The 19th Annual Outsider Art Fair at 7 W. 34th St @ 5th Ave was a great success. The quality of the items on the floor was extremely high, with over thirty galleries from all over the world, all showing self-taught art. The VIP Preview Opening Thursday, Feb. 10 was a benefit for Creative Growth, Oakland, CA and Fountain Galleries, NYC- art workshops dedicated to working with mentally and physically handicapped artists.
The Outsider Folk Art Gallery enjoyed a major sale of an early work by Howard Finster: a seven foot Tower of Mirrors , which was listed at the show at $45,000, and also sold several later works by Miami artist Purvis Young (1943-2010).
But the bulk of our sales were our emerging and mid-career artists. Jim Bloom led the pack with sales of at least sixteen works ranging from drawings on paper to framed canvases priced from a few hundred to several thousand dollars each. David “Big Dutch” Nally, Sybil Roe Thompson, and Edward Kingsbury III also enjoyed significant sales. We were pleased to debut the work of John Williams, the Boston artist who deals with Asperger’s Syndrome and creates magnificently detailed magazine-collage portraits of historical military heroes.
John was featured on the cover of The Folk Art Society of America’s publication “The Folk Art Messenger” in a recent issue, and his work generated a huge buzz at the show.
We have posted photos of our booth on our facebook page http://on.fb.me/fYEW5c . Press coverage for the Outsider Art Fair included Art in America http://bit.ly/ezaVnk The New York Times http://nyti.ms/he8K8e CNN http://bit.ly/hKB5KH and The New Yorker http://nyr.kr/hJnOPL
Also, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine was distributed at the show, which included a three page article written by Outsider Folk Art Gallery Director Emily Christensen on Thornton Dial. The Thornton Dial exhibition continues in the Outsider Folk Art Gallery through Second Sunday, March 13th, 2011. A major museum retrospective of Dial’s work, “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art next week http://bit.ly/gCL9AK.
Thanks again for all of your support!
George & Sue Viener
Outsider Folk Art Gallery
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
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