VOLTA NY returns downtown to its SoHo sanctuary in the solo-artist fair’s seventh edition in New York, from March 6 – 9, 2014. Across widened aisles and within more spacious booths in the Mercer Street loft, over 90 galleries from 5 continents mount a dynamic survey of emerging and innovative contemporary art positions, spotlighting artists from 30 nations. Young talent arrives with formidable force in this year’s edition, with highlights including:
Pawe? ?liwi?ski (Beers Contemporary, London), who echoes Neue Sachlichkeit/New Objectivity in his deeply psychological paintings; Hyon Gyon‘s lush, melted-fabric compositions of traditional Korean shamanistic imagery (Shin Gallery, New York)
Hyon Gyon’s Provocateur, 2013
Monumental photography by Mohau Modisakeng (BRUNDYN+, Cape Town), featured in the inaugural Biennale International d’Art Contemporain, Fort-de-France (Martinique); and a site-specific installation by New York-based Armenian painter Anna Navasardian (Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich). Their presence is balanced by seasoned cultural purveyors, including Hungarian-Syrian artist Róza El-Hassan (INDA Gallery, Budapest), who represented Hungary in the 1997 Venice Biennale and enjoyed a major retrospective In-Between at Kunstmuseum Basel in 2012, in addition to her ongoing project Syrian Voices with activist Shadi Al Shhadeh; veteran color theorist Siri Berg (Hionas Gallery, New York), whose 1986 seminal show Black & White 1976-1981 at the American Swedish Historical Museum (Philadelphia) was recently restaged at the gallery.
Over 50 returning exhibitors reaffirm VOLTA NY as a platform for salient contemporary art voices. Notable galleries for 2014 include: Kevin Kavanagh (Dublin), presenting a storytelling series by Sonia Shiel, current ISCP NY artist-in-residence and recipient of Ireland’s 2014 Arts Council Project Award; Laura Bulian Gallery (Milan), highlighting career Conceptualist Vyacheslav Akhunov, whose cultural investigations were featured in dOCUMENTA (13) and the 2013 Venice Biennale’s Central Asian Pavilion;contemporary Bahamanian art hub Popopstudios (Nassau), spotlighting “everyday” assemblages and mixed-media works by founder John Cox; Frederieke Taylor Gallery (New York), revealing environmental concerns of downtown stalwart Christy Rupp, whose seminal public art projects factored into the 2012 exhibition Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989 at the New Museum; Galerie Heike Strelow (Frankfurt am Main), combining sociopolitical commentary and black humor via Florian Heinke, who curated System of Diplomatic Chaos at Kunstverein Wiesbaden last year; and CONNERSMITH. (Washington DC), featuring two new series in gouache and collage on contemporary social and racial politics by Zoë Charlton, who participated in The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem, plus Wilmer Wilson IV‘s durational performance From My Paper Bag Colored Heart and related works in photography and sculpture.
Wilmer Wilson IV, Paper Bag, 2012
Go HERE to see an alphabetical list of all galleries exhibiting at the fair this year