NEW YORK—On West 22nd Street, the line was out the door on Saturday. The eager arts crowd was filing into the Outsider Art Fair in Chelsea. A showcase of new and accomplished outsider and self-taught artists, the fair was founded by Sanford and Smith two decades ago when it debuted at the Puck Building in 1993, its home for many years.
After moving to West 34th Street several years ago, the event was staged for the first time this year in the Chelsea gallery district at the behest of art dealer Andrew Edlin. The fair, which spanned three floors and the tented rooftop of the building formerly occupied by the Dia Foundation, was recently acquired by Wide Open Arts, which is owned by Edlin.
The Outsider Art Fair was open from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. 2013.
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“002 Dictator,” 2008 (wood, mesh, wire, papier mache, cotton, cloth, kapok, acrylic, paint) by Stroff Denis at Henry Boxer Gallery of Richmond, UK.
Small angel sculptures (painted wood) by Shane Campbell at Gilley’s Gallery of Baton Rouge, La.