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VOLTA New York 2015

March 1, 2015

The invitational art fair VOLTA NY this year takes place in its new home located at Pier 90 in the neighbourhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York and adjacent to Piers 92 and 94, the long-time home of sister fair, The Armory Show. VOLTA NY is an invitational art fair presenting solo artist projects that showcases contemporary art positions regardless of the artist’s or gallery’s age and feels that by refocusing on artists through solo projects will bring about a deeper exploration of the work. The single artist booths to be found at VOLTA NY have been created to feel more like proper exhibitions as opposed to the traditional multiple artist presentations to be found at many of the other art fairs and by making solo artist projects its main focus, VOLTA NY makes the art itself the most important feature of the art fair experience. The eighth edition of VOLTA NY will feature 93 galleries from six continents showing the work of artists from 36 nations and also includes 17 new galleries to the VOLTA family, keeping the pulse on current cultural trends. In addition to the solo artist projects there will also be The VOLTA Salon with Artnet, hosting a series of discussions about art related topics.

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VOLTA NY Highlights

The invitational art fair VOLTA NY 2015 will feature many highlights among the solo artist projects presented by the 93 galleries, with enough styles on show to please all art lovers. Among the highlights are seminal British artist Rose Wylie, winner of the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize, who will be presented by Union Gallery, London and the celebrated octogenarian Bahamian Abstract Expressionist Kendal Hanna, who was the subject of the 2014 documentary Brigidy Bram, presented by Popopstudios, Nassau. New York based gallery The Hole will be exhibiting the fascinating works of Gabriel Pionkowski who unravels the threads of his canvas, hand paints them and then weaves them back into new paintings while BravinLee programs from New York, will present a three decade survey of abstract paintings by Thomas Nozkowski along with some related new works.

Highlights from the solo artist projects featured in the new galleries at VOLTA NY 2015 include the works of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, presented by Haines Gallery, who combines geometric abstraction with traditional Persian mosaic techniques and will have her four decade solo survey opening at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in March, 2015 and the work of Kyoto based artist Hiroshi Shinno will have assemblages presented by the Osaka based YOD Gallery. ARNDT Contemporary Art based in Berlin and Singapore will be showing the work of the Manila-based artist Jigger Cruz whose classical figuration clashes with chaotic abstraction in an act of reverence and defacement.

Left: Travis Somerville – Historical Blindness (detail), 2014. Oil and graphite on cotton picking sack, safety pin, cotton glove, 68 x 25 inches, Courtesy beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL. / Right: Gabriel Pionkowski – Untitled, 2013. Deconstructed, hand-painted and woven canvas, acrylic, red fir, artist’s frame, nails, aluminum clip, screws, 72 x 48 inches. Image courtesy The Hole, New York

Widewalls Highlights

Among the many solo artist projects at VOLTA NY 2015 there are a few that may catch the eye of Widewalls readers such as the drawings of Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of the seminal band Sonic Youth, who created the sketches while on the road with his band The Dust and here presented by Ghent based Galerie Jan Dhaese. French artist Rero will have a solo show of his latest works presented by Paris based Backslash Gallery, created on a variety of surfaces including charred wood, cast busts and vintage photographs, the works feature his signature crossed out phrases that reveal his obsession with image negation and is almost certain to impress. The chaotic and vibrant multi-layered paintings of Aboudia, presented by Ethan Cohen New York, offer an energetic slice of contemporary Africa from the Ivory Coast artist while Robert Fry, who was included in the 100 painters of Tomorrow publication, will have a solo show of his beautiful paintings and etchings that explore the tension between figuration and abstraction presented by Berlin based Galerie Kornfeld. Finally Marisa Newman Projects will present a site specific installation for VOLTA NY 2015 by Haiti born Adler Guerrier, who moves freely between mediums including photography, drawing, collage and sculpture.

Left: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle – The Bastion, 2015, gouache. Cotton paper, India ink, collage on wood panel, 8 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco. / Right: Lavar Munroe – Something Strange This Way Comes, 2014. Acrylic, spray paint, latex house paint, buttons, ribbon, string, stickers, and found fabric on cut canvas, 77 x 96 inches. Image courtesy NOMAD Gallery, Brussels.

