from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Art produced by artists without formal training, especially by ones who work in an idiosyncratic style and are relatively isolated from mainstream artistic trends.

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  • noun a genre of art and outdoor constructions made by untrained artists who do not recognize themselves as artists


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  • On the vexed question of the definition see 'Sadly we find today that many use the term in the loosest way, to refer to almost any untrained artist. It is simply not enough to be untrained, clumsy or naive. Outsider Art is virtually synonomous with Art Brut in both spirit and meaning, to that rarity of art produced by those who do not know its name.'

    November 11, 2007