outsider art • art brut • the unclassifiable • the avant-avant-garde
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SO EXACTLY WHAT ARE WE UP TO HERE?
WELL WE’RE INTERESTED IN FORMS OF ART AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION THAT BREAK THE MOLD; THAT ARE FRESH, DIFFERENT, EXPERIMENTAL, DARING, AND DEFY FAMILIAR LABELS; AND THAT, FOR ALL THEIR INNOVATION OR FAR-OUT FORM, UNABASHEDLY CELEBRATE AND REAFFIRM THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
Left to right: Social-welfare organizations in Japan offering art studios for people with disabilities, in which they are allowed complete creative freedom and opportunities to explore different materials and art-making techniques; left: Kobo Shu in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo; center and right: Atelier Corners, in Osaka. Photos by Edward M. Gómez
JAPANESE SOCIAL-WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS AND ART BRUT