Artist As Outlaw Day

Artists as Outlaw Day is a holiday that’s observed on the 19th of January and differentiates between popular artists and those artists who are doing what some people would call “subversive art.”

These are the artists who are pushing the limits of art and doing so while making bold statements about humanity, art, and society. This is art that’s designed to make the public question the principles and value of a system that’s in place.

It’s designed to not just question these systems, however. This form of art is designed to lead directly to social change. Art that is not only designed to make a change in the viewer, but also in the society in which it exists.

The History Of Artists As Outlaw Day

At this time, we’re unable to uncover the history of Artists as Outlaw Day. We believe that it was created sometime after 2000, but we’re not exactly sure of the exact date. We’re also unsure of who created this holiday or why it was created. It could’ve been created in honor of the artist Banksy — an England-based street artists whose identity has remained unconfirmed.

Some Outlaw Artists To Consider

Since we’re on the subject of outlaw artists, we thought that we’d take the time to list a few of them that we think people will appreciate. With that being said, check out the following “subversive” artists and see if their work speaks to you.

  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Adrian Piper
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Eva Hesse
  • James Luna
  • Emory Douglas

Observing Artists As Outlaw Day

Artists as Outlaw Day is a holiday that can be observed by anyone and everyone. For art fans, it’s a day to search out the work of subversive artists, and for subversive artists, it’s a day to present their work to the world. Regardless of which camp a person falls into, people should take the time to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #ArtistsAsOutlawDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
January 19 Thursday
Next year (2024)
January 19 Friday
Last year (2022)
January 19 Wednesday
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