VOLTA NY, the premiere art fair for emerging international art within primarily solo projects, returns to PIER 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, from March 2 – 6, 2016. The fair opens in previews for the first time ever on Wednesday, March 2, immediately following previews the same day at adjacent affiliate fair The Armory Show at Piers 94 and 92.
In its most diverse edition yet since its 2008 founding stateside, VOLTA NY welcomes 100 galleries, not-for-profits, and artist-run spaces from 50 cities across four continents, together presenting a dynamic survey of innovative contemporary talent by artists from 43 nations. Two-thirds of featured galleries have exhibited in prior VOLTA editions in New York and Basel, with the addition of new participants from Fort-de-France, Reykjavik, Bucharest, Jeddah, Dallas, Harare, Dundee, Taipei, and elsewhere promoting VOLTA’s international reach and mission as a truly globally conscious art fair.
With my move to the Caribbean a few years ago, I became much more sensitive not only to the amazing art production being made in non-traditional art centres, but also to the lack of diversity at many fairs, comments VOLTA Artistic Director Amanda Coulson. Maybe in a smaller, fairly homogeneous town in Switzerland this might not feel so uncomfortable, but in New York it felt very important to me that the diversity of the city’s residents be reflected in the range of our artists and exhibitors. We particularly did not want this to be reflected in a ‘one time only’ section, but have the positions integrated throughout the fair in an organic way that would lead to their inclusion into the international discourse in a meaningful and permanent way.
VOLTA NY debuts its Video Wall programming, a daily rotation of single-channel works screened on a 30-foot wall at front of the fair. Both works by artists featured in booth projects including Archeton by Sonny Sanjay Vadgama (presented by Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin); and Microphone Test by Che-Yu Hsu (presented by Nunu Fine Art, Taipei), subject of a solo installation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum last autumn as well as other artists represented by exhibiting galleries including Traveling Shots: NYC by Diane Nerwen (carriage trade, Brooklyn), which screened in the 8th Glasgow Short Film Festival; and 2nd Test Sculpture by Brussels and Barcelona-based Spanish duo Aggtelek (beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL) will comprise the video program, instilling a deeper dimension to the artists’ practices within a prime viewing environment.
Finally, New York-based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams inaugurates the fair’s Curated Section series with his project Something I Can Feel, assembling eight emerging and under-the-radar artists within, in Adams’ words, a physically and psychologically textured exhibition exploring elements of provocation.
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Friedrich Loock (Berlin), and Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt). VOLTA12 returns to Markthalle in Basel and coincides with Basel Art Week from June 13 – 18, 2016.