Regular readers will know AFC has been interested in the Outsider Art Fair this year. The history, for those who aren’t aware is worth noting too. Founded by Sanford Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair soon became a critical and commercial success and the leading, annual event in the field of Outsider, Self-Taught and Folk Art. Recognized for its maverick spirit, the fair played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community as crowds flocked annually to New York’s Puck Building, the event’s original site during its first 15 years.
Under Wide Open Arts, a new company formed by art dealer Andrew Edlin, the Outsider Art Fair has moved to Chelsea at the site of the former Dia Foundation and will continue to provide a dynamic atmosphere for dealers to showcase compelling and unusual artworks. Visitors to the fair can expect to find prime examples of works by both legendary and newly discovered artists.
The upcoming 21st edition of the fair will host 40 dealers, 10 of whom will be exhibiting for the first time. They include former SITE Santa Fe director Laura Steward, New York’s Laurel Gitlen, Feature Inc., Kinz + Tillou and Vito Schnabel. Rob Tufnell (London), Galérie du Marché (Lausanne) and Pan American Art Projects (Miami) will also be making their OAF debuts in 2013. For a full listing of exhibitors visit outsiderartfair.com.
For the first time, the fair will also host two guest-curated booths featuring solo exhibitions of the renowned Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto and the North Carolina-based artist and creator of the fictitious country, Rocaterrania, Renaldo Kuhler.
A daily program of panel discussions, organized by art historian/curator Valérie Rousseau and will include the participation of Daniel Baumann, Massimiliano Gioni, Ralph Rugoff, Dr. Gail A. Hornstein, Dr. Thomas Röske, Dr. Kent Minturn and Mario Del Curto.
The Outsider Art Fair will take place from January 31 through February 3 at Center548, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011.
Use the promo code “ afc” to reserve a complimentary 1-day ticket to the fair.