Despite the pandemic, the event dedicated to self-taught artists, Art Brut and Outsider Art has decided that the show must go on.
In early January, the cancellation of Expo Chicago, set for April 8 to 11, was announced. However, the 29th Outsider Art Fair will go ahead in New York from January 28 to February 7 on a digital platform and at various venues scattered across Manhattan. This year, visitors accustomed in normal times to the waxed parquet floors of the Metropolitan Pavilion’s vast aisles are invited to five places offering seven temporary shows. Salon 94 Freemans is hosting "Semiotic Terrain: Art from Australia and New Zealand", featuring work by three aborigine artists: Yukultji Napangati, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Mantua Nangala. The Shin Gallery is holding three exhibitions: one on African-American artists in the Deep South, another on the Daniel Collection and the third on self-taught artists. The fair’s organizer, the Andrew Edlin Gallery, features abstract works by self-taught artists, the Shin Gallery on its counterpart, figurative art. Electric Lady Studios is hosting a show devoted to drawings by California musician and composer Daniel Johnston, who died in 2019 at the age of 58. The fair’s website has a viewing room where international exhibitors present their work and promote their artists, such as France’s Polysémie and Pol Lemétais. The Americans include Carl Hammer, American Primitive, Cavin-Morris, the Fleisher Ollman Gallery and the Ricco/Maresca Gallery.