I want to thank Elizabeth Fens for directing me to Turning the Art World Inside Out, an important documentary that every creative person should watch, specially visual artists. This link will take you to a series of 5 videos (they split up the documentary into 5 videos), to watch them all without interruption just click where it says:
Below I’m featuring one of the artists mentioned in Turning the Art World Inside Out.
“Carlo Zinelli (1916-74), is one of the most fascinating and complex personalities among the more important artists whose works reflect the ideas of l’art brut elaborated by Jean Dubuffet, those spontaneous and autonomous creations conceived without reference to models of artistic-visual culture and outside the commercial art world. His work is unusual not only for its exceptional inventiveness and stylistic independence – seen in the paintings of figures, writings and signs made between 1957 and 1974, with their extraordinary variety of forms, colours and combinations – but also for the aesthetic and cultural components that form it, which would seem to contradict his modest origins and the circumstances in which his art developed.”–Maria Azzola Inaudi
Zinelli, who suffered from schizophrenia, developed his work in the last 15 years of his life interned in a psychiatric hospital. He is recognized as an important figure in the Art Brut . The documentary that I mentioned above will tell you more about this fascinating artist, but also about other one-of-a-kind individuals considered “outsider artists“.
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Thank you for posting the video links. I am a teacher who works with children who have moderate to severe disabilities, and while I was a little upset at first that the artwork acceptance seemed to only focus on individuals with disabilities, the comments from the collectors and gallery owners really focused on the creative talents of each individual artist for what they were creating. It makes me very happy that attitudes are slowly changing to allow people to be who they are completely and not be defined only with their disability. Such incredible talent was displayed! Thank you again, for this post which made me smile, and for your wonderful website, which treats me so many wondrous things happening in the world!
Great post, thank you !
I missed this somehow. I’m making my way through the documentary right now. I really loved the comment “I’m just being useful.”
This blog is a wonderfully joyous source of inspiration! Thank you!!
I remember a short animated video that I shared with others from your
website. But I cannot find it anymore–Is it still here somewhere?
I have found lots of other fascinating posts searching for it, but would very much like to share it again with others if it is available.
Peace and Creativity, Sandra