EU shipping is temporarily suspended

Outsider Art (World of Art)

Art Brut and its Affinities

Colin Rhodes


An updated and substantially revised edition of this comprehensive introduction to outsider art

See Inside


Outsider art is work created by self-taught isolates, untrained visionaries, spiritualists, folk artists, psychiatric patients, prisoners, and others beyond the imposed margins of society and the art market. Coined by Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English equivalent for Jean Dubuffet’s category of ‘art brut’ – literally ‘raw art’ – and originally regarded as defining a distinctly western phenomenon, the term has come to encompass a wide variety of work produced across the world.

In this indispensable guide, substantially revised and updated with greater coverage of global practitioners, Colin Rhodes surveys the history and reception of outsider art, while providing fresh insights into the achievements of both major figures and recently discovered artists. From now canonical and widely celebrated artists including Nek Chand, Aloïse Corbaz, Henry Darger, Madge Gill and Adolf Wölfli, to contemporary practitioners such as Noviadi Angkasapura, Marilena Pelosi and Shinichi Sawada, these individuals passionately and obsessively pursue the pictorial expression of their vision.

Read More


'The best-informed and most lucid account of Outsider Art'
Roger Cardinal

'Seeks to illustrate, describe, and give coherence to the concept of Outsider Art … Nicely illustrated and well written'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 6 October 2022

ISBN: 9780500204863

Contents List

Introduction 1. Art Brut and its Affinities 2. Psychopathological Art 3. Alternative Worlds 4. Self-Taught Visionaries 5. Other Positions 6. The Contemporary Turn

About the Author

Colin Rhodes is a writer, artist and educator. He has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, and is a specialist on expressionism, primitivism and outsider art. He is author of Primitivism & Modern Art (1994), Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (2000) and The World According to Roger Ballen (2019), all published by Thames & Hudson. He has worked in universities in the UK and Australia and is currently Distinguished Professor at Hunan Normal University, China.