The Outsider Art Fair was founded in 1993 and features the works of established and upcoming or contemporary “outsider artists” — those who are self-taught or create artworks outside established circles and institutions. The term was first coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet (called “art brut” or “raw art”); the fair has featured the works of acclaimed creators like Henry Darger, who made hundreds of paintings and illustrations of his “Vivian Girls” battling imaginary foes. Now in its 26th year, the NYC event will showcase more exciting artists from 63 galleries, representing 35 cities from seven countries, with 10 first-time exhibitors. From a press release:
The fair is pleased to welcome several new and dynamic presentations this year, including the Plains Indian Ledger Drawings from the 19th and the early 20th century at Donald Ellis Gallery; Norman Brosterman’s presentation of hand-painted, woven baskets attributed to Plains Indian inmates incarcerated at the Iowa State Penitentiary; and a series of miniature terracotta figurines by Canadian artist Jordan Maclachlan at Marion Harris. As always, the Outsider Art Fair will offer visitors the opportunity to see artworks from internationally acclaimed figures such as Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at Carl Hammer; Minnie Evans at Luise Ross; Bill Traylor at Cavin-Morris; Martin Ramirez at Ricco Maresca and Thornton Dial at Fred Giampietro.
Also featured in the fair are “ex-voto sculptures unique to Brazil’s Afro-Indigenous-European culture at Mariposa Unusual Art; and a collection of works by self-taught artists from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at Indigo Arts. Korea Art Brut and Beijing’s Almost Art Project will make their OAF debuts, as will Antillean, who will present work by three Jamaican artists, each of whom use found materials to evoke shanty village life. Drawings by New Zealand’s Susan Te Kahurangi King will be the subject of a solo presentation at Chris Byrne and the sensational ceramic sculptures of Shinichi Sawada will be shown in New York for the first time at Jennifer Lauren Gallery.”