The Outsider Art Fair Presents "The Doors of Perception" @ Frieze New York

The Outsider Art Fair features over forty visionary artists from around the world, including works by Noviadi Angkasapura (b. 1979, Indonesia), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923–2014, Ivory Coast), Henry Darger (1892-1973, USA), Janko Domsic (1915-1983, Croatia/France), Minnie Evans (1892-1987, USA), Guo Fengyi (1942–2010, China), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963, Mexico/USA), Judith Scott (1943-2005, USA), Melvin Way (b. 1954, USA), George Widener (b. 1962, USA), Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930, Switzerland), Anna Zemánkova (1908–1986, Czech Republic), and Unica Zürn (1916-1970, Germany) among many others.

The Doors of Perception focuses on the visionary nature of art commonly known as outsider art, art brut, or self-taught art. The exhibition presents a large constellation of works made by exceptionally gifted artists from five continents, offering a panorama of art created on the margins of society. Whether psychiatric patients, self-taught visionaries, or mediums, each of the artists in the exhibition felt at some point in their life the need to create an artistic language of their own in order to reveal what they understood to be the true nature of things. Often disenfranchised because of their mental condition or social status and without any previous artistic training, many of the artists exhibited here dedicated their lives obsessively to the creation of complex visual representations, often after experiencing a life-changing epiphany. A meeting with a supernatural power—whether an encounter with the divine, spirits of the dead, or extraterrestrial beings—might have triggered this impulse to create. These remarkable events produced strong centrifugal forces that drove the artists from chaos to order, opening for them “doors of perception” to a transcendental reality that, in many cases, helped them survive their otherwise unstable life. The Doors of Perception is on view through May 5 at Frieze, Metropolitan Pavillion 125 W. 18th Street, New York. photographs courtesy of The Outsider Fair


Part Two: Highlights from the Private Opening of Frieze Art Fair New York 2015

Autre made its way to Randall's Island Park to see the Private View opening of Frieze Art Fair New York 2015, situated on the chilly banks of the Harlem River and it was more than worth it. Some standouts from Part Two of our coverage include a few of the international booths, like Sultana Paris' solo exhibition of Swiss artist Walter Pfeiffer and São Paulo based gallery Casa Triangulo's solo presentation of works by Eduardo Berliner. Then there are the classics, like Cheim & Read, that had a brilliant large scale portrait on display of Little Richard by the artist Jack Pierson, who is known for his text based work using neon lettering from discarded signage. SEE PART ONE HEREThe Frieze Art Fair New York will run until May 17th, 2015text and photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper 

Part One: Highlights from the Private Opening of Frieze Art Fair New York 2015

Autre made its way to Randall's Island Park to see the Private View opening of Frieze Art Fair New York 2015situated on the chilly banks of the Harlem River and it was more than worth it. Some standouts from Part One of our coverage includes British Gallery Payne Shurvel's display of artist radical feminist artist Margaret Harrison and a slightly disturbing piece by artist Patrick Walsh, a.k.a JPW3, which involves a cluster of metal chains being dipped in wax over and over again - presented by Los Angeles based Night Gallery. SEE PART TWO HEREThe Frieze Art Fair New York will run until May 17th, 2015. text and photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper