Outsider Art Fair Under New Ownership - Previews Jan 31


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The Outsider Art Fair - under new ownership and at a new location in New York, previews on Thursday January 31. The Fair will then be open on Friday until Sunday.

According to an interview in Art in America, new owner Andrew Edlin says that he has ‘no plans to blur the boundaries or change definitions at the fair. Its renegade feel is one of the great things about it.’ Edlin formed Wide Open Arts to purchase the Fair and also feels that the move of location to Chelsea will ‘place the Outsider Art Fair in the middle of the mainstream contemporary art world.'

Quality galleries such as St Etienne, Carl Hammer and Ricco Maresca who had left the Outsider Art Fair in the past will be returning this year. A vetting committee has also been established consisting of Shari Cavin, Andrew Edlin, Carl Hammer, Jane Kallir, Frank Maresca and Randall Morris.

A daily programme of discussions and talks has been organised by Valerie Rousseau and speakers will include Swiss photographer Mario del Curto, Kent Minturn from Columbia University, Thomas Roeske, director of the Prinzhorn Collection, Daniel Baumann from the Adolf Wölfli Foundation and Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, London.

Mario del Curto will also make a tribute to Genevieve Roulin, the late assistant Director of the Collection de l’Art Brut and a special exhibition is also being held of work by Renaldo Kuhler of the imaginary country of Rocaterrania.

Outsider Art Fair, January 31 - February 3, Center 548, 548 West 22 St, New York, NY 10011.
Full details at www.outsiderartfair.com