Art Fairs

Painting picks from the Outsider Art Fair, 2022

Pictured: Morris Ben Newman / Booth C11, Lindsay Gallery

Contributed by Fay Sanders / Since 1993, the Outsider Art Fair has showcased self-taught art from around the globe, and this year�s program continues to highlight the maverick spirit of contemporary artists working outside of the mainstream art world. Housed in the sleek Metropolitan Pavilion, the fair includes work from sixty-two international exhibitors alongside several curated spaces presenting art tackling themes as diverse as psychedelics, maps, legends, and unexpected genres. The vibrant display of painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, and book arts fills the venue with a palpable energy of color and creativity. Here are some paintings that caught my eye at the fair.

Pictured: Marian “Chickie” Brown / Booth D19, The Silo
Pictured: Giorgos Rigas / Booth C9, C. Grimaldis Gallery
Pictured: Giorgos Rigas / Booth C9, C. Grimaldis Gallery
Pictured: Ralph Fasanella / Booth C13, Hill Gallery
Pictured: Artist unidentified / Booth C15, Norman Brosterman
Pictured: Joseph Parker / Booth C23, �Field Trip: Psychedelic Solution, 1986-1995. Curated by Fred Tomaselli�
Pictured: Ilija Bosilj Ba�i?evi? / Booth B11, Calvin-Morris Gallery
Pictured: Peter Shear / Booth A12, Beyond Genres: Self-Taught Artists Making Contemporary Art
Pictured: Sanam Khatibi / Booth A12, Beyond Genres: Self-Taught Artists Making Contemporary Art

About the author: Fay Sanders is an artist based in Queens, NYwith a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University and MFA from Brooklyn College. She has shown with Field Projects and La Loma Projects and currently has a solo exhibition at Smith College. Sanders has been an artist in residence at MASS MoCA and Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts and has an upcoming residency at The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. She is a recipient of the 2021 Queens Art Fund grant and the 2021 City Artist Corps grant. You can follow her on Instagram @faysanders_

Outsider Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street, New York, NY. March 3 to 6, 2022.

Curated Spaces:
Field Trip: Psychedelic Solution, 1986-1995, curated by Fred Tomaselli

Maps and Legends: Featuring Works from the Collection of Michael Stipe, curated Phillip March Jones

Beyond Genres: Self-Taught Artists Making Contemporary Art, curated by Paul Laster

Bruce Bickford, curated by Eric White and Aaron Guadamuz

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