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.
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.
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
Alex O�Neal: Hiding Places in a Dream
Art and Film: Robert Cenedella�s legitimacy
Scott Daniel Ellison: �Every artist is in some way self-taught�
Katharina Wulff: �A discomfiting formal eccentricity that borders on the grotesque and amateurish