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What to See at OAF 2024: Thornton Dial, Shuvinai Ashoona, and Judith Scott

"If you’re new to the genre, this year’s 32nd edition of the Outsider Art Fair offers a crash course for only $35. (Last year’s tickets were $44.) From an unmissable Elijah Pierce sculpture of the crucifixion (Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, A5) to a spectacular mixed-media Thornton Dial painting (Andrew Edlin Gallery, A12), and from the artist and investigator Abigail Goldman’s “die-o-ramas” (Hashimoto Contemporary, C17) to the sinuous drawings of Shuvinai Ashoona and Quvianaqtuk Pudlat’s formidable colored pencil caribou (Feheley Fine Arts, B10), the event is well-stocked with classics and new additions alike. [...]

Cindy Gosselin’s string-wrapped Barbies and Disney princesses aren’t the only such bundles in the fair. The Center for Creative Growth (D21) has two magisterial pieces by Judith Scott, and Yuka Nohda’s exhaustively-wrapped objects appear with Jennifer Lauren Gallery (B1) of Manchester."

- Will Heinrich

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