Monday, October 24, 2016

Outsider Art Fair Returns to Paris Focusing on the Spiritual

By Caroline Elbaor
Norbert H. Kox, Revive (2015). Courtesy Galerie Toxic.
PARIS---The 2016 Outsider Art Fair (OAF) previewed in Paris yesterday with an impressive display by 40 international galleries, most of them focused on “mediumistic” (or spiritual) themes. As such, the fair overall is permeated by a sense of the intangible and sublime. Originally founded in New York City in 1994, the Outsider Art Fair stretched its reach to Europe in 2012—the same year that its ownership changed hands to Wide Open Arts, headed by CEO and dealer Andrew Edlin— adding a Paris iteration. Under Edlin’s tenure, programming has expanded to include talks and curated sections. [link]

Installation view of Paris’ Outsider Art Fair 2016. Courtesy Jean Picon / Say Who.