VOLTA IN THE NEWS //

 

"VOLTA is unique among Armory Week art fairs in that each gallery booth exhibits a solo project by one artist. The fair is still sizable — 90 galleries in total — but it’s a nice change to devote your time to individual series of works, rather than split your attention among pieces by many different artists at each booth, as is the case in most other fairs."

Hyperallergic, March 2015

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"[VOLTA Artistic Director Amanda Coulson] is talking about the fair's new location at Pier 90, on the far west side of Manhattan, steps away from the behemoth Armory Show, which takes place at Piers 92 and 94. 'But I don't think the fair is going to change that much,' she adds. That's a good thing for art lovers who have come to prize VOLTA for its carefully curated, invitation-only, and largely single-artist booths. […] The solo-artist booth appeals to visitors and exhibitors alike, as it allows for seeing a healthy sampling of a specially selected artist's work in-depth."

artnet news, March 2015

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"VOLTA New York, an invitational art fair that features solo artist presentations, has placed a focus on the Caribbean and Africa this year mainly because Amanda Coulson, who is head of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, also serves as Volta’s artistic director. But, beyond that, powerhouse grant programs and residencies are juicing the region’s scene. And with Contemporary art from the Caribbean the subject of survey shows at the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio and the Queens Museum of Art in recent years, the sector is hot."

New York Observer, March 2015

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"World's Ten Best Art Fairs: ... quantity doesn't always equal quality, so we've handpicked the best art fairs around the globe: 1. Art Basel, 2. Frieze, 3. Artissima, 4. FIAC, 5. NADA, 6. Art Brussels, 7. VOLTA, 8. Untitled, 9. Independent, 10. Liste.

VOLTA has seen some exciting young talent burst onto the international arts stage in the last few years. Its launched in Basel in 2005, with sister fair VOLTA NY opening three years later. The galleries and the artists showing here are not famous or multi-million-dollar operations when compared with other fairs, but there is less pressure, resulting in artwork and projects that are daring, affordable, and fun."

Fodor's Travel, September 2014

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"Of all the shows I saw this week, VOLTA was far and away the best—and, yes, that includes both the Armory Show and the Whitney Biennial."

The New Criteriton, March 2014

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"Robert Edelman, a private art dealer, was moving quickly down the aisles of Volta NY, one of the satellite art fairs going full blast in New York last week, when he hit the brakes at the booth being run by the Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Eco-political work by Christy Rupp was on display… "An established artist, doing new things? If I were taking a collector around, I'd say, 'Buy, buy, buy.' "

THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 2014

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"Slick and sleek, cool and enticing, laid back – yet forward thinking, this years VOLTA Art Fair struck gold again as being one of the most cutting edge venues for fair goers to visit during Armory week in the NYC."

FAD WEBSITE, March 2014

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"The fact that a critical lens is applied to who is eligible to participate is a defining characteristic of the event. The artists who show at VOLTA may be emerging in the larger art world, but they have achieved some amount of recognition, perhaps in their region or particular area of practice. The majority of the work is thoughtful and demonstrates real artistic talent and vision."

ARTS OBSERVER, March 2014

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"VOLTA rises above all this in allowing the work to shine, growing in importance by opening the viewer up to visual relationships from piece to piece. The organizers have created a viewing environment that feels professional without reverting to the typical big fair art sprawl. As spectators, we are able to see something of how a career is developing, rather than having to settle for a singular statement that offers one stanza in the developing poem that is an artist’s complete body of work."

NY ARTS MAGAZINE, March 2014

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"And VOLTA NY, an "invitational solo project fair for contemporary art," is indeed a large commercial fair, one of the Armory’s main satellites. But by forcing each participating gallery to deliver the work of a single artist, its format prevents dealers from engaging in the anxious buckshot-hedging responsible for the special kind of kaleidoscopic clusterfuck that dominates the contemporary art fair."

