American Self-Taught Art by Florence Laffal
An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies

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This culminating analysis by two of the greatest experts of the outsider art world begins by explaining what self-taught art is. Then comparative studies are presented of trends in self-taught art, divided by gender, race and region, and examining such issues as education, employment, and personal circumstances. The 1,319 capsule biographies give dates, location, origins, education, employment, style, media, themes and unusual characteristics. Examples of 44 categories (such as collage, painting, wood carving, metal sculpture); styles (e.g., abstract, rudimentary, surrealistic); and themes (examples: animals, death, humor, politics, religion, vehicles, words). A lengthy discussion and integration of findings follows.

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Published November 1, 2003 by McFarland & Company. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The late couple Florence (former editor & publisher, Folk Art Finder newsletter) and Julius Laffal (former assoc. clinical professor, psychiatry, Yale Univ. ) used the term "self-taught art" rather than the more common "folk art" to emphasize that it's a living form, and one not tied to specific ...

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