March 8–11, 2012
Thursday, 2–7 pm
Friday–Sunday, 11 am–7 pm
7W – 7 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
VOLTA NY delivers its exclusively solo artist showcase for the fifth consecutive year, a rigorously curated selection of exceptional talent from 80 galleries, representing 25 countries and 45 cities, in its midtown Manhattan location opposite the iconic Empire State Building.
Over 30 new institutions join the fair this year, including Highlight Gallery (San Francisco), showing works on paper by Belgian artist Manor Grunewald (concurrent with his 2012 solo gallery show); Melbourne’s Sutton Gallery, featuring paintings by Stephen Bush (the only Australian featured in Phaidon’s current publication Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting); Galerie Robert Morat from Hamburg, showing American photographer Christian Patterson (2010 Light Work Artist-in-Residence); London’s EB&Flow, with photography by Alinka Echeverría (2011 Winner of the HSBC Prix pour la Photographie and participant in the 52nd Venice Biennale); and Washington DC’s Conner Contemporary‘s *gogo emerging art projects artist Wilmer Wilson IV, participant in the upcoming DC Commission on Arts and Humanities 5×5 Public Art Project.
Selected highlights from returning exhibitors include painter Andrew Masullo (showing with Boston’s Steven Zevitas Gallery), who will be featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial; Valencia’s espaivisor – Visor Gallery‘s presentation of Croatian cross-media pioneer Sanja Iveković, subject of her first-ever stateside career survey Sweet Violence at the Museum of Modern Art; technologist-sculptor Rowan Smith (showing with Cape Town’s Whatiftheworld/Gallery), completing his Master’s at the California Institute of the Arts; Copenhagen’s LARMgalleri shows painter Nicola Samori, who participated in the 54th Venice Biennale; and BCA Gallery (Rarotonga) features young Samoan/Rarotongan/Tahitian artist Michel Tuffery M.N.Z.M. (Member of the New Zealand Merit of Order), who contributed a major multimedia projection at the 2011 Sydney Festival First Night.
Solo projects from notable and emerging international artists advance VOLTA‘s original mandate for a tightly-focused program that fosters a dynamic gaze into the current art climate and salient contemporary positions—regardless of the artist or gallery’s age. VOLTA NY complements the exciting program of art presented by its sister fair, The Armory Show, with shared VIP access, plus direct shuttles connecting both fairs.
The 2012 edition of Open Forum, hosted in conjunction with The Armory Show and organized by curator Amanda Parmer, focuses on the Nordic region with thought-provoking conversations featuring artists, curators and critical minds from New York and Scandinavia. Included at VOLTA NY are journalist and Osloo project contributor Maria Kjær Themsen with curators Birta Gudjonsdottir (Berlin/Reykjavik) and Aura Seikkula (Helsinki), plus Bombblog editor Legacy Russell; a journalism panel moderated by Margaret Liu Clinton, Blind Spot‘s Contributing Editor-At-large, with writer Magnus Bons (Norway), Kunstforum editor André Gali and curator and writer Stamatina Gregory (Brooklyn); artists Anna Lundh (Stockholm/New York) and Bryan Zanisnik (Brooklyn), on their respective temporal projects; and DIY public access collective Paper Tiger Television co-founder Maria Byck with Norwegian artist Sara Eliassen on her “anti-commercials” Not Worth It (No: Handlefri).
A full list of artists and galleries, plus visiting hours and access information, can be found by visiting our website www.voltashow.com.
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt) and Friedrich Loock (Berlin). The eighth edition in Basel, VOLTA8, will coincide with Basel Art Week and will be held from June 11–16, 2012.