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VOLTA NY 2011 Open March 3–March 6

VOLTA NY returns for its fourth consecutive year, filling its borders with an array of cutting-edge artists from 83 galleries, representing 23 countries and 45 cities, in its central midtown Manhattan location opposite the iconic Empire State Building.

Forty-five European dealers will be in attendance, with strong showings from Germany (16 galleries across seven cities) and five galleries from Denmark, providing a broad vista onto particularly intriguing emerging art scenes. The United States’ 24 attendees are split between 12 New Yorkers and 12 artists from cities spanning the East and West Coasts, such as Boston, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, plus the exhibiting the spectrum extends throughout Russia and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Continuing the original mandate as showcase for relevant contemporary positions—regardless of the artist or gallery’s age—VOLTA NY will feature exclusively solo projects of notable and emerging international artists. VOLTA NY complements the exciting program presented by its sister fair The Armory Show with shared VIP access and the Open Forum Talks Program, plus direct shuttle between both fairs.

At VOLTA NY the talks focus on conversations, including: art historian and curator Courtney Martin with Deborah Grant, exhibiting work from her brand new series The Crowning of King William, based on the life and work of William H. Johnson; Erin Sickler, the director of 601Art Space and Kate Kraczon, assistant curator at the ICA, Pennsylvania, with Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, discussing their concepts of remote viewing and art-speak as relates to their daily performance at VOLTA NY; and critic and curator Ed Halter with underground filmmaker George Kuchar, influential on artist from John Waters to Andy Warhol and whose films are screening as part of the collaborative program curated by Artprojx Cinema at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre, featuring an international cast of over 80 artists’ works and programming day and night throughout the fair’s duration.

More video can be viewed as part of the PROJECTiON program—presented by Culture Shock Marketing (CSM) and Vimeo—screening in the 7W elevators, the shuttle buses, and on the fair floor. This is a curated selection of bleeding-edge contemporary moving-image digital artworks, selected from, from computer animation and effects to Super-8 film and experimentation, and will feature works by Paddy Jolley, Glenn Marshall, Hugh McGrory, Scott Pagano, and J.G. Zimmerman.

Echoing the special section Armory Focus: Latin America, five galleries are showing from the region plus several other attendees specifically bringing artists from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. This includes a performance by Mauricio Miranda (Costa Rica), who will participate in the 2012 Havana Biennial; a spatial intervention by C.L. Salvaro (Brazil), who exhibited at the 63rd Salão Paranaense (2009); and paintings by Amadeo Azar (Argentina), an up-and-comer in the lively Buenos Aires arts scene selected for notable local prizes, including the Premio Fundación Andreani 2009/10.

This year we are excited to partner with two new companies that will bring more information about our program right to your fingertips. Artlog will present the official online catalogue for VOLTA NY 2011, while Collectrium, in collaboration with Artlog, will provide the VOLTA iPhone app including image-recognition technology.

A full artists and gallery list, visiting hours and access information, can be found by visiting our web page

VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt) and Friedrich Loock (Berlin). The next Swiss edition, VOLTA7, will be held June 13-18, 2011.

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