By A. E. Colas, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 18, 2017
The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-fifth year of presenting galleries and artists who specialize in what was formerly known as art brut, a French phrase that can translate as 'unrefined art.' This was not meant to be an insult to the works in question, but merely a way to define those creators who were perhaps on the social and cultural fringes of their communities, or had not received formal education in artistic techniques. Later on, various critics began to redefine the term by using other phrases such as 'contemporary folk art,' 'self taught art,' and 'outsider art.' These labels describe an enormous variety of mediums, styles, and points of view, making this fair one of the most stimulating art experiences of January. There are sixty galleries schedule to show this year, from nine countries, although the bulk of the exhibitors and artists are from the United States. Some highlights are works from Gee's Bend Quiltmakers, Madge Gill, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Carlo Zinelli.
A. E. Colas, a Contributing Writer for ZEALnyc, writes about art and museum exhibits, as well as lifestyle features.
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