Following the last-minute cancellation of the Volta art fair, which was scheduled to open next week in New York, members of the city’s art world are stepping in to help galleries that had planned to exhibit there.
Quang Bao, the founder of New York’s 1969 Gallery, collector Peter Hort, and dealer David Zwirner have teamed up to organize a new exhibition opportunity for many of the affected exhibitors. From March 6 to 9, some 30 galleries will show work across David Zwirner’s 525 West 19th Street location and a commercial space at 521 West 21st Street.
According to Bao, exhibitors have been allotted booth spaces equal in size to those of Volta, which had planned to have about 70 exhibitors. He said that “it just came together very organically.”
In a statement to ARTnews, Zwirner said, “We understand how important an art fair in New York is for an out-of-town gallery, and this is the least we can do. It’s simple: we have a space that we are not using, and we have friends in the neighborhood whom we could ask to join us in providing space.”
Hort told ARTnews that these plans reflect “the art community trying to help the art community.”
Additionally, the Art on Paper fair, which will run from March 7 to 10 on Pier 36 along the Hudson River, is taking in nine galleries that were slated to participate in Volta. Accola Griefen Fine Art (Brooklyn), studio e (Seattle), Sim Smith (London), and David Lusk Gallery (Memphis and Nashville) are among the enterprises that have been added to Art on Paper’s lineup.
Max Fishko, managing partner of Art Market Productions, the company that produces Art on Paper, told ARTnews that some sponsors and partners of the fair will be moved in order to incorporate the additional exhibitors.
“We thoughtfully reengineered what we were doing with the space in order to accommodate as many of our friends as we could,” he said. “By and large, the whole exhibitor group [from Volta] was reached out to. At this moment, we have something that we’re really proud of.”
Asked about the fair’s focus on paper-based works, Fishko said that new exhibitors will be asked to tap into the “paper elements” of their wares to keep with “the spirit of the curatorial premise of the show.”
“The concept for the show is that works on paper are a jumping-off point for a lot of artists,” he said. “If they’re bringing a painting, we’ll see if they can get the sketches for that painting to show side-by-side.”
Volta was canceled after its sister fair, the Armory Show, learned that Pier 92, which houses part of its event, would be largely unsafe to occupy, and decided to move about one-third of its galleries to Pier 90, which hosts Volta.
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