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Self-Taught & Visionary Art in New Zealand

This website has been created as a result of Massey University funded research carried out by curator Stuart Shepherd into New Zealand Self-Taught and Visionary art.

The research included a nation-wide survey and the collection of over 3000 slides of 2- and 3-dimensional works from previously unknown artists.

This website aims to create a context for these (and subsequently documented) works, by way of a proposed taxonomy and publication of critical writing on the forms, artists and exhibitions…

About this site



Beyond The Law
Art historian and curator Richard Wolfe charts the relationship between academic and outsider art, taking in Modernist engagement with the primitive and New Zealand’s forays into exhibiting self-taught art.
7 Mar 2006

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