margins are defined by the center. Thus, outsider artists are dismissed twice: first, by those who hold status and power, and second, by the mainstream art world. Their marginalized social status, often due to mental health issues, has led to their exclusion from the world of contemporary art. This book challenges viewers to relinquish myths and stereotypes about the source of creativity and to embrace the work of self-taught creators who are compelled to express themselves in unique ways. Most importantly, they will be asked to consider the role of art institutions in shaping their views on art. This volume addresses issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion in the art world.

About the Author

Linda Rainaldi has been exploring outsider art for many years, both academically and personally, while working as a writer and editor in the legal field. She has published articles in various outsider art journals. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, but is pretty sure she also lives a more extraordinary life in a parallel universe.

Five Continents Editions
Publish date
18th Mar 2024
USA & Canada
8.66 in x 11.02 in
208 Pages
100 color
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