Coming this Weekend!

For Immediate Release:

The Outsider Art Fair Brings Together International Dealers and a Weekend of Exciting Events

February 11 – 13  •  7 W 34th Street, NYC  •  Preview February 10

Don’t miss the Outsider Art Fair next weekend, February 11th-13th at 7 W 34th Street.  The original and unsurpassed exhibition and sale for self-taught, intuitive, visionary, and primitive art, is now in its 19th year.  Thirty-three international dealers bring their finest selections of intense, stunning, enigmatic artwork created by artists in all walks of life, but outside of mainstream society.  Friday, 11am – 8pm; Saturday, 11am – 8pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm.  Visit http://www.sanfordsmith.com.  Tickets $20 or $35 for a two-day pass.

•  Thursday, February 10, 6:30 – 9:00pm  •

A benefit preview offers an opportunity to view the fair an make purchases before the show opens to the public.  Ticket sales benefit Creative Growth Art Center, the world’s oldest and largest art center for people with developmental disabilities, and Fountain Gallery, New York’s leading venue for artists with mental illness.  Early admission and VIP lounge open at 5:30. For more information, please contact Robyn Marks at Fountain House at 212.582.0341, ext. 1288 or rmarks@fountainhouse.org

•  Friday, February 11, 8:00 – 11:00pm  •

A Friday Evening After Party hosted by a committee comprised of several of the fair’s exhibitors offers a chance to stay past the fair’s closing and enjoy beer, wine, food and a DJ.  Tickets $50.

•  Saturday, February 12, 1:30pm  •

Dr. Thomas Röske gives a special talk about the Prinzhorn Collection.  Before the second World War, and before Jean Dubuffet took up the interest of “art brut,” Dr. Hans Prinzhorn was already taking special interest in the artwork being created by the patients in his psychiatric hospital in Heidlberg Germany. The resulting Prinzhorn collection remains largely together and is housed at theUniversity of Heidelberg.  Dr. Röske, the current Director, has worked to create accessibility to the works, and to have the collection be seen as relevant in a contemporary art context.  Tickets $25.

•  Sunday, February 13, 2:00pm  •

A panel discussion of the role of artist with disabilities in outsider and contemporary art.  Tickets $25.

Tickets for these special events can be purchased on-line at http://www.fountainhouse.org/events or at the entrance to the Outsider Art Fair.

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