If your tastes in art range from folky and visionary to surreal and paranoid, head over to the annual fair devoted to self-taught artists, where you'll find all of that and more hosted by some of the best art galleries in the world. On tap are works presented by 50 international galleries from 27 cities representing 8 countries—including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed-media and photography. Also on view: A special exhibition spotlighting five artists (Melvin Way, Emery Blagdon, Adolf Wölfli, Mark Lombardi and the Philadelphia Wireman) curated by art dealer Jay Gorney and artist, writer and Time Out contributor Anne Doran. Don’t miss one of New York's seminal art events.
Outsider Art Fair 2015
Wesner LaForest, Drumming, 1959. Oil on Masonite, 24 x 20 inches
John Brill (b. 1951 NJ), Plasma, 2013.pigmented inkjet print on 100% cotton paper, with UV-shielding varnish image c. 5" x 41⁄2"; sheet 81⁄2“ x 11”
Henry Darger, Are Seized by Pursueing [sic] Glandelinians. 19 x 48 inches overall (image is detail of one panel)carbon transfer and watercolor on paper
Melvin Edward Nelson, Planetscape #2, n/d. mineral pigment, watercolor on paper18 x 24 inches / 45.7 x 61 cm
Emery Blagdon, Untitled, c. 1956 – 1984.Paint, steel/board13 x 9.75 in (33.0 x 24.8 cm)
Larry Lewis, Untitled (Woman with Urn), c. 1970. mixed media on paper21in x 36 inches / 53.34cm x 91.44cm
Andrew Frieder, Untitled (Fish Man), 2007. mixed media on paper16 x 20 inches
Alcides Pereira dos Santos, A boat cabin, 1995. Acrylic on canvas28.74 x 85.04 inches
Manuel Bonifacio, Untitled, c.2013. crayon on paper12 x 16 inches
Andy Dixon, Yellow Portrait, 2014.Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 52 x 33 inches
Ike Morgan, Untitled (woman on blue background), pastel and charcoal on paper, 20" x 14"
Josette Exandier, Nabuchodonosor, 2014Assemblage feathers, bones, and mixed media, 13 x 8 x 4 inches
Larry John Palsson (1948-2010), Untitled, n.d., acrylic on art board11.25 x 14.5 inches
Gerard Cambon, Peek Frean's, 2006. mixed media9 x 16 x 4 inches
Matthew Kirk, To Go Where He Went, 2013.Oil, spray paint, chalk, graphite, and latex on sheetrock in artist’s frame, 44 x 60 x 1 inches
“Uncle Pete” Drgac, Untitled, 1972. enamel on paper14 x 22 inches
Philadelphia Wireman, Untitled (green neon tubing), c. 1970–1975.wire, found objects
Martín Ramírez, Untitled, (Stag on mound with fireworks), c.1952-53. graphite, tempera and crayon on paper32 x 19 1/2 inches; 81.3 x 49.5 cm
Howard Finster, I AM A Gourd, 1982. 12 x 7 inches diameter
Kwame Akoto (Almighty God), Most Valuable Player...Bill Gates, 2012. Oil on plywood, 48 x 38 inches
Go to Outsider Art Fair 2015
Since the first Outsider Art Fair, interest in self-taught and folk artists has grown exponentially in the art world—so much so that the genre has had a major stylistic impact on many insider artists, including some with MFAs from the most important graduate programs in the country. This fair remains the premier showcase for this category of work, with a reach that's become worldwide.