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Highlights from the 2019 Outsider Art Fair in Paris

  Titine K-Leu at Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture, Paris

By PAUL LASTER, October 2019

Spending several blissful hours wandering around the 2019 Paris edition of the Outsider Art Fair, where I have co-curated a solo exhibition of the imaginative paintings and sculptures of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, a self-taught artist from the United Arab Emirates showing with the Dubai-based gallery Lawrie Shabibi, I discovered a rich realm of enchantment at every turn. 

Returning to Atelier Richelieu in the 2nd Arrondissement, the 7th Paris edition presented 42 international exhibitors from 14 countries, with 14 galleries exhibiting at the fair for the first time. Ranging from such celebrated self-taught artists as Carlo Zinelli at Galerie du Marche, Felipe Jesus Consalvos at Andrew Edlin Gallery and Shinichi Sawada at Jennifer Lauren Gallery to new discoveries like Vera Girivi and Elisabetta Zangrandi at James Barron Art, OAF Paris was chock full of gems. 

Scroll through the images below to see some of our favorite pieces at the fair. WM 

 Carlo Zinelli at Galerie du Marche, Lausanne.

 Kenneth Rasmussen at Copenhagen Outsider Art Gallery, Copenhagen.

Philippe Visson and Michel Faublée at Galerie J P Ritsch-Fisch, Strasbourg.

 Ahmed Gnidila at Galerie Escale Nomad, Paris.

Marc Bourlier, Gerard Cambon and Terry Curling at Galerie Béatrice Soulié, Paris.

Ian Hively, Alexander Lobanov and Davood Koochaki at Galerie Polysémie, Marseille.

Felipe Jesus Consalvos at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York.JPG 490 KB

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim at Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai.

Gregory Van Maanen at Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York

Vivian Maier at Les Douches La Galerie, Paris.

 Vera Girivi and Elisabetta Zangrandi at James Barron Art, Kent.

 Pépé Vignes and Zefrino Chilaule at Galerie Pol Lemétais, Saint Sever du Moustier.

Yukio Miyashita at Yukiko Koide Presents, Tokyo.

Kwame Akoto dit Almighty God at Artpool Project, Paris.

Zdenek Kosek, Lubos Plny and Paul Humphrey in the exhibition Art Brut Photos, collection abcd Bruno Decharme.

Lily Gibeon at Shrine, New York.

Ali Maimoun at Galerie SINIYA28, Marrakech.

Justin McCarthy at La Pop Galerie, Sète.

 Ursula at Galerie Les Yeux Fertiles, Paris.

 Kasinath Chawan at Galerie Les Yeux Fertiles, Paris.JPG

 Shinichi Sawada at Jennifer Lauren Gallery, Manchester


Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of and and art editor of and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and

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