The cutting-edge art fair VOLTA NY returns during The Armory Week with its original and provocative solo invitational format. Held at its usual, iconic urban location—right off 5th Avenue and opposite the Empire State Building this year VOLTA NY hosts 86 international artists and their galleries on the 11th floor of 7W 34th Street.
Continuing the original mandate to create a tightly-focused event that is a place for discovery and a showcase for relevant contemporary positions regardless of the artist or gallery’s age—VOLTA NY features exclusively solo projects of notable and emerging international artists, conceived to complement the exciting program of art presented by its sister fair, The Armory Show, with whom VOLTA NY shares the VIP and Talks Programs and shuttles to and from both fairs.
A platform for challenging, often complimentary, sometimes competing ideas about contemporary art, the strictly solo format of VOLTA NY gives the fair a unique character with visitors positively comparing the New York fair to a series of intense studio visits. The commitment to a single artist, while surely the most striking of presentations in any economic landscape, is always something of a risk. The dedication and confidence shown by the exhibiting galleries to continue to pledge themselves to a risky and challenging format has given rise to this year’s title: No Guts No Glory, a
phrase that can be applied both to the work on show, its creators and its supporters/presenters.
VOLTA NY brings together work from 86 remarkable artists or artistic collaborations, each artist having been selected for their dramatic visual presentation.
Highlights of VOLTA NY include a strong presence from artists working with the moving image and projections, such as Vladimir Logutov, recently listed at the “Younger than Jesus” exhibition at the New Museum; Federico Solmi, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner, with provocative animated video work; Kathleen Herbert, the recipient of several major awards from the British Arts Council and nominated for the Beck’s Futures prize, projecting a film shot in Gloucester Cathedral; and Samuel Rousseau, with a series of small framed video objects, showing tiny individual characters imprisoned in transparent plastic bubbles of medicinal shrink-wrap.
Meanwhile, following his critically-acclaimed installation for Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial and his first solo museum exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art, Skylar Fein will present "Youth Front," an installation of new sculpture, paintings and screen prints dealing with revolution and anarchism -- a body of work that includes a blistering social critique. Other ambitious projects include those by 2009 Venice Biennale artist Jan Håfström, a panoramic photography and site-specific installation by Henrietta Simson and arresting figurative collages by Chambliss Giobbi, recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA fellowships. Entirely new bodies of work are being made specifically for VOLTA NY by photographer Carrie Schneider, fresh from a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and by multimedia artist Ben Turnball, who is creating a particularly à propos work with his “Hero” series, inspired by New York City firemen.