JUNE 11-16, 2012
BASEL (April 23, 2012). VOLTA, Basel's platform for cutting-edge art and emerging international talent, mounts its eighth year this June with the wind at its back. Buzz for the fifth iteration of VOLTA NY, the stateside invitational solo-artist fair, coupled with positive reactions from VOLTA7 last year, culminates in a creatively curated showcase of mainly solo and two-or-three artist dialogues spanning 80 exhibitors, with 67 returning from previous years.
The VOLTA8 Curatorial Board -- Amanda Coulson (Artistic Director of VOLTA and Director of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas); Christoph Doswald (Chairman of the Working Committee for art in public places in Zurich); Ulrich Voges (Art historian and economist and co-founder of VOLTA); and David Risley (Director of David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, and founder of Zoo Art Fair, London) -- assembled 80 tightly-edited, inspired positions, including 63 galleries from Europe and 12 from the Americas, plus exhibitors from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.
Solo artist presentations continue to be one of VOLTA's assets, considering the overwhelming satisfaction for last year's more easily navigable fair. Select highlights at VOLTA8 include: Alexandra Makhlouf (showing with Fred [London] Ltd), the talented young printmaker and 2010 artist-in-residence at David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, South Africa; Adam Jeppesen (represented by Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen), whose large-format photography was assembled in the 2008 Steidl monograph Wake; painter Nick Fox (with Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne), featured in the recent Anschlüssel: London/Berlin drawing survey at London's C4RD and whose works were paired with Dada vanguard Francis Picabia at the Museum of Contemporary Art, London; and Düsseldorf-based painter Max Frintrop (CHAPLINI, Cologne), whose solo exhibition Gelsenkirchener Gangart concluded this spring at young contemporary art-space Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen.
Many galleries engage in two-or-three artist dialogues, including: Martin Asbæk Gallery (Copenhagen), pairing collagist-painter Sofie Bird Møller (2012 residency at CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain) with photographer Nicolai Howalt; TEAPOT (Cologne) contrasts Thomas Palme's large works on paper with Christian Eisenberger's sculpture; Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery (Rovereto) follows photographer Armano Lulaj (participant in the 2007 Venice Biennale and 2010 Berlin Biennial) with video/performance artist Dacia Manto, winner of the Premio Aletti, ArtVerona 2011; and espaivisor - Visor Gallery's (Valencia) eclectic program of Columbian artist Alberto Baraya (in the 53rd Venice Biennale), Croatian cross-media pioneer Sanja Iveković (her first-ever U.S. career survey recently concluded at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), and British conceptual "walking artist" and photographer Hamish Fulton.
VOLTA8 also features exhibitors new to its Basel and New York fairs, such as: Brundyn + Gonsalves (Cape Town), whose artist Matthew Hindley is participating in the Global Groove exhibition at Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan; Dubai's Lawrie Shabibi, presenting a discourse between Marwan Sahmarani (2010 Abraaj Capital Art Prize winner and participant in Art Dubai) and Shapour Pouyan (recipient of Tehran Contemporary Museum of Art's residency grant at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris); Galleria Heino (Helsinki), debuting artistic duo IC-98's (Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund) project Oikoumene; and Berlin's ph-projects, showcasing mixed-media artist Ulla von Brandenburg, who just participated in the Prague Quadrennial, Belgrade, and Eorem Sanai (Ice Man) at Arario Gallery Cheonan, South Korea.
This June, VOLTA8 occurs just after the commencement of dOCUMENTA 13, which will drive throngs to Switzerland. Coupled with unique special programming and signature limited edition, VOLTA8 will be a destination for creative contemporary art and thoughtful dialogue.
VOLTA8 at Dreispitzhalle is only 7 minutes from the central train station SBB by public transport, 9 minutes via the Tram 10 or 11 from Bankverein (Kunsthalle/Kunstmuseum), or 5 minutes by car. Reaching the fair is effortless, with direct, complimentary VOLTA8 shuttles running from Art Basel and Liste. With a 450-place car park one block away, parking is trouble-free.
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt), and Friedrich Loock (Berlin).