Outsider Art Fair 2022 adjusts dates

The Outsider Art Fair––the only fair dedicated to showcasing self-taught art, art brut and outsider art from around the world––has delayed its 30th Anniversary edition by one month. The Outsider Art Fair 2022 will now be held March 3-6, 2022 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan and feature 62 exhibitors from around the world. The 10th anniversary edition of OAF Paris is scheduled to take place in May 2022.

“Last year in response to the pandemic, we presented a citywide edition of the fair with seven exhibitions across five locations around New York. Returning to our traditional fair venue for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our dealers and our audience remains paramount,” fair owner Andrew Edlin said of the Omicron-variant induced postponement. “Delaying the fair by a month was a difficult but sensible decision.”

Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in New York, Outsider Art Fair 2022 will additionally require proof of booster vaccination for visitors.

Outsider Art Fair CURATED SPACES

As part of 2022’s 30th anniversary celebration, Outsider Art Fair present specials programming in its Curated Spaces sector. 

Field Trip: Psychedelic Solution, 1986-1995, showcases work championed by the seminal underground Greenwich Village gallery, Psychedelic Solution, and is curated by renowned contemporary artist Fred Tomaselli. In homage to the folkloric aspects of psychedelic art, from which much of this movement organically arose, singular artifacts that capture definitive cultural moments will abound, including the original ink drawing by Edmund J. Sullivan, dated 1900, that became the genesis for the logo for the Grateful Dead.

The Outsider Art Fair 2022 Curated Spaces programming also includes Beyond Genres: Self-Taught Artists Making Contemporary Art, curated by Paul Laster and featuring artists whose work lives on the borderlands between outsider and contemporary art.

LA painter Eric White and filmmaker Aaron Guadamuz will curate a show of works by self-taught artist and clay animator Bruce Bickford (1947-2019), a longtime collaborator of Frank Zappa, and Phillip March Jones will organize an exhibition of highlights from the collection of Michael Stipe, an early collector and advocate for Southern self-taught artists including Reverend Howard Finster (1916 – 2001). 


Returning dealers who have been with Outsider Art Fair since its inception include Aarne Anton / Nexus Singularity (New York), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), Fleisher/Ollman Gallery (Philadelphia), Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago), Marion Harris (New York), and Ricco/Maresca Gallery (New York).

Visitors can once again count on seeing works by the most acclaimed artists in the field, like Morton Bartlett, James Castle, Henry Darger, Thornton DialWilliam Edmondson, Minnie Evans, Guo Fengyi, Bill Traylor, Martín Ramírez, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Joseph Yoakum.


This year, the Outsider Art Fair is returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, operating at a limited capacity. Buying passes in advance will enable priority access. Reserve tickets.


Wide Open Arts is dedicated to providing access to everyone. If you require assistance during your visit, please contact us at info@outsiderartfair.com for more information.

About Outsider Art

In his 1945 manifesto, Jean Dubuffet coined and defined the term Art Brut as follows: “We understand by this term works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part (contrary to the activities of intellectuals). These artists derive everything…from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art. 

British art historian Roger Cardinal coined the term outsider art in his 1972 book. Dubuffet and Cardinal were writing primarily about extremely marginalized European artists: psychotics, mediums, and eccentrics. This has led to a common misconception that Outsider Art is essentially pathological, when in fact the central characteristic shared by Outsiders is their lack of conditioning by art history or art world trends.

About the Outsider Art Fair

Founded in New York in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair is the original art fair concentrating specifically on self-taught art, presenting works by acknowledged masters such Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, and Aloïse Corbaz, as well as living artists like George Widener, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Dan Miller, and Luboš Plný. Soon recognized for its maverick spirit, OAF played a vital role in nurturing a passionate collecting community and broader recognition for outsider art in the contemporary art arena. In 2012, Wide Open Arts, a company founded by gallerist Andrew Edlin, acquired the fair. Propelled by its immediate success in New York, a Paris edition was inaugurated in October 2013, helping to reinvigorate that city’s long tradition in the art brut field. The 10th-anniversary edition of OAF Paris will take place in May 2022.

Outsider Art Fair New York

March 3-6, 2022 at the Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011

Open to the Public

Friday, March 4th: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 5th: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 6th: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

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