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Outsider Art Fair New York 2021: Online & In Person


Presented both online and in person, the 2021 Outsider Art Fair takes place in multiple event spaces across New York City. Running January 29 to February 7, OAF features seven curated exhibitions across five gallery locations around Manhattan:

  • Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley
    Semiotic Terrain: Art from Australia and New Zealand

  • Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery
    Figure Out: Abstraction in Self-Taught Art

  • Hirschl & Adler, 41 East 57th Street
    To Be Human: The Figure in Self-Taught Art
  • Shin Gallery, 68 Orchard Street
    Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,
    Curated by Scott Ogden, SHRINE
    The Realm of Minnie Evans
    Small World

  • OAF Curated Space
    Electric Lady Studios, 52 West 8th St
    Daniel Johnston: Psychedelic Drawings
    Curated by Gary Panter

The virtual program includes a series of enlightening talks and lectures. In Transgression and Taboo in Outsider Art featuring Michael Bonesteel, a leading authority on Henry Darger, art dealer Marion Harris, who has brought the work of Morton Bartlett to international acclaim, and renowned artist Joe Coleman, this panel, moderated by critic and curator Carlo McCormick, will present a risky conversation on the outré within outsider art, and consider what place this kind of work now occupies in a body politic increasingly defined by a new social consciousness and sensitivity. 

In Grassroots Art in Vermont: Collecting Non-Mainstream Art at the Bennington Museum, Jamie Franklin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Bennington Museum, along with Gregg Blasdel, Ray Materson, and Kathy Stark, who have all played a role in the collection’s development. explore the development of a collection of work by self-taught artists working beyond the mainstream art world (at least initially) at a medium-sized regionally focused museum in rural southwestern Vermont.

In A Closer Look into Henry Darger's World, art historian Leisa Rundquist joins Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr to discuss the forthcoming book The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art. Rundquist's book is the first to examine Darger's conceptual and visual representation of girlhood as it charts his use of little girl imagery in contexts that many scholars have read as puerile and psychologically disturbed, including his direct appropriations from mainstream sources as well as girls modified to meet his needs. To illustrate their conversation, Kerr and Rundquist will use source materials from the Henry Darger Room Collection, located at Intuit, as references to discuss the intricacies of Darger's representation of girls.

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Outsider Art Fair
January 29 - February 7, 2021

VOLTA NY: A Boutique Event Featuring New Artists

Highlighting up-and-coming as well as mid-career artists, VOLTA NY returns to Metropolitan West (639 west 46th St.) this March 4 to 8, 2020. Featuring 53 international galleries, this year’s installment is under new leadership from Director Kamiar Maleki, who has helped steered VOLTA towards becoming an intimate boutique event.

Focusing on a blend of longtime returning VOLTA galleries as well as first-time exhibitors, several galleries from VOLTA’s “extended family” return to the fair after several years’ absence from participating, each contributing a compelling voice to the boutique art fair. These “extended family” galleries include: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), presenting a solo project by celebrated American sculptor Paul Villinski, renowned for his signature found-steel butterfly sculptures, his ambitious public works projects, and his Emergency Response Studio, created to house displaced artists post-Hurricane Katrina and first exhibited at Prospect.1, New Orleans.

First-time exhibitors to VOLTA span the globe and artistic discipline, including strong outings by: Gallery 1957 (Accra), showcasing Yaw Owusu in a solo project built around the young artist’s socioeconomic concerns in contemporary Ghana; Marquee Projects (Bellport, NY), unveiling an installation and re-imagined studio space of the late artist, critic, poet, and performance artist John Perreault x-ist (Istanbul)

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VOLTA New York
March 4 - 8, 2020

Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036

ADAA Art Show at the Park Ave Armory 2020


Organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show (running February 27 to March 1st) offers conversations with gallerists, upclose looks at original works, and a keen eye on the New York art scene. Held at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Ave, NY, NY),  programming ranges from artist performances to dynamic keynote presentations, The Art Show provides its audience with a wide scope of cultural experiences, meaningful interactions, and illuminating exposure to phenomenal works of art. 

The 2020 installment features a selection of solo presentations, including 19 focused on female artists, as well as joint and thematic presentations. Member exhibitors, 7 exhibiting for the first time, will offer new perspectives on influential artists and opportunities for in-depth exploration of up-and-coming and underrecognized contributions to art history.

Panel discussions include The Role of Art Dealers: Past, Present, and Future, and a look at Public Art.

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The Art Show
February 27 - March 1, 2020

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10065

IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Celebrates Centuries of Printmaking

The 28th edition of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair opens October 23 and runs to the 27th at the Jacob Javits Center’s River Pavilion. Celebrating centuries of printmaking, the Fine Art Print Fair features a plethora of printmakers, dealers, and artists.

Exhibitors include:

  • Paragon
  • Ruiz-Healy Art
  • Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc.
  • C.G. Boerner
  • Scholten Japanese Art
  • Tandem Press

And many more.

Special events include Jeff Koons and Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, conducting a public panel about the nature of prints and multiples, what constitutes an original in the 21st century, and the role of printmaking in the artist's body of work. Phil Sanders, master printer and author of the forthcoming publication, Prints and Their Makers; The Collaborative Process leads a conversation with artist James Nares and Durham Press master printer Jean-Paul Russell about innovative collaborations and the importance of the artist/printer relationship.   

Swoon (Caledonia Curry) has created a site-specific installation for the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair. The project was planned in conversation with Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints, as a way to engage visitors at the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair with the exhibition The Renaissance of Etching opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art concurrent with the fair.

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IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair
October 23 - 27, 2019

River Pavillion
Jacob Javits Center

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