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Everyday genius : self-taught art and the culture of authenticity

Author: Gary Alan Fine
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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"From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional network of value, status, and money. After spending years  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fine, Gary Alan.
Everyday genius.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004
(DLC) 2003023042
(OCoLC)53443005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Alan Fine
ISBN: 9780226249605 0226249603 9780226249506 0226249506
OCLC Number: 664571301
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 328 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Creating boundaries. --
Creating biography. --
Creating artists. --
Creating collections. --
Creating community. --
Creating markets. --
Creating institutions. --
Creating art worlds.
Other Titles: Self-taught art and the culture of authenticity
Responsibility: Gary Alan Fine.

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"From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional network of value, status, and money. After spending years immersed in the world of self-taught artists, Gary Alan Fine presents Everyday Genius, one of the most insightful and comprehensive examinations of this network and how it confers artistic value." "Fine considers the differences among folk art, outsider art, and self-taught art, explaining the economics of this distinctive art market and exploring the dimensions of its artistic production and distribution. Interviewing dealers, collectors, curators, and critics and venturing into the backwoods and inner-city homes of numerous self-taught artists. Fine describes how authenticity is central to the system in which artists - often poor, elderly, members of a minority group, or mentally ill - are seen as having an unfettered form of expression highly valued in the art world. Respected dealers, he shows, have a hand in burnishing biographies of the artists, and both dealers and collectors trade in identities as much as objects."--Jacket.

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