Backyard Visionaries

Backyard Visionaries : Grassroots Art in the Midwest

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Grassroots art (sometimes referred to as "outsider art") has been variously described as "eccentric, " "unschooled, " "self-taught, " "primitive, " and "raw." Such art is characterized by the use of common, unconventional, or castoff materials; hodge-podge styles; ambitious scale; whimsical expression; and a creative impulse concerned more with the artist's own pleasure than with critical reception of the work itself. Written by members of the Kansas Grassroots Art Association - the oldest organization in t country dedicated to preserving such sites - Backyard Visionaries describes the authors' personal experiences of the artists and their work as well as the artists' cultural contexts and influences. More than 150 photographs, many in color, capture the unusual creations of this fascinating group of artists, and a chapter on preservation tells how we can help maintain the sites.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 205.5 x 287.8 x 19.1mm | 952.56g
  • University Press of Kansas
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 40 colour photographs, 125 b&w photographs
  • 0700609040
  • 9780700609048

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-A joy to read from start to finish. Backyard Visionaries introduces us to the unsung 'makers'--for they rarely considered themselves artists--who have built exceptional environments throughout the Midwest. At first we may regard them as fascinating curiosities, or what one author calls the 'noble savages of the art world, ' working with unrestricted freedom outside the boundaries of artistic and social convention. But the authors reach for a deeper understanding and open our minds to the endlessly intriguing questions these 'makers' inspire.---Elizabeth Broun, Director, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institutionshow more

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