Once the sidewalks are shoveled, we have no excuse. AFC’s Paddy Johnson curated a show; Busby Berkeley screens at Light Industry; politicians will be confronted about gentrification, among other picks.
2013 was a good year for the Outsider Art Fair. The fair tripled its attendence, with crowds swelling to 9,500 visitors, up from 3,200 last year. Then, throughout the weekend, critics-of-note Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith glowingly praised the fair—several times I overheard conversations by dealers dropping soundbites from those articles. Finally, most importantly, work was selling, and selling quick.
Regular readers will know AFC has been interested in the Outsider Art Fair this year. 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 provide dealers a gorgeous venue to showcase compelling and unusual artworks. AFC has a great deal for readers who want to check out the fair. Use the promo code “ afc” to reserve a complimentary 1-day ticket to the fair.
“It’s singular. It’s the only one,” Andrew Edlin told me about the Outsider Art Fair. Edlin’s been running the twenty-year-old art fair since his newly formed company Wide Open Arts purchased it back in August. It opens in the former Dia building, now Center 548, over the weekend of January 31st, and according to Edlin we’ll see some deep changes.
The Outsider Art Fair, one of the most high-profile annual exhibitions of folk and self-taught artists, will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary this weekend. The fair has long been a hotbed for presenting interesting outsider art from around the world and trends within the field, and from the looks of the schedule, this year’s fair – which opens this Friday, January 27, and runs through Sunday the 29th – will be no exception.