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Outsider Art Library

First coined by Roger Cardinal in the 1970s, "Outsider art" is an umbrella term for art made by the mentally ill—art that is distinguished by visionary and/or obsessive qualities, or the development of fantasy worlds and individual mythologies. Below is a selection of our leading titles on outsider artists, from the 18th-micrographic marvels of Matthias Buchinger to Horst Ademeit's Polaroid photographs of unseen negative forces permeating everyday objects.

Curated Libraries by Movement and Subject Area


Books on African American ArtistsA Library of Women ArtistsDanish Design and Architecture BooksOutsider Art LibraryClassic Photobooks

AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS

WOMEN ARTISTS

DANISH DESIGN

OUTSIDER ART

CLASSIC PHOTOBOOKS

Pop Art BookshelfProduct Design BookshelfPerformance Art BookshelfA Bauhaus LibraryA Surrealist Bookshelf

POP ART

PRODUCT DESIGN BOOKSHELF

PERFORMANCE ART

BAUHAUS

SURREALISM

A Dada LibraryContemporary Figurative PaintingModern and Contemporary DrawingPhotography: PhotojournalismPhotography: Polaroids

DADA

CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE PAINTING

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY DRAWING

PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOJOURNALISM

PHOTOGRAPHY: POLAROIDS

A Feminist Art BookshelfGraphic Design BookshelfPhotography: New TopographicsFilm & The Performing Arts BookshelfA Sound Art Bookshelf

FEMINIST ART

GRAPHIC DESIGN BOOKSHELF

PHOTOGRAPHY: NEW TOPOGRAPHICS

FILM & THE PERFORMING ARTS

SOUND ART

Collage & Photomontage LibraryArchitecture: Key Books on International ArchitectureAn Urban Studies BookshelfGerman Expressionism LibraryA Curator's Bookshelf

COLLAGE & PHOTOMONTAGE

ARCHITECTURE: ESSENTIAL BOOKS

URBAN STUDIES

GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM

CURATORIAL STUDIES

Contemporary Sculpture LibraryA Print Collector's LibraryPacific Standard TimeThe Pictures GenerationBeautiful Losers

CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

PRINTS & GRAPHICS

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

PICTURES GENERATION

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

Nouveau Realisme A Sustainable Design BookshelfIndependent FilmA Relational Aesthetics BookshelfConceptual Art Library

NOUVEAU REALISME

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

INDEPENDENT FILM

RELATIONAL AESTHETICS

CONCEPTUAL ART

Lee Friedlander LibraryArtist's Books LibraryEssential Photography Reference Books

LEE FRIEDLANDER LIBRARY

ARTISTS BOOKS

ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHY REFERENCE BOOKS

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