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W.J.T. Mitchell

W. J. T. MITCHELL is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English and Art History, University of Chicago.

Inside Out: Reflections on Outsider Art

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.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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