By Kate Crehan
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Free Form as an organization, for instance, would have a long, if at times fractious, relationship with the major source of arts funding in Britain, the Arts Moving beyond the Gallery 31 Council. For twenty five years, it received a revenue grant from the Arts Council, and, while the economic significance of this grant became less important over the years, it always represented an important symbolic recognition on the part of the curatoriat. The artists may have turned their backs on the institutions of the gallery world that organize the production and distribution of art, but their relationship to the art world’s aesthetic criteria was more complex.
In contemporary Britain, virtually everyone has had some exposure to the art world, whether through a school trip to an art gallery, Sister Wendy or some other pundit explaining the old masters on television, or images used in advertisements. 12 In reality, the heterogeneous bundle of rules and beliefs about art that have entrenched themselves at the level of common sense and that for the curatoriat demonstrate the problem with popular taste—as exemplified, for instance, by the schadenfreude that greeted the Momart fire—reflects in some form or other criteria laid down by earlier generations of art theorists.
Just as the art world is a shaping presence even for those who never set foot in a gallery, so, too, the artworks produced by artists who turn their back on the established art world remain in a certain sense within that art world conversation. The limit case of outsider artists—an interesting term in itself—is instructive here. While they may be autodidacts, most socalled outsider artists do nonetheless have some links with the general art discourse; the very fact that they themselves often call what they produce ‘art’ suggests as much.