A striking work by French artist Jean Dubuffet who first described art created outside the boundaries of official culture
Photo: Courtesy of Jeanne Bucher Jager

See the Exhibitors at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris

This year, the fair dedicated to outsider artists brings together 37 galleries

The Outsider Art Fair has named the participating galleries for the 2018 Paris edition, which is slated to run from October 18–21 in the French capital. This year’s iteration will take place at the elegant Atelier Richelieu, just a short walk from the Grand Palais where the prestigious FIAC contemporary art fair occurs in the same week.

The glass-filled interior of the L’Atelier Richelieu in Paris, where the upcoming Outsider Art Fair will take place in the fall. Photo: Courtesy of the L'Atelier Richelieu in Paris

While the term Outsider Art is often loosely thrown about, its roots actually trace back to 1964, when the French artist Jean Dubuffet started to collect artworks he found to be outside the traditional realms of society. “These artists derive everything…from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art,” the artist famously wrote in a manifesto. It was then, in his 1972 book championing art brut or “Ugly Art,” that art critic Roger Cardinal first christened the term “Outsider Art.”

Jean Dubuffet, Site domestique (au fusil espadon), 1966 Photo: Courtesy of Jeanne Bucher Jager

These days, the term has broadened and refers to individuals who are self-taught or working outside typical art-world trends or categories. With a recent surge in popularity and market interest, there are two fairs dedicated to the genre, one in Paris and the original in in New York, which will celebrate its 27th edition in January, 2019. (A planned Basel, Switzerland edition never took off.)

Major museum exhibitions also confirm the genre’s greater inclusion in the art world. This past May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has an interesting collection of 19th-century American folk art, put on a daring show of works by black Southern outsiders. And on November 18, “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” will open at the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

Marc Lamy, Untitled, ink on paper at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York. Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery

Thirty-seven exhibitors are lined up to participate in this year’s Paris fair, with showings from New York’s Andrew Edlin Gallery, Poznań’s Tak Gallery, and Tokyo’s Atsuko Barouh, among others. One highlight will be the Parisian fashion darling Michèle Lamy’s ongoing “Lamyland” series—a wild gathering place, installation artwork, and situationist theatre that caused buzz at both the Frieze art fair in London, and the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2015.

Here is the full exhibitor list for this year’s Outsider Art Fair in Paris:

Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Art Absolument, Paris

Art Naïve, Moscow

Artpool Project, Paris

Atsuko Barouh, Tokyo

Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York

Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, California

Copenhagen Outsider Art Gallery, Copenhagen

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Rotterdamn, the Netherlands

Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris

Galerie du Marché, Lausanne, Switzerland

Galerie Escale Nomad, Paris

Galerie Pol Lemétais, St. Sever du Moustier, France

Galerie LJ, Paris

Galerie Hervé Perdriolle, Paris

Galerie Polysemie, Marseille, France

Galerie JP Ritsch-Fisch, Strasbourg, France

Galerie Beatrice Soulié, Paris

Galerie Les Yeux Fertiles, Paris

Gliacrobati, Turin, Italy

La Fabuloserie, Paris

Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture, Paris

Maroncelli 12, Milan

Le Moineau Écarlate, Paris

Morrelandmore, Paris

Raw Vision, Watford, United Kingdom

Rizomi, Parma, Italy

Sardac, London

Shrine, New York

Tak Gallery, Poznań, Poland

Yukiko Koide Presents, Tokyo


Cover: A striking work by French artist Jean Dubuffet who first described art created outside the boundaries of official culture
Photo: Courtesy of Jeanne Bucher Jager


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