Art market Magazine January 2017

 
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William A Hall, "California Symphony of Survival", c. 2010, poster design.

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ART FAIR

The Outsider Art Fair, 25 years old!
n 2017, the Outsider Art Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary: twenty-five years of discovery and support for an art that is still little-known
and often misunderstood. In New York, the Metropolitan Pavilion is hosting sixty exhibitors between 19 and 22 January. "This year, we have achieved considerable diversity, with galleries from Austria, Japan, Canada and the UK," says Becca Hoffman, the fair's francophone and francophile director. Over a quarter of a century, the definition and price index of outsider art have certainly changed: "For the last ten years, there has been a growing number of museum exhibitions devoted to these artists, and of workshops working with artists suffering from mental or physical illness". To such an extent that mainstream art now has its eye on this segment: some exhibitors are contemporary art galleries. Will this blur the borders? "Buyers are ready to spend money, but prices don't affect the nature of outsider art, because they are not as high as for contemporary art. Only dead artists, like Henry Darger, achieve high prices". These are preci-

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sely the sort of questions to be discussed at a round table during the next edition. "The market's discovery of outsider art is little talked of in our milieu," says Becca Hoffman, "but it's an interesting development, because they are not professionals." To celebrate its anniversary, the fair is also featuring a retrospective exhibition curated by the journalist Edward Gómez, who has chosen twenty-five works representative of the previous editions. The director is delighted with the selection, which will "provide a history of the fair, and show how much energy it has injected into this market." The works presented mainly reflect the country's social and political situation: a speciality of southern Afro-American artists, much admired by New York visitors. An edition, then, that takes stock of "today's world" and a highly singular art. Agathe Albi-Gervy

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Outsider Art Fair, from 19 to 22 January, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York. fr.outsiderartfair.com

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