The VOLTA Salon

VOLTA NY 2015 will present a salon-style discussion program during the art fair in conjunction with Artnet. All talks will take place in the Artnet Lounge located at the mezzanine level of Pier 90 and will see invited industry professionals engage in discussions with an art based theme.

Friday March 6, 6-7pm. Cuba after the Thaw – Learn about Cuba’s art scene and how we can expect it to be impacted by the recent warming in diplomatic relations. Moderated by Claudia Calirman.

Saturday March 7, 1-2pm. An Insider’s Guide to New Ways of Collecting Art – Hear from leading experts on new ways to build a collection, with a focus on how to leverage the internet to find the works you love. Moderated by Roxanna Zarnegar.

Saturday March 7. 4.40-5.30pm. Art and the Cloud: Collecting and Investing in Digital Art – A discussion on collecting digital art in 2015. Moderated by Paddy Johnson.

Sunday March 8, 1-2pm. How can New York’s Art Scene Survive? – Discussion about whether artists can afford to live in New York and how it threatens to drown out creative concerns. What strategies exist to secure the future? Moderated by Ben Davis.

Sunday March 8, 4.30-5.30pm. Is Everyone a Critic!? Art Criticism in the Digital Age – A lively discussion on how the internet continues to reshape the role of art critics. Moderated by Ben Genocchio.

Left: Dustin Yellin – Psychogeography no. 43, 2014. Glass, acrylic and collage, 72 x 27 x 15 inches. Image courtesy Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. / Right: Yashua Klos – Pass Through This, 2014. Collage of woodblock prints on archival paper, 87.5 x 131 cm. Courtesy Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

VOLTA NY 2015 General Information

VOLTA NY 2015 will take place at Pier 90, West 50th Street at 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036. March 5 – 8 2015. Admission: General $25, Vernissage $25, Students/Cultural Institutions $20, Groups (10+) $20. Combination tickets with The Armory Show are also available; please check the VOLTA NY website for details. Public opening hours: Friday – Saturday, 12 -8pm. Sunday 12-7pm. Continue to page 2 to see a table of galleries and artists at VOLTA NY 2015 along with a catalogue.

Next Page: VOLTA NY 2015 Exhibitors and catalogue

Hulda Guzmán – Portrait, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy Lyle O. Reitzel arte contemporánea, Santo Domingo.
Fuyuki Maehara – A Crab, 2006. Japanese boxwood, oil paint. Dimensions 9.5 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm (crab); 12.2 x 7.5 x 2 cm (marble). Courtesy of Kogure / Volta
Volta 2014 – Photo courtesy of David Willems & Volta
Two VIPs pose within Shinnosuke Yoshida’s massive painting (Gallery MoMo, Tokyo) – Volta 2014 – Photo courtesy of David Willems & Volta
Pose’s mural on 188 Lafayette, created for VOLTA NY 2014 through the support of The L.I.S.A. Project NYC and shown with Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York) Volta 2014 – Photo courtesy of David Willems / Volta
Maléna Seldin and Alix Frey of Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York) with a large-scale acrylic work by Chicago-based artist Pose – Volta 2014 – Photo courtesy of David Willems & Volta



VOLTA New York 2015: Exhibitors and Catalogue

Find below a table containing the galleries and artists exhibiting at VOLTA NY 2015 along with a catalogue of the art fair.

