Outsider Art

Post image for Researchers Unroll a Rare 19th-Century Painted Panorama

One of the longest paintings ever created is an 1848 depiction of a “whaling voyage ’round the world” that stretches 1,275 feet — roughly the length of 14 blue whales, according to its holder, the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Quiet Drawings from a Life Lost in Mental Institutions

In one of the drawings discovered in a well-worn album, fished out of the trash in 1970 by a teenager in Springfield, Missouri, a wide-eyed woman points to a bouquet of flowers below the words “ECTLECTRC PENCIL.”

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Personal Passions and Detailed Devotions of the Outsider Art Fair

Now in its 24th edition, the Outsider Art Fair has found a new home this year at the Metropolitan Pavilion, currently filled with the fair’s largest number of exhibitors yet.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Rhode Island’s Newest Gallery Champions Artists With Disabilities

The term “Outsider Art,” coined in 1972 by writer Roger Cardinal, has plenty of critics.

Continue Reading →
Daniel Swanigan Snow, “Totem III” (2010)

The 24th annual Outsider Art Fair opens in New York on January 21, and never before has the scope of what might qualify as — or, more precisely, of what is being called — outsider art seemed so diverse or vast.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Early-20th-Century Drawings of Fanciful Flying Machines

Prussian immigrant Charles A.A. Dellschau spent most of his life in Houston working as a butcher; when he retired in 1899 at the age of 68, he turned his attention skywards and devoted himself to an entirely different endeavor: designing airships and charting the development of flight.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Rubin Museum Honors Nek Chand, Visionary Artist who Built Paradise from Debris

Following India’s independence in 1947, architect Le Corbusier was recruited to design Chandigarh, the country’s first planned modern metropolis.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Self-Taught Artist James Castle’s Home Will Become a Cultural Center

This week Boise, Idaho, took ownership of the late self-taught artist James Castle’s longtime home, which will be restored into a cultural facility commemorating his life and offering residency and exhibition space to local and national artists.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Original Rhinestone Cowboy’s Glittery Home Will Be Reconstructed

In the late 1970s, Loy Bowlin in McComb, Mississippi, styled himself as the “Original Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Continue Reading →
Post image for Exploring an Expanded Field at the Outsider Art Fair

Nowhere can you feel the silliness (and yet cloying realness) of the term “outsider art” more distinctly than at the Outsider Art Fair, which, by its very nature, is an insiders’ affair.

Continue Reading →