The fourth edition of the SELECT art fair is about to start soon. One of the fastest-growing art production and art fairs companies in America, SELECT is focused on emerging and mid-career artists, providing a contemporary platform that brings together galleries, artists and other market actors. SELECT art fair was conceived at the end of 2011, and since then it has been constantly growing, becoming one of the most renowned art fairs in New York City and the United States. And, indeed, with SELECT Art Fair 2015, NYC is turning into major global center of contemporary art scene (similar to Miami during art fairs season), which in this year already hosted SCOPE NY 2015, Independent Fair NY 2015, VOLTA NY 2015, ADAA Art Show 2015, PULSE NY 2015; and with other fairs, such as Frieze fair, still to come this season. SELECT Art Fair 2015 is an amazing art and cultural event, particularly considering its rich and diverse program.
The main program of the SELECT art fair 2015 is divided into several sectors. The main interest of the visitors will certainly be concentrated on exhibiting galleries. Dozens of galleries are participating at this year SELECT, predominantly from New York City and the United States. Apart from galleries as main exhibitors, the program also includes special projects, lectures, performances, book signing. SELECT will also feature for the very first time a selection of critically acclaimed musical acts. Together with its Miami edition, SELECT is a unique fair, more relaxed, very original; however, with thousands of collectors and art lovers visiting it every year.
Among the highlights of the SELECT Art Fair 2015 is a video program by Skowhegan. Skowhegan will present The Double, which is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. One of the most interesting things at the fair will certainly be SELECT fair’s roof, where a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture called You Are Here will be activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Apart from that, many visitors will be delighted with the return of Culturefix, a popular LES Art Bar that will resurrect itself on the rooftop and will feature an array of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. When it comes to regular exhibitors, the visitors may expect to see some amazing artworks presented by a big list of galleries that confirmed their participation. Some of the exhibiting galleries are: Counterpoint from Brooklyn; Galerie Bruno Massa from Paris; Salwa Zeidan from Abu Dhabi; Studio 26 from Manhattan; Transmitter from Brooklyn and many others.
SELECT Art Fair 2015 has an amazing supporting program. There is everything for everyone – from good music to “alternative” art. We have already mentioned the You Are Here installation. Among special projects there is also Andriy Bazyuta‘s video installation Arial Allusions, presented by Whitebox Art Center. It is an interactive, multilayered 3D dual projection work engaging visitors-as-participants through the use of ‘Kinect’ 3D sensors akin to a dendrological ideation. Alit Contemporary presents Zuz’s installation Start of Spring, New York. Apart from extensive installation art that will be presented, an amazing performance art program will attract all lovers of this art movement. SELECT’s advisory panel will help present adjunct programming which includes lectures, book signings and performance art throughout the fair, with some international participants. It will be a great opportunity for some information exchange. The advisory panel is made up of reputable arts organizations, such as Franklin Furnace, Rhombus Space, BRIC, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, OR Gallery, Whitebox Art Center and Transmitter. SELECT will feature for the very first time a selection of critically acclaimed musical acts including Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth and collaborator Leah Singer, Mivos String Quartet, Hiro Kone, Sick Feeling and Narc. Each act will perform adjacent to immersive rooftop installations by Andriy Bazyuta - presented by Whitebox Art Center - and TROUBLE, artist duo Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris. A series of lectures will be organized with quite interesting topics, such as Freedom of Press? and others.
SELECT Art Fair 2015 will return to Frieze Week and will present its diverse platform at the historic Center 548, formerly the DIA Centre. Center 548 is divided into three floors and a roof deck with stunning 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Each floor is 9,000 square feet of virtually column-free space and 14-foot high ceilings. Tickets can be bought online, for $20.00 (tickets can be bought for all days as well), while VIP guest should register online. VIP preview is scheduled for May 13th at 6pm. SELECT Art Fair 2015 will be opened from May 14th until May 17th in New York City.
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Robert Montgomery, C24 Gallery
2015, xy, 90 x 140cm, oil on canvas
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Kate Gilmore - Heart Attack (detail), Franklin Furnace
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