313 ART PROJECT, SeoulKiwon Park
ADA Gallery, RichmondBrian Novatny
Danielle Arnaud, LondonSarah Woodfine
ARNDT, Berlin / SingaporeJigger Cruz
ARTLabAfrica, NairobiPeterson Kamwathi
Galerie Anita Beckers, FrankfurtChristiane Feser
Beers Contemporary, LondonSebastian Schrader
beta pictoris / Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, ALTravis Somerville
Rena Bransten Projects, San FranciscoMarci Washington
BravinLee programs, New YorkThomas Nozkowski
Brunnhofer Gallery, LinzKatharina Karner
CES Gallery, Los AngelesIra Svobodová
Christinger De Mayo, ZurichYves Netzhammer
Ethan Cohen New York, New YorkABOUDIA
CONNERSMITH., Washington, DCErik Thor Sandberg
Curator’s Office, Washington, DCJefferson Pinder
LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES, Los AngelesNathan Gluck / Josh Reames
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisYashua Klos
Galerie Jan Dhaese, GhentLee Ranaldo
DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, BerlinAndrej Dúbravsky
Galerie Dukan, Paris / LeipzigOlivier Masmonteil
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New OrleansNikki Rosato
Galleri Flach, StockholmLisa D Manner
The Flat – Massimo Carasi, MilanLeonardo Ulian
Foley Gallery, New YorkSimon Schubert
frosch&portmann, New YorkDavid Hayward
Lucy García Gallery, Santo DomingoJorge Pineda
Denis Gardarin Gallery, New YorkRudolf Polanszky
GE Galería, San Pedro Garza García + Invaliden1 Galerie, BerlinSergio Belinchón
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New HavenClint Jukkala / Jonathan Waters
Haines Gallery, San FranciscoMonir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonAlex Hamilton
Richard Heller Gallery, Los AngelesMichelle Grabner / Dustin Yellin
HilgerBROTKunsthalle, ViennaDaniel Leidenfrost / Simón Vega
Hionas Gallery, New YorkGuillermo Pfaff
The Hole, New YorkGabriel Pionkowski
MARIANE IBRAHIM, SeattleMaïmouna Guerresi
Inda Gallery, BudapestBalázs Kicsiny
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San FranciscoKenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Kevin Kavanagh, DublinRobert Armstrong
Galerie Kleindienst, LeipzigTilo Baumgärtel
GALLERY KOGURE, TokyoFuyuki Maehara
Galerie Kornfeld, BerlinRobert Fry
LYNCH THAM, New YorkQuisqueya Henríquez
MA2Gallery, TokyoNobuaki Onishi
Makebish, New YorkAdrian Tone
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY, Ottawa / MontrealNatasha Mazurka
Mixed Greens, New YorkRudy Shepherd
GALLERY MOMO, TokyoKatsumi Hayakawa
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New YorkRubens Ghenov / David Rathman
MULHERIN TORONTO NEW YORK, Toronto, New YorkMegan Whitmarsh
Marisa Newman Projects, New YorkAdler Guerrier
Pablo’s Birthday, New YorkKarsten Konrad
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, PortlandArnold J. Kemp
Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, NassauKendal Hanna
ANDREW RAFACZ, ChicagoRobert Burnier
Lyle O. Reitzel Arte Contemporaneo, Santo DomingoHulda Guzmán
robert henry contemporary, BrooklynDerek Lerner
RYAN LEE, New YorkPaul Henry Ramirez
Samsøñ, BostonLisa Sigal
Scaramouche + The Pool NYC, New YorkEric Mistretta
SEASON, SeattlePeter Scherrer
Shin Gallery, New YorkHyon Gyon
Shulamit Gallery, Los AngelesMiri Chais / Sanaz Mazinani
SIM Galeria, CuritibaRodrigo Torres
Slag Gallery, BrooklynNaomi Safran-Hon / Dan Voinea
Spinello Projects, MiamiSinisa Kukec
Stene Projects, StockholmPer Fhager
MARC STRAUS, New YorkSam Jinks / Marin Majic
Galerie Heike Strelow, FrankfurtHendrik Zimmer
STUDIO10, BrooklynJude Tallichet
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New YorkRachel Monosov
This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, MelbournePetrina Hicks
Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York[dNASAb]
Galerie Trois Points, MontrealAnne-Renée Hotte
Two Rams, New York / LondonRyan Schneider
UNION Gallery, LondonRose Wylie
Upfor Gallery, PortlandJack Featherly
Vane, Newcastle upon TyneStephen Palmer
WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape TownMichael Taylor
widmertheodoridis, ZurichJim Verburg
Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San FranciscoTodd Lanam
YOD Gallery, OsakaHiroshi Shinno
Steven Zevitas Gallery, BostonFranklin Evans / Ann Pibal
Galeri Zilberman, IstanbulBurçak Bingöl

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Burçak Bingöl – Cruise, 2014. Ceramics, 200 x 190 x 30 cm. Image courtesy Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul
A collector interacts with Casey Ruble’s petite cut-paper collages (FOLEY, New York) – Volta 2014 – Photo courtesy of David Willems & Volta

All images courtesy of VOLTA & as credited.