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Folk Art, Outsider Art and Related Terms: An Overview

Posted by Anca Tutescu on

Folk Art, Outsider Art and Related Terms: An Overview

In the previous blog posts we used some art terminology that we realized may not be familiar to all our readers, and is sometimes hard to distinguish even for specialists! I thought it would be helpful to create an overview about some of the art terms you will encounter in our artist spotlights. If you're interested to learn about this topic, read on!   Outsider Art Outsider art is made by self-taught or naïve artists who typically have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger...

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Mary Tillman Smith's Bold Lines

Posted by Greene Rollins on

Mary Tillman Smith's Bold Lines

Mary T. Smith (Image: William Arnett, 1987) "Untitled", Mary T. Smith, 1980; Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio Mary T. Smith in her yard; Photo: William Arnett Mary T. Smith was always an artist. Born the third of thirteen children to a sharecropper in Copiah County Mississippi in 1904, she started her life doing farmwork with her siblings. Her early life, according to her sister Elizabeth, began with hours of backbreaking work: “We helped our father on the farm. We struggled on the land. We were raising cabbages, tomatoes, beans, stuff like that. We wrapped vegetables, packed them in boxes, shipped them....

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