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One of New York’s most popular fairs returns with Sanford L. Smith & Associates’ 18th Annual Outsider Art Fair, being held February 5 through 7, 2010 at 7 W 34th Street, near Fifth Avenue in New York City. Last year, enthusiasm for the unique Outsider Art Fair prevailed over the turn in the economy, a snowstorm, a change in dates, and a move to a new venue. This year, 38 dealers will gather again at the fair’s new home to bring together the largest and most promising Outsider Art Fair yet. The fair began eighteen years ago showcasing an otherwise unrecognized market at that time. The fair brings international attention to art created outside of mainstream society—visionary, primitive, self-taught and intuitive in nature.The American Folk Art Museum will be organizing events and lectures throughout the fair and that week as a part of Outsider Art Week. In a special awards ceremony the museum will honor fair organizer Sanford Smith with the Contemporary Center’s Visionary Award, which recognizes major contributions to the world of outsider and folk art each year.Highlights include:Galerie Bonheur (St. Louis,MO ) will feature colorful works by the late Bahamian artist, Amos Ferguson (c.1920–2009) including Bird Bath. .Henry Boxer Gallery (England) returns to the fair highlighting works by the self-taught savant and calendar calculating whiz, George Widener of North Carolina.Fountain Gallery (New York), the not-for-profit cooperative run by and for artists living with mental illness, joins the Outsider Art Fair for the second year. Among the works in their booth will be Girl with Red Hat by Dick Lubinsky.Gilley’s Gallery (Baton Rouge, LA), specialists in Louisiana artists, will include in their booth paintings by Clementine Hunter (1886-1988).Marion Harris (New York) introduces Carlos DeMedeiros. After living as a monk in Bolivia for 15 years, DeMedeiros left the monastery with his personal religious ideas in conflict with the one he felt obliged to follow. From this ambivalence, he creates small-scale confessionals accompanied by confessions in sealed envelopes.Just Folk (Summerland, CA), newcomers to the fair, is pleased to bring a collection of 28 works by Bill Traylor (c.1854-1949). This is one of the largest groups available and has not been seen in the U.S. for more than ten years.Outsider Folk Art Gallery (Reading, PA) will feature recent mixed media construc tions by Thorton Dial (b.1928) as well as rare 1970s paintings by Purvis Young (b.1943), with works by emerging artists such as Jim Bloom (b.1968).Ricco/Maresca (New York) representing both the William Hawkins and the Martin Ramirez estates will bring fine examples from both, including Hawkins’s Historical Monument.Luise Ross Gallery (New York), among a fine selection of drawings by Minnie Evans and by Violetta Raditz, will feature for the first time at the Outsider Art Fair metal collages from Colorcoat by the Icelandic Óskar Jónsson (1922–1997).Judy Saslow Gallery (Chicago) will bring rare pieces from the Oswald Tschirtner estate that have never been seen before.Galerie St. Etienne (New York) continues a tradition of exhibiting self-taught greats including Grandma Moses, John Kane, and Morris Hirshfield. The booth will include the painting John Kane and his Wife circa 1928.For more information visit www.sanfordsmith.com.
Outsider Art Fair February 5-7, 2010 Sanford L. Smith & Associates7 W 34th StreetNew York City
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