‘Apricot Afternoon’ by John Holcomb will be featured by Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. The painting is part of his ‘Comfort Culture’ which comments on the melting pot of middle America. Photo courtesy of @outsiderartfair Instagram.

The Outsider Art Fair New York
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York
January 19 – 22, 2016

Outsider Art Fair, the original art fair for alternative art, returns to the city next week for its 25th anniversary edition. From January 19th through 22nd, galleries from all across the United States and around the world will exhibit as part of the fair at The Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

OAF debuted in 1993 and since then has remained an oasis for the exposure of self-taught artists. In 2012, the fair was acquired by new company Wide Open Arts who also took the it to Paris where it has just had its fourth edition. Last year’s New York edition was dubbed by the NYT as “a showcase for offbeat, sometimes hair-raisingly weird art.” This year the fair will focus on the diverse backgrounds and nationalities of the many artists involved.

On January 20th, the day of the presidential inauguration, many art institutions are participating in the #J20 Art Strike and will be closed in order to demonstrate opposition to the incoming presidency. Outsider Art Fair will protest in a different way. On Friday a weekend-long event will kick off to celebrate President Obama. Dubbed “The Barack Obama Readings” the project invites fair attendees to recite quotes from a curated selection of fifty-six passages of the outgoing commander-in-chief’s speeches, interviews, and appearances. Readings will take place from 3 – 5pm. Those who participate will gain free entry to OAF that day. You can sign up by emailing info@outsiderartfair.com.

Tickets for general admission to the fair are available now.

2017 Exhibitor List:

Austria, Klosterneuburg: Galerie Gugging; Belgium, Brussels: Galerie Antoine Ritsch Fisch; Canada,Vancouver: Macaulay & Co., Danville: Galerie des Nanas; France, Marseille: Galerie Polysemie; Paris: Hervé Perdriolle; St. Sever du Moustier: Galerie Lemétais; Haiti, Petionville: Galerie Bourbon-Lally; Italy, Milan: Maroncelli 12; Parma: Rizomi Art Brut; Japan, Tokyo: Yukiko Koide Presents; United Kingdom, Surrey: Henry Boxer Gallery; USA, Baton Rouge, LA: Gilley’s Gallery; Brooklyn, NY: Steven S. Powers Works of Art and Americana, Stephen Romano Gallery, Cathouse Proper, Winter Works on Paper, LAND Gallery; Birmingham, MI: Hill Gallery; Boise, ID: Stewart Gallery; Chattanooga, TN: Tanner Hill Gallery; Columbus, OH: Lindsay Gallery; Chicago, IL: Carl Hammer, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Western Exhibitions;Cincinnati, OH: Carl Solway Gallery, Hudson Jones Gallery; Dallas, TX: Chris Byrne; Iowa City, IA: The Pardee Collection; Kent, CT: James Barron Fine Art; Los Angeles, CA: Good Luck Gallery; Milwaukee, WI: Portrait Society Gallery; New Haven, CT: Fred Giampietro Gallery; New York, NY: American Primitive, Andrew Edlin Gallery,  Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Cavin Morris Gallery, Cuban Art Space, Fountain House Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Modern, Jack Hanley Gallery, Joshua Lowenfels Fine Arts, Kent Fine Art, Luise Ross Gallery, Magic Markings: Indian drawings from the 18th to the 21st Century,  Marianne B, Marion Harris, Mariposa Unsual Arts, Middlejanes, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, One Mile Gallery, Pure Vision Arts, Rebecca Hossack, Ricco Maresca Gallery, Shrine, SITUATIONS, Y Gallery, ZQ Art Gallery and Auction; Oakland, CA: Creative Growth;Philadelphia, PA: Fleisher Ollman, Indigo Fine Arts; San Francisco, CA: Creativity Explored; Summerland, CA: Just Folk; Waxahachie, TX: Webb Gallery; Wimberly, TX: J Compton Gallery

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