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Why Create Art When No One Will See It?

Fritz Kistel was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that I can’t help but admire him: He created for himself.

Mahtani, Sunil. “Arts tourism flourishes in Knowlton area.” Arts and Entertainment Magazine (July 14-21, 1995).

The New Yorker

[Outsider artists] create art “as a way to realize their inner vision and to deal with the possible trauma or hardship that they’ve lived through.”


Invitation Card, 1998. C13 D2 651 1998. La Guilde’s Archives, Montréal, Canada.


Fritz on the beach, 2012. Photograph courtesy of the author.