19. - 22. January 2017 New York


The Only Art Fair Focussing on Self-taught Art

The Outsider Art Fair is the original art fair specific to self-taught art created outside the mainstream. Founded in 1993 by Sandy Smith, OAF soon became a critical and commercial success. Recognized for its maverick spirit, the fair has played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community and for expanding the awareness and recognition of self-taught art in the mainstream art world.

Although the roots of Outsider Art can be traced back thousands of years, it is most useful to look back to its most recent precursor, art brut (Raw Art) to hear the most vital articulations of its true spirit. In his 1947 manifesto, French artist and curator Jean Dubuffet coined the term art brut as follows: "We understand by this term works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part (contrary to the activities of intellectuals)."

Over the years, the parameters of Outsider Art have expanded dramatically to include art made by a wide variety of art-makers who share this common denominator of raw creativity. Outsiders come from all walks of life, from all cultures, from all age groups. This year’s fair will celebrate the diverse nationalities and backgrounds of its presented artists, from First Nation artists to the Japanese creators; tribal art from India and Aboriginal art, artists from New York, Brazil and Hawaii.

The 25th Anniversary Edition runs from January 19-22 at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, showcasing 66 galleries, representing 29 cities from 9 countries, with 8 first-time exhibitors.

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