This week saw the opening of highly anticipated VOLTA, the Armory Show’s invitation-only, sister art fair, packed with viewers eager to see what's on view from the 100 exhibitors in attendance. Organizers described the eighth edition of the New York iteration as the most diverse yet.
What sets VOLTA apart from the numerous art fairs dotting Manhattan this week is its focus on lesser known and emerging artists, as well as the fact that each gallery shows only one or two artists per booth. The unique format allows for the introduction to a wide range of new talent while simultaneously affording an in-depth look at individual artists' works.
First-time Volta exhibