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Labor Day Art Festivities Kicked Off by the Hamptons Art Fair

This Labor Day Weekend, the Hamptons Fine Art Fair returns to the Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968). Running September 2 - 5, the festival celebrates the East End’s new booming art scene with solo artist presentations of work by Barnett Suskind, Carl Holty, Roberto Dutesco, and Linjie Deng, among others.

The event features exhibitors such as ABA Gallery, Bill Lowe Gallery, Havoc Gallery and many more. The opening of the festival on September 2 includes a musical performance by Irene Fong on her signature five string LED crystal crossbow violin. Other events include a guided tour by the fair’s official docent, Sharon Phair, along with panels and discussions. 

To learn more, go to:

Hamptons Art Fair
September 2 - 5, 2021

Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

Society of Illustrators Presents Comic and Cartoon Art Week: A Virtual Comics Festival

The MoCCA Fest has been a fixture of New York’s independent comics and art scene since 2002, even outliving its original namesake (the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art).  Due the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, The Society of Illustrators will be organizing a virtual fest, the Comic and Cartoon Art Week, from April 12 to the 17th with live streamed panel discussions, workshops, and (virtual) meet-and-greets. All events hosted by the Society of Illustrators are free to view. Details are at

The online festivities will have discussions on manga, the future of independent comics, workshops for aspiring artists and more.

Events include:

  • Controlled Chaos: Simon Hanselmann with Nathan Cowdry
    Join alternative cartoonists Simon Hanselmann (Crisis Zone) and Nathan Cowdry (Crash Site)  for a friendly chat about their respective bodies of work. Their comics share many common themes: anthropomorphised animals, violence done to and by undergarments, drug-fueled escapades, and the value of loyalty, friendship and lust… er, love! We meant love!

  • MegaScope
    Join John Jennings, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, as he introduces the world to MEGASCOPE: a new line of graphic novels from Abrams ComicArts dedicated to showcasing speculative and non-fiction works by and about people of color, with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, horror, history, and stories of magical realism.

  • Ryan Holmberg: Manga 4.5
    Building Comics with Mats and Stones: Historian Ryan Homberg focuses on tropes of bohemian poverty in Haoan 50s and 60s. Hosted by NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium.

  • Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez in Conversation with Adrian Tomine
    Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine sit down for an informal discussion of their methods, influences, some alternative comics history and more. This meeting of three of the most accomplished and influential alternative cartoonists working today is not to be missed!

  • Shawn Martinbrough: Telling A Story
    A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House.

  • Let’s Make Comics with Mika Song!
    Do you love cute animals? Delicious foods? Drawing? Then join author and artist Mika Song for a fun-filled hour of reading and drawing, featuring her awesome kids graphic novel, Donut Feed the Squirrels! Workshop participants will be guided along in creating a character and four panel comic. Have handy paper, a pencil and something to add color - crayons, colored pencils or markers. Purchase Mika’s books here. This workshop is great for families and young artists ages 5+.

  • Shawn Martinbrough: Telling A Story
    A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.

 And more.

The Society of Illustrators has stated that the MoCCA Arts Festival has been rescheduled for April 2-3, 2022, and will be hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion

To learn more, go to:

Comic and Cartoon Art Week
April 12 - 17, 2021

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.

To learn more, go to:

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)

To learn more, go to:

VOLTA New York
March 4 - 8, 2020

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

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