Outsider?

May 1, 2014 to June 18, 2014

“Outsider?, timed to run concurrently with the 2014 Outsider Art Fair, aims to continue the dialogue addressing the question of what is ‘outsider art’ today, when all creative processes and mental illnesses are being redefined,” said Stoffel, an art historian and museum specialist. “Can and how does mental illness define the creative process? If we know beforehand that this is work by people with mental illness, does that change our perception of it?”

A seasoned collector of emerging art, Stoffel, who serves on the Fountain Gallery Advisory Board, works with contemporary artists on professional development and sees no difference between the temperament and creative output of artists with mental illness compared with other artists struggling with their oeuvres. Stoffel concurs with New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, who wrote in a February 2013 review of last year’s Outsider Art Fair: "Which brings us to the horrible Rubicon that still separates so-called ‘outsider,’ ‘self-taught,’ and ‘visionary’ art from institutionally sanctioned official art. It's time to integrate ‘outsider art’ into permanent collections and erase that distinction for good.” 

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