This book reproduces some 150 pieces from the Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art. Some of the pieces are fanciful, even whimsical. Others are haunting in their unembellished depiction of vulnerability and terror. Some exhibit a childlike simplicity; others are almost sculpted in their precision and clarity.
Self-Taught and Outsider Art presents the artworks in conjunction with portraits, usually photographs, of the artists and brief biographical sketches. In some cases, a friend or patron provides an anecdote about the artist. Taken together, these offer an intimate glimpse of the process by which art emerges from experience.