“Volta, more flexibility for the system”

Rendezvous at Volta, a fair whose selection is both inventive and rigorous. Seventy galleries will be waiting for you, from 12 to 17 June, for the thirteenth edition of an event that is still high in the popularity stakes. A stroll through its alleys, in the company of Amanda Coulson. Prior to launching Volta New York in 2008, Amanda Coulson cofounded Volta Basel in 2005. Today, the art critic and exhibition curator is also Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and resides in Nassau. So how does she approach the market? With a primarily curatorial vision and a gaze characterised by a critic’s eye… For its thirteenth edition, the artistic director is welcoming no less than 70 galleries from 43 different cities to Volta.   Can you tell us about this 2017 edition? What’s the atmosphere like? This is quite a difficult question because we see new things every year and that’s what’s interesting! Our galleries evolve, some take part in major fairs, others have different projects… But we work in a very organised manner. In New York, we only present solo shows whereas in Basel, we have more variety and we ask our galleries to change their programmes for every new edition. We’re not a fair that looks to gather as many people as possible, but our aim instead is to make Volta an attractive spot for curators and collectors who feel concerned. From the start, we thought that Volta would be held in a luxury hotel, a cheap youth hostel or else a boutique hotel… The idea was to create a well-groomed but human-sized concept because we always wanted to offer a break compared with the main fairs, a place where people also come to relax.   And have you tried to create links...

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Volta NY announces its list of artists and exhibitors at its next fair

The international art fair for emerging art, Volta NY, will be held from 2 to 6 March 2016 at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. This fair welcomes about one hundred galleries and artistic installations not intended for sale, and gathers players from fifty different cities in four continents representing no less than 43 nationalities. Two-thirds of the galleries were already present at the previous edition, but newcomers will also be joining this year, from Fort-de-France, Reykjavik, Bucharest, Jeddah, Dallas, Harare, Dundee and Taipei. This openness is a perfect match for the event’s support of diversification, as pointed out by Amanda Coulson, artistic director of Volta NY: “Maybe in a smaller, fairly homogeneous town in Switzerland this might not feel uncomfortable, but in New York it felt very important to me that the diversity of the city’s residents be reflected in the range of our artists and...

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Emerging artists to take pride of place at VOLTA NY

New York, 12 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The VOLTA art fair, which runs alongside New York’s Armory Show, is to take place between 6 and 9 March in SoHo. The young fair was created in 2008 by Amanda Coulson, following on from the success of VOLTA in Basel, which was started in the mid-2000s. VOLTA shines a spotlight on the emerging art scene and young artists, with participating galleries presenting solo exhibitions of one of their artists in order to establish strong links. Ninety galleries from thirty different countries are to participate this year, offering works at generally affordable prices, between €2,000 and...

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9th Volta in Basel: first reports

Basel, 13 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). In parallel to Art Basel, from 10 to 15 June 2013, Volta 9 is spotlighting the work of young emerging artists in order to make connections between the young creation, curators and collectors. Among the first sales reported, a Zurich-based collector purchased three abstract paintings by young artist William Bradley (between €4,000 and €10,000), represented by London gallery EB&Flow, and photographic portraits by Chris Aerfeldt aroused great interest. New York-based gallery The Hole sold a work by Kadar Brock (€12,000) to a New York collector, while art dealer Kathy Grayson stressed the general interest for Holton Rowers’ Focus series. Regarding the red and white mural by South African artist Ed Young  My Other Ride is Your Mom, installed outside the fair, Marelize Van Zyil from SMAC Art Gallery declared that there had been many compliments about it, and discussions about the role and importance of public art. Works by this artist seem to arouse particular interest, especially from German...

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Great year for Art Basel

Great year for Art Basel Basel, 19 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 17 June, the 43rd edition of the contemporary art fair in Basel, in Switzerland, has ended. This year, Art Basel attracted 65.000 collectors, artists, curators and art enthusiasts from all around the world. The presence of the collectors and the results of the sales are evidence of the displayed works’ excellent quality. The visual and aesthetic choices have boosted the demand. This resulted in good results in every level of the art market. The artists’ presence and investment have certainly contributed to making this fair an event which could not be ignored revealing the trends and the artists’ importance. Consequently, many of them such as Marina Abramovic, Phyllida Barlow, Nina Beier, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Tracy Emin, Theaster Gates, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Jitish Kallat, Jannis Kounellis, Heinz Mack, Mike Nelson, Damian Ortega, Richard Phillips, Otto Piene, Gavin Turk, Richard Wentworth, Adrian Wong, and Gilberto Zorio were present at the fair. Moreover, a total of 70 institutions and museums from all around the world, representing the major players of the art market, went to Art Basel. South and North American and European collectors were, as usual, present. Yet, it was noticed that the number of Asian collectors had increased, the latter coming from China or Hong Kong. Concerning this fact, Thaddaeus Ropac declared in the fair’s press release “It has been the best show for us for a while. The Asian countries have shown a strong interest, and sales to Europeans and Americans have been on the same level as last year”. The 300 galleries presented, coming from 36 countries, have allowed 2.500 artists to be displayed. Several stands were organised in thematic exhibitions or solo exhibitions. Even though some galleries and artists were overspecialised, no medium...

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