- 139 pages
- Outsider Art, Outsider Music and the Philosophy of Incompetence
- David Laraway
- 16 May 2017 David Laraway
Bad Art Fascinates Us There Is Something At Once Compelling And Troubling About The Creative Visions Of Artists Who Are Unwilling Or Unable To Conform To The Conventions Of Their Craft But Does Our Interest Stem From A Sense Of Schadenfreude An Enjoyment Of Their Expressive Misfires From A Comfortably Ironic Distance Or Do We Appreciate Their Unschooled Authenticity The Author Argues That The Works Of Outsider Artists Such As The Shaggs, Royal Robertson, Daniel Johnston And Henry Darger Cannot Be Understood Through Familiar Debates About Irony And Sincerity What Is Often Thought To Be Incompetence May Provide Us With An Essential Clue To Questions Of Philosophical And Ethical Order.