W. J. T. MITCHELL is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English and Art History, University of Chicago.
Inside Out: Reflections on Outsider ArtBy W.J.T. Mitchell
The more the category of the “outsider artist” becomes a hot topic for curators and a prized commodity for collectors, the less coherent it becomes. The category is beset by two incommensurate definitions, the first concerning training, the second involving social status and psychiatric labels.