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May 2, 2019 - May 5, 2019

ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ at Frieze New York

The Outsider Art Fair is excited to announce The Doors Of Perception, a unique project in collaboration with Frieze New York curated by the artist Javier Téllez. The exhibition will feature over forty visionary artists from around the world, including works of Czech artist Anna Zemánková.


Exhibition: The Doors of Perception
Curated by Javier Téllez

A project for Frieze New York in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair

May 2 – 5, 2019
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 

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. 

Anna Zemánková (1908-1986)
Anna Zemánková was a self-taugth Czech artist born in the city of Olomouc - the heart of the Moravian region. She always inclined towards drawing and visual arts, but eventually was encouraged to pursue the career of a dentist. She turned back to drawing only in her early fifties, when one of her sons suggested art can have therapeutical effect in treating her deepening depression. 

During her lifetime she recieved just some attention as for artists creating under the Communist regime it was difficult to hold open gallery showings. Instead of those, every few years Zemánková used to hold an "open-house" exhibitions. During one of such exhibitons her work caught the attention of Jean Dubuffet, who later included several of her pieces in the Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne - the world's most prominent collection of Outsider Art. Nowadays, more than 30 years after her death, she recieves more and more recognition all over the world; her work was exhibited in London, Venice, New York, and other metropoles of art.

“I am growing flowers that are not grown anywhere else.”

Frieze is the leading platform for modern and contemporary art for scholars, connoisseurs, collectors and the general public alike. Frieze comprises three magazines—Frieze magazine, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week—and three international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze New York. Additionally, Frieze organizes a program of special courses and lectures in London and abroad through Frieze Academy.

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. Frieze fairs are sponsored by global lead partner Deutsche Bank.

Outsider Art Fair
Founded in New York in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair is the original art fair concentrating specifically on self-taught art, and exhibits works by acknowledged masters, including James Castle, Aloïse Corbaz, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, William Edmondson, Martín Ramírez, Judith Scott, Bill Traylor and Adolf Wölfli, as well as contemporary figures like M’onma, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Frank Walter and George Widener. Quickly recognized for its maverick spirit, OAF played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community and broader recognition for outsider art in the contemporary art arena.

In 2012, OAF was acquired by Wide Open Arts, a company formed by gallerist Andrew Edlin. With its debut edition in 2013, the fair established the Curated Space and OAF Talks programs. The 2013 fair enjoyed rave reviews and more than tripled its previous attendance records. Propelled by this success, Wide Open Arts launched Outsider Art Fair Paris, which will return for its 7th edition in October 2019, helping to reinvigorate the city’s long tradition of recognizing and championing art brut and self-taught artists.

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Source: Outsider Art Fair press release



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From: May 2, 2019
To: May 5, 2019


Outsider Art Fair in collaboration with Frieze New York

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