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Visionary Art.

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Visionary art is art that purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences.



[edit] Definition

The American Visionary Art Museum defines Visionary art as "....art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself." In short, Visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices and inner perception of the soul.[1]> It goes on to say that visionary art is a product of an inner process, and may not even be thought of as art by its creator; it also differentiates Visionary art from Folk art.
Both trained and self-taught (or outsider) artists have, and continue to create visionary works, refining and training with intensity. This further fuels the argument that the American Visionary Art Museum definition is a misplaced definition for what is simply known as “outsider", or “naive” art, though they do occasionally show artists from the continually defined genre. Additionally, many visionary artists of this type are actively engaged in spiritual practices, and some have drawn inspiration from hallucinogenic intoxication.
Walter Schurian, professor at the University of Münster, is quick to point out the difficulties in describing visionary art as if it were a discrete genre, since "it is difficult to know where to start and where to stop. Recognized trends have all had their fantastic component, so demarcation is apt to be fuzzy."
Despite this ambiguity, there does seem to be emerging some definition to what constitutes the contemporary visionary art 'scene' and which artists can be considered especially influential. Contemporary visionary artists count Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Morris Graves (of the Pacific Northwest School of Visionary Art), Emil Bisttram, and Gustave Moreau amongst their antecedents. Symbolism, Surrealism and Psychedelic art are also direct precursors to contemporary visionary art.

[edit] Schools and organizations

The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, which includes Ernst Fuchs and Arik Brauer, is also to be considered an important technical and philosophical catalyst in its strong influence upon the contemporary visionary culture. It may also be considered the European version, with the names being interchangeable.
The Society for the Art of Imagination, founded by Brigid Marlin serves as an important portal for visionary art events. More recently, a new wave of visionary artists collaborate to function as modern cooperatives involved in self-publishing and promotion of visionary artists through the internet and via festivals such as Burning Man and Boom Festival, and exhibition/ritual spaces such as Temple of Visions, Tribe 13, Synergenesis and the Interdimensional Art Movement.

[edit] Artists

[edit] Historic

[edit] Contemporary

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ "What Is Visionary Art?". The American Visionary Art Museum. Baltimore, MD, USA: American Visionary Art Museum. http://www.avam.org/stuff-everyone-asks/what-is-visionary-art.shtml. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Celestial Visitations The Art of Gilbert Williams (Pomegranate Artbooks) ISBN 0-517-53900-4, 1979

[edit] Sources

  • Cosmic Art Ramond & Lila Piper (Hawthorne Books) ISBN 0-8015-1774-5, 1975
  • Celestial Visitations The Art of Gilbert Williams (Pomegranate Artbooks) ISBN 0-517-53900-4, 1979
  • Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey", Carlo McCormick, Inner Traditions International, 1990
  • Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond John Maizels,ISBN 0-7148-3149-2, 1996
  • The Art of Adolf Wolfli Elka Spoerri, Daniel Baumann and E. M. Gomez, ISBN 0-691-11498-6, 2003
  • Nothing Is True - Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin John Geiger, (The Disinformation Company), 130. ISBN 19328571251, 2005
  • Fantastic Art (Taschen) ( Schurian, Prof. Dr. Walter) ISBN 978-3-8228-2954-7 (English edition), 2005
  • True Visions (Erik Davis and Pablo Echaurren) (Betty Books) ISBN 88-902372-0-1, 2006
  • Metamorphosis: 50 Contemporary Surreal, Fantastic and Visionary Artists (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8, 2007

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[edit] External links

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