January 31: Opening Night- 6-9PM
February 1: 11-8 PM
February 2: 11-8 PM
February 3: 11-6 PM
The Outsider Art Fair is pleased to announce its exhibitors for 2013 as well as its distinguished roster of panelists for its annual program. For the first time, the fair will also host two guest-curated booths featuring solo exhibitions of the renowned Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto and the North Carolina-based artist and creator of the fictitious country, Rocaterrania, Renaldo Kuhler.
Under the new ownership of Wide Open Arts, the upcoming 21st edition of the fair will host 40 dealers, 10 of who will be exhibiting for the first time. They include former SITE Santa Fe director Laura Steward, New York’s Laurel Gitlen, Guided By Invoices, Kinz + Tillou and Vito Schnabel. Rob Tufnell (London), Galérie du Marché (Lausanne) and Pan American Art Projects (Miami) will also be making their OAF debuts in 2013. For a full listing of exhibitors visit www.outsiderartfair.com.
Program Director and moderator Valérie Rousseau has confirmed the participation of the following guest panelists for 2013: Massimiliano Gioni (Chief Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and Director, 2013 Venice Biennale), Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery, London), Daniel Baumann (Co-Curator, 56th Carnegie International and Curator Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Kunstmuseum Bern). Further details and panel schedules to be announced.
Wide Open Arts, LLC. and Sanford L. Smith and Associates, LLC. are pleased to announce new ownership of the Outsider Art Fair, the leading, annual event in the field of Outsider, Self-Taught and Folk Art. The 21st edition of the fair will take place in a new location, at 548 West 22nd Street in Chelsea, the former home of the Dia Art Foundation. Show dates are January 31 – February 3, 2013.
Founded by Sandy Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair soon became a critical and commercial success. Recognized for its maverick spirit, the fair played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community as crowds flocked annually to New York’s Puck Building, the event’s original site during its first 15 years.
Under Wide Open Arts, a new company formed by art dealer Andrew Edlin, the Outsider Art Fair will continue to provide a dynamic atmosphere for dealers to showcase compelling and unusual artworks. The 2013 fair will also add new elements, including the sponsorship of guest curatorial projects and other special events. Visitors to the fair can expect to find prime examples of works by both legendary and newly discovered artists.
Notes Sandy Smith: "I’m excited to see this important fair continue in a new, expansive direction while still remaining true to its origins. I’m fully supportive of Wide Open Arts and I have no doubt that its team has both the skill and knowledge to produce an exciting fair that will attract talent and be profitable for its participating dealers."