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Wild Art - Art outside the art world

  • Phaidon - Wild Art
November 12, 2013

There is art, and then there is wild art. Wild art is art that is too offbeat, outrageous, kitsch, quirky or funky to ‘make it’ in the formal Art World of galleries and museums.

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Street art piece by Glue Society

From pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture, flash mobs, burlesque acts, portraits made from bottle tops, dresses made from meat, paintings made by animals, light shows, carnivals and giant artworks that can only be truly appreciated from the air, this book has them all.

There is art by and for everyone in this book. From skaters, surfer and club kids to environmental activists, tattoo artists, foodies and wild architects, no-one is excluded.

The 350 extraordinary artworks featured here are often moving, funny or shocking, celebrating the beauty and art in everything.

Wild Art will be a visual exploration of everything and anything from outside the exclusive and rarefied spectrum of the ‘Art World’.

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Au Vieux Panier Hotel

It will present a highly illustrated account of the most exciting examples of the vast multitude of ‘other’ art worlds – mostly left unmentioned within the professional art literature – that proliferate outside the boundaries of the Art World. The art that most professionals – art critics, art historians, artists, auctioneers, collectors and dealers tend to ignore.

At its heart, this book raises the question of what constitutes ‘art’ by celebrating the artists and art forms that are usually ignored by the art establishment.

Envisaged as a chunky, bold and brash book, Wild Art will feature 480 pages of extraordinary things that defy taste and art world standards of acceptability. A panoply of ‘artistic creations’ made outside the Art World, including erotic paintings, sand sculptures, ice sculptures, body art, customized cars, art made out of food, discarded drink cans, minuscule pin-heads sculptures, crazy Christmas lights, pavement art and much more. Featuring 350 captioned images, a text introduction and chapter introductions, Wild Art, celebrates the very best, bizarre and brilliant from the world of ‘outsider art’.

Buy A Wild Art copy here.


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Street Art Truck
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Anarchy in the UK
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Haroshi – Shark from skate decks

Retrieved from: Phaidon

Pictures retrieved from: Phaidon Club