I ATTENDED A lecture on “outsider art” in Philadelphia. The setting was an ideal one for the topic – in the workshop of Isaiah Zagar, the artist who created the folk art environment called the Magic Gardens in Philadelphia.
“Outsider art” is a term that is also used to describe what Jean Dubuffet called “art brut,” which translated means “raw art.” Dubuffet came up with the phrase to describe art created by those without professional training and creating art outside of the “normal” society like prisoners and psychiatric patients. It is also sometimes called folk art or naive art. And the outdoor installations can be “visionary environments.” Depending on who you speak to and what place you’re talking about, a differing name may apply.