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Outsider Art Fair Merges A Variety of Styles and Mediums From Over 60 Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 11, 2018

The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-sixth year of presenting galleries and artists who specialize in what was formerly known as ‘art brut’, a French phrase that can translate as ‘unrefined art’. Today, the genre is known by other phrases: contemporary folk art, self taught art, outsider art. These labels cover an enormous variety of mediums, styles, and points of view, making this branch of the art world accessible to everyone. There are over sixty galleries scheduled to show this year, with the majority of the exhibitors and artists from the United States. Make some time to see this fair; you’ll be surprised by how many pieces capture your attention.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled # 366, 1955, 16.5 x 15 inches; courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery.

The fair will be held at The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) from Friday, January 19 through Sunday, January 21, 2018. For general information click here.


Damian Valdes Dilla, Untitled, 2016, Courtesy of Lindsay Gallery.


Friday – Saturday: 11 am-8 pm

Sunday: 11 am-6 pm

Ticket prices:

One Day Ticket: $25

Three Day All-Access Pass: $50

To purchase tickets click here.


Bill Traylor; courtesy of Luise Ross.


View of the Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavillion.


Cover: Bernard Gilardi, ‘Life is Good’ (1976); courtesy of Portrait Society.


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