Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art Annotated Bibliography

Publications and Films of the 20th Century

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About the Book

Outsider art (self-taught art, folk art) is made up of paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, and idiosyncratic gardens and other outdoor constructions created by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to mainstream recognition or the marketplace. Interest in the field has increased tremendously since the beginning of the 1990s, and there are now several major periodicals, numerous large yearly auctions, and dozens of museums and galleries devoted to the field.
This annotated guide contains entries for books and exhibition catalogs, periodicals, newspapers, and films about self-taught artists and their art. Books on every theme and point of view are listed here, including reference books, biographies, exhibition publications of all sizes, picture books, and books meant for children.
Publications from the entire century, through 1999, are included. All annotations are meant to describe the contents of the material cited, and to list the artists referred to in the book or article. This book is fully and artfully indexed for easy reference.

About the Author(s)

Brooklyn College Professor Emerita Betty-Carol Sellen has written numerous books in the fields of librarianship and reference. She is on the Board of Directors for Art Enables (Washington, D.C.) and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Folk Art Society of America. A recipient of the Folk Art Society Award of Distinction, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The late Cynthia J. Johanson was a Folk Art Society of America and American Library Association member. She was division chief at the Library of Congress and lived in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johanson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 348
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1056-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1087-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“pithy, straightforward, and a delight to read…highly recommended”—Booklist; “the most remarkable aspect of the bibliography is its attention to newspaper and magazine articles, catalogs for minor venues, and film and video. Exactly the sorts of sources necessary for understanding the reception of this art, these are often the hardest to find…index includes a comprehensive reference to every artist mentioned in every entry, researchers in quest of information about individuals will find this aspect of the bibliography very useful…recommended”—Choice; “provides bibliographic information with a short one-paragraph annotation for books and exhibition catalogs, periodical articles, newspaper articles, and films and videos that address outsider art and folk art”—ARBA; “this excellent Annotated Bibliography is as easy to use as its previously published companion volume, Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources…an authoritative reference source”—Raw Vision; “useful…helpful annotations…invaluable…completely cross-indexed…easy to use…the folk art community’s gratitude to Sellen and Johanson is immeasurable”—Folk Art Messenger; “useful”—Reference & Research Book News.