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Outsider Art Fair Combines Barack Obama, Children's Drawings, & Dead Artists


The Outsider Art Fair (January 19 - 22, 2017) at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th St, New York, NY ) celebrates art that is (according to Jean Dubuffet) “works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part (contrary to the activities of intellectuals). These artists derive everything...from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art.”

Along with the usual exhibitions, galleries, and auctions, nne of the highlights of the festival is “The Barack Obama Readings”, in which festival guests and attendees, and members of the public recite quotations from President Barack Obama across several sessions, celebrating Obama’s legacy at this turning point in our nation’s history.

The Draw Me Your City section of the show invites parents to bring their children’s drawings so they can be embroidered on clothes and tote bags, with the proceeds going to Zellidja Foundation and helping young adults see the world.

The panel discussion From Obscurity to Prominence: The Discovery and Stewardship of Outsider Art, dissects the quandary of how to handle an artist's’ legacy when they have passed away and are only now gaining notoriety.

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Outsider Art Fair
January 19 - 22, 2017

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

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