Outsider Art Fair
Founded by Sanford Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair soon became a critical and commercial success, as well as the leading, annual event in the field of Outsider, Self-Taught and Folk Art. 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 has moved to Chelsea at the site of the former Dia Foundation, and will continue to provide a dynamic atmosphere for dealers to showcase compelling and unusual artworks. The 2013 fair added new elements, including the sponsorship of guest curatorial projects and programming. Visitors to the fair can expect to find prime examples of works by both legendary and newly discovered Outsider artists.