outsider art

noun

Definition of outsider art

: art produced by untrained or naïve artists (such as children or psychiatric patients) who are not part of the mainstream art tradition
  • Small objects and furnishings by self-taught artists like Mr. Norton have come to be known as “outsider art.”
  • —Patricia Leigh BrownNew York Times3 Jan. 1991
  • She mixes 18th-and-19th-century folk art, outsider art, and favorite groupings of like items, such as chairs, boxes, and candle molds.
  • —Kathy BarnesCountry HomeJuly/August 2006

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First Known Use of outsider art

1972


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