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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791344900
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791344904
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking its title from one of Hans Prinzhorn's famous sayings about the way art is nourished by psychic springs, 'groundwaters that spring up to form rivulets leading to the great stream of art', this book proves to be an important and timely study. --Raw Reviews January 2012

The expansive Groundwaters reveals that self-taught artists have made - and continue to make - undeniable contributions to the 'great stream of art'. --World of Interiors, March 2012

This book brings together works by 12 of the most influential, self-taught artists of the 20th century. Each represents a facet of the outsider art phenomenon, from mental health patients such as Adolf Wolfli and Martin Ramirez, through vernacular masters like Bill Traylor and Thornton Dial, to artists who are in tough with other worlds, such as Madge Gill and Henry Darger. --The Market Magazine, March 2012

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CHARLES RUSSELL is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. He is a contributing editor to Raw Vision, an international magazine of outsider art, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Self-Taught and Outsider Art. He lives in Westport, New York.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ross on 15 Mar. 2012
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Visionary art, art brut, art of the insane, naïve art, vernacular art, "raw vision"-- these are some of the types of art made by self-taught and Outsider Artists. What these artists have in common is that they don't have an art education, and they produce work that is outside the traditional definitions of fine art. Outsider Art was first recognised in the 19th century by German psychiatrists who appreciated the profound artistic expression in the work of some mental patients. This type of art became know to progressive artists in the early 20th century, who used it, along with children's' art and "ethnic" art, as an inspiration for much modern and contemporary art. The influence of outsider is clearly seen in the work of artists from Jean Dubuffet to Tracey Emin.
This book brings together works by twelve of the most influential self-taught artists of the 20th century. Each represents a facet of the outsider art phenomenon, from mental patients like Adolf Wölfli and Martín Ramírez, through vernacular masters like Bill Traylor and Thornton Dial, to artists who seem to be in touch with other worlds, such as Madge Gill and Henry Darger.
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knowledge isn't naive! 5 Mar. 2014
By Vicki S. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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I made a little pun about naive, self taught, raw, primitive and what ever you want to call it. I like the stuff, and I like learning about it. A good book for a fascinating sub genre of the fine art world
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Groundwaters 11 Feb. 2014
By H. Coddington - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good with excellent illustrations. A good starter for anyone interested in learning about this area of art and its impact on the more mainstream channels of modern art and psychology
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Wonderful Review of Outsider and Folk Art 16 April 2012
By Suzanne V. Ebeling-urban - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book chock full of examples of Outsider and Contemporary Folk Art today. A wonderful book for those looking to collect or learn more about Outsider artists.
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