First published: Spring 2002
There are many reasons why we cannot simply speak about art without a prefix, when there are labels for every type or genre of visual creativity, art historical movement and cultural and sub cultural artistic behavior. Nevertheless, it seems that we in the folk/outsider/self-taught worlds have always been working from a subsidiary position, asking can’t these works be more than mere tokens, can’t they be admitted into the canon of art?
What would it take for us to talk about these works simply as art? It would need a challenge to the current franchise holder of the term, the so-called art world, or more accurately, the fine art world.