Nearly forty art dealers gather this weekend to display and sell some of the most unusual works you'll ever encounter. These paintings, sculptures, and line drawings were created by a group of artists known as "outsiders." These outsider artists include classically untrained artists, folk artists, and even the mentally insane.
Visit the Outsider Art Fair at 7 West 34th Street between February 5 and 7 for a taste of these visionary and intuitive expressions of creativity. Dealers represent artists from around the world, including George Widener, Amos Ferguson, Dick Lubinsky, Clementine Hunter, Carlos DeMedeiros, Bill Traylor, Thorton Dial, Purvis Young, Jim Bloom, William Hawkins, Martin Ramirez, Minnie Evans, Violetta Raditz, Oskar Jonsson, Oswald Tschirtner, Grandma Moses, John Kane, and Morris Hirshfield.
The New York Times praised the fair, now in its eighteenth year, as "a kind of outsider art Hall of Fame." The American Folk Art Museum honors the fair's founder, Sanford Smith, with this year's Contemporary Center's Visionary Award. The museum also offers lectures, tours, and symposiums this weekend highlighting works by artists represented at the fair.