Earlier this month, I visited the Armory Show and its parallel event, VOLTA NY, of which I found much more exciting and fresh than the former, more commercial side of NYC’s major art fair, in both content and location.
VOLTA NY, now in its 6th edition, is an invitational show of emerging solo artists’ projects and the American incarnation of the successful young fair founded in Basel in 2005. VOLTA NY was conceived in 2008 by Artistic Director Amanda Coulson as a tightly-focused, boutique event that is a place for discovery, a showcase for relevant art contemporary positions regardless of the artist’s or gallery’s age.
By refocusing on artists through solo projects, VOLTA NY promotes a deep exploration of the work of its selected participants and offers the opportunity for discoveries beyond those afforded by a traditional art fair.
In 2013 the invitational fair inaugurated its new location 82MERCER in SoHo, by showcasing 95 international galleries, spanning 6 continents and spotlighting artists from 38 nations. A platform for challenging, often complementary, sometimes competing ideas about contemporary art, the strictly solo format is what gives the New York fair its unique character.
More information about each artist can be found on the VOLTA NY website. Here are some of my favorite finds from the show: