VOLTA NY was the American incarnation of the successful young fair founded in Basel in 2005. VOLTA NY was conceived to continue the original mandate to create a tightly-focused, boutique affair that would be a place for discovery and concentrate on current and topical art production.
VOLTA NY 2008 introduced a new format with exclusively solo projects, conceived to complement the exciting program of art available during The Armory Arts Week. The Armory Show Executive Director Katelijne de Backer stated, "The VOLTA fair is one of these gems that has emerged on the art fair circuit in recent years and that no one can ignore. As we are part of the same family now, it was only obvious that we invite them to New York."
In 2009 VOLTA NY will be organized as an invitational curated show by the directorial team of art critic/curators Amanda Coulson (Executive Director) and Christian Viveros-Fauné (Curatorial Advisor). By putting the focus back on artists through exclusively featuring solo projects, VOLTA NY promotes a deep exploration of the work of its selected artists and galleries, an opportunity for discoveries that move beyond those afforded by a traditional art fair.
This year's show, entitled Age of Anxiety, will focus on areas currently underexposed by the art world (Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America), while also identifying trends that point towards newly critical aspects of emerging art. The show’s title—taken from W.H. Auden’s 1948 poem of the same name—suggests reexamination as well as novel imaginative departures that herald new beginnings.
VOLTA NY is located at 7W 34th Street, directly across from Manhattan's classic icon, The Empire State Building.