One of my favorite art fairs of the year is coming up this weekend: The Outsider Art Fair, New York, which runs from Thursday, January 17th through Sunday, January 20th, 2019. The show takes place at Metropolitan Pavilion, which is located at 125 West 18th Street, and here are the hours for each day:
Thursday, January 17: VIP Early Access Preview (with invitation): 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Vernissage: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, January 18: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 19: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 20: 11:00 – 6:00 PM
Editor’s note: I love art, but sometimes find the use of words like “Vernissage” annoying – a direct French translation is “varnishing,” but it’s a term that art fairs like to use to describe a private preview before the formal opening. Why not just call it a private preview? It reminds me of my recent experience at the airport: instead of boarding the plane with zones #1-4 like they used to do, now they “pre-board” with group names like “Concierge Key,” “Premium Boarding Zone,” and “Sky Priority Boarding,” all before they even reach Zone 1. And then by the time all of the Zone 1 people board, there’s only 5 of us left for Zones 2-4? What? I felt like an Outsider Flyer in my Zone 4 seat. But now I’m way off topic, let’s get back to Outsider Art.
Below are two examples of work and artists that will be included in the fair: at left, Mario Mendoza, “Beast,” 1980, made with ball point pen and felt tip marker on paper, measuring 11 x 8 1/25 inches, and on view at Julie Saul Gallery. Below right is Latefa Noorzai, “Untitled,” 2018, acrylic on paper measuring 29 1/2 × 41 3/4 inches, on view at Creative Growth. Check back later as I’ll definitely have more coverage from the fair.