Art Out: Outsider Art Fair

Art Out: Outsider Art Fair

Helen Toomer, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Helen Toomer, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Last night, over 2,500 fair-goers attended the opening day of the 27th edition of the Outsider Art Fair, the only fair dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art from around the world.

Guests representing the art, culture, fashion, and entertainment milieu attended an early preview held at the The Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in New York City, including Actresses Edie Falco, Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Marvel, and Susan Sarandon; Musicians Jack AntonoffLee RanaldoAndy Rourke; Artists Maurizio CattelanHugo Guinness, and Peter McGough; Curators Jason BuschMatthew HiggsJeanne GreenbergAnne PasternakValérie RousseauStephanie Stebich, and Max Hollein; Collectors Monty Blanchard & Leslie TcheyanMichael & Eileen CohenMarty & Rebecca EisenbergAgnes Gund, and Jacqueline Schnabel.

"We are thrilled with the turnout. Our booth has gotten lovely reaction," said Susan Baerwald of Just Folk, who sold two artworks by outsider art staple Bill Traylor with an estimated value of $85-100,000 each. "We've had a very successful opening," she concluded. "I never thought I would be here, and I thank the fair immensely for giving me this incredibly opportunity," said first-time exhibitor Michelle Maccarone, who presented the work of Jim Carrey. The response has been overwhelmingly positive toward Jim's work, and the context could not be more perfect. This is a fair that is really about art."

Highlights this year are two hallmark OAF Curated Spaces, including Good Kids: Underground Comics from China, featuring zines and original drawings created by Chinese artists, co-organized by Brett Littman (Director, Noguchi Museum, New York) and Yi Zhou (partner and curator of C5Art Gallery, Beijing); and a second exhibition serving as an homage to the late dealer Phyllis Kind, curated by art critic Edward M. Gómez. In her obituary for the New York Times, Roberta Smith made this observation: “As the first American dealer to show outsider art alongside that of contemporary artists, Ms. Kind was in many ways as important as Leo Castelli…”

Additional guests included:

Ted AllenRobert AloiaIan AlteveerAnita AntoniniEric AppelEdgar BatistaShai BaitelPeter BeardAlain BerdouareDamon BrandtMaureen BrayAlix BrownGabriel Catone & Bruce CohenRicky CliftonCheryl DunnSara DriverPari EhsanSophie ElgortEric FirestoneJoel FitzpatrickCharles GeppAlexander GorlizkiMaggie GriseBob GruenNish de GruiterChristina JappRebecca JampolAnna KarlinCarlotta KohlChristine KuanTali LennoxBrett LittmanSydie LansingKaren MartaChris MartinNicolas MirzayantzJose ParlaJamel RobinsonJane Kaplowitz RosenblumLissa RiveraAurel SchmidtAndres SerranoDaphne SeyboldEmma Snowdon-JonesSarah SuzukiCamilla de TerreEve Therond, and Ron Warren.

Metropolitan Pavilion:

125 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

Open to the Public:

Friday, January 18th: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm 

Saturday, January 19th: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm 

Sunday, January 20th: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sandy Smith, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Sandy Smith, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Kambel Smith, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Kambel Smith, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Jack Antonoff and guest, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Jack Antonoff and guest, Photo by Darian DiCianno

Susan Sarandon, Photo by Olya Vysotskaya

Susan Sarandon, Photo by Olya Vysotskaya

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