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January 29-February 1st, 2015
Thursday
3-6 PM Early Access
6-9 PM Vernissage

Friday 11 AM – 8PM
Saturday 11 AM – 8PM
Sunday 11 AM – 6PM

The Outsider Art Fair opened Thursday evening in New York at Center 548. Already in its 23rd year, the event offers a diverse range of works and programming. In addition to a wide swath of booths–over 50 galleries are participating from 27 international cities–the fair features an engaging space “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day” curated by Anne Doran and former dealer Jay Gorney. Additional highlights include Haitian works from the collection of filmmaker Jonathan Demme courtesy of Arte del Pueblo gallery, drawings of marching bands by New Orleans artist Bruce Davenport Jr., and sculptures by Jerry the Marble Faun, the former Grey Gardens gardener for the East Hampton Beale residence.

Bruce Davenport

Bruce Davenport

READart attended the vernissage on Jan 29th to explore the fair.  After floating in and out of booths, we struck up a conversation with gallery director David Fierman from Louis B. James.  Naturally, the topic of Outsider Art surfaced, and we discussed various definitions of the term. Fierman offered, “Within the context of today’s market, the term ‘Outsider Art’ is changing and increasingly expanding its scope. The director of the [Outsider Art] fair Becca Hoffman aptly stated that Outsider Art is an umbrella term which encompasses a wide range of types and styles of art…Some of these artists have mental afflictions, and some do not…Mostly, Outsider Artists can be defined as ‘self taught’, meaning those who make work without the training of the art-school system.”

 

The jury is still out on whether or not Outsider Art has become “Insider.”

Karel Havlicek

Karel Havlicek

Lubos Plny

Lubos Plny