Hyperallergic, March 2014

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"As you may know, VOLTA’s concept allows for a gallery to feature a single artist in their booth which is super beneficial to the visitors who are spared the chose of having to re-focus their attention every two seconds. Here you get a chance to see several works by the same artist, understand a fuller range of their work and get to know the thought behind a series and ultimately have more to choose from. So everybody wins in the end."

galleryIntell, March 2014

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"Since 2008, VOLTA has cemented its identity as the Armory Show's cool and trendy little sister. This year VOLTA helps reinforce that image with a hip downtown address and open, inviting booths sprawling over two floors at 82 Mercer, a light-filled former warehouse in SoHo."

ARTINFO, March 2013

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"The VOLTA art fair is vibrant and packed with energy. The artwork is bold and even at times brash, but none the poorer for it. There is something for everyone here, from delicate and refined paintings to conceptual installation and even booths that are a bit bonkers."

artlyst, March 2013

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"Having escaped the midtown purgatory of West 34th Street for new loft-like digs at 82 Mercer and upped the ante from 80 to 95 booths, VOLTA opened to peppy sales at noon on Thursday. Long known as the intimate single-project David to the Armory's Goliath, VOLTA encourages collectors to discover new artists without submitting to the dizzying visual clutter of too many oeuvres crammed into a single booth."

ARTINFO, March 2013

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"This year's VOLTA show was brimming with expressive and impressive works from emerging artists. Staged at a new venue in Soho, the invitational event was ideal for collectors interested in contemporary artists on the rise and provided an opportunity to meet the artists (and their representatives) and learn more about their projects and inspirations."

Art Observer, March 2013

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"VOLTA NY is a refreshing reprieve from the chaotic onslaught of art presented by almost every other NYC art fair. It seems someone at the top heard our collective grunts and cries of dismay at the impossibility of coming away from any of the more massive art swap meets with anything other than a headache and stinging retinas."

NYC Art Parasites, March 2013

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"Boutique art fair shows small is beautiful. The two floors of contemporary art contained in a somewhat cosy venue offered interesting juxtapositions of galleries and works, sometimes competing for attention, but mostly offering complementary dialogues."

M-kos, March 2013

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"Art fairs: Heart 'em or hate 'em, you’ll probably like VOLTA. Convivially located a stone’s throw from the Empire State building on the eleventh floor at 7 West 34th Street, the invitational solo project show, now in its eighth edition, has earned a reputation as the most accessible and pleasant stop on New York’s Armory Week fair circuit."

artinfo, March 2012

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"VOLTA, die kleine Armory-Schwester, die sich auf Solo-Präsentationen verlegt hat, blieb ihrem guten Ruf treu."

art – Das Kunstmagazin, March 2012

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"The big shiny blue chip Armory, with all of its fur-wearing, Louboutin-heeled VIPs and celebrities, was almost outdone by the comparatively small, modest offering of little sister VOLTA, where each mid-tier gallery generally presented a single artist in a cohesive solo show. VOLTA was far more manageable and virtually all of the gallerists I spoke with remarked that in terms of snacks and wine, VOLTA was clearly the better choice."

hyperallergic, March 2012

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"Auf der VOLTA NY, dem Ableger der Armory Show gegenüber vom Empire State Building, zeigen achtzig Galerien, was junge Künstler derzeit so alles auf Lager haben."

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, March 2012

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"VOLTA, is regarded as one of New York's best fairs and this year it certainly lives up to that reputation. Unlike other fairs, VOLTA invites galleries to showcase the work of a single artist, meaning that you given a chance to see what feels like several dozen solo shows and are able to gain a real insight into the work of those featured."

FAD Magazine, March 2012

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"This fair, above all the others this week, seems to have featured the most entertaining works - works that visitors could enjoy and that it was obvious the artists truly enjoyed making."

Examiner, March 2012

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"One booth, one artist, one dealer, one city somewhere on the globe – what could be simpler, what could be more all-encompassing? This brilliant equation makes art-fair cacophony fade into an easily grokked minimalist 1 + 1 + 1 + 1."

artnet, March 2012

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