On view at the Outsider Art Fair are selected pieces from the Kuniyoshi Collection, a portion of CMA’s Permanent Collection representing young artists who participated in the Federal Art Project (FAP), part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) created in the 1930s. The FAP offered free arts education to people of all ages. In concept and function, this open-door policy promoted the arts as a valuable element of society and an activity to which every individual should have access.
Outsider artwork is often defined as the work of artists who are self taught, or demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world, and instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. Without formal art training, outsider artists work beyond the confines of artistic institutions, creating works of uninhibited expression without rules and taboos and providing a valuable insight into the world seen through their eyes. Much can be said that relates this ideology to the artwork of children. Children often express their experiences, understandings and thoughts through artistic expression, which reflects the spirit of CMA’s Permanent Collection.
Outsider Art Fair New York
January 16-19, 2020
@ Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, NYC
Pictured: Lucy Menga, Portrait of Miss Dunn