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The Outsider: Patricide 6 [Paperback]

Neil Coombs
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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Windows Press (28 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1909769002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909769007
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,844,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Outside 2 July 2013
By Neil
The Outsider (Patricide 6) is an investigation into the notion of the Outsider Artist. Including essays from Roger Cardinal (author of `Outsider Art', 1972) and Michel Remy (author of `Surrealism in Britain', 2001) alongside articles by Outsider Artists (including George Widener, Chris Hipkiss and Tony Convey) and those who have worked with them.

The book is 174 pages, fully illustrated throughout in colour and black & white. Featuring interviews with collectors and artists as well as essays, poetry, fiction and visual art - the book includes all new material -contributions from international writers and artists covering a broad range of topics around the idea of The Outsider and it raises as many questions as it answers. The most fascinating Dark Windows publication to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At An Angle Far Away 28 Oct 2013
By J from NY - Published on Amazon.com
Weighing in at 188 pages, this issue of Patricide--one of the most illuminating and enthusiastic mags we now have regarding Surrealism in dialectic and practice--explores the concept of "The Outsider Artist". I have to admit that I was initially skeptical of this issue's theme, if only because I've always been a bit skeptical of the concept of "Outsider Art" for awhile now. What can it mean, really? That a person is "outside" of the mainstream doesn't necessarily give them more of a vantage point on aesthetics than, say, someone with a bad left knee. What matters, in the end, is the talent and work put into the art, not the artist's position in life.

This issue gave me a frank reminder of why this kind of rigid logic is not always enough. "Mystery and Meaning in Outsider Art" by Roger Cardinal is a good reminder that the reason we have "schools" like Surrealism, Dada, et al et al are indeed *because* of, rather than *in spite of*, individuals who fall on the margins of society. "Art Beyond Language & Intellect," an interview with Henry Boxer, "Inside the Outsiders by John Holt", "Art Therapy: Grappling With Significance, Signs of Presence by the aforementioned Roger Cardinal, "The Outsider" by Michael Paysden and "The Unwitting" by Edward Knight all give some solid relationality to the idea that if these individuals (many of whom suffer from bipolar disorder, panic and social anxiety, and a host of issues which have localized them into actual original thought and art through sometimes painful isolation) we would simply not have original perspectives much of the time. The truth about "Outsider Art", like so many things, is somewhere in the middle, and the Audacity of the Bizarre is to be found in these pages. Recommended.
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