The 2013 Outsider Art Fair opens this weekend in NYC. Galleries from around the world will be setting up shop to showcase artists that you’ve probably never heard of, with backgrounds that might seem less than typical for contemporary artists. Outsider art has long been an umbrella term including a range of artistic practices and “types” of artists - folk art, untrained artists, artists with special needs or mental disabilities, aboriginal/native/primitive art, and the list goes on.
A number of the artists we admire today including Paul Klee and Max Ernst, were inspired by the outsider art of their time and in some cases, outsider art has been seen as the place where true genius and inspiration can occur. In some ways many of the artists making this work are “untouched”, not tainted or influenced by the dominant practice of their time or the historical context within which they are making work. For some, this can lead to some very compelling works that have an ability to cut across traditional social boundaries. So have an adventure this weekend and be open to discovering something new! Get your tickets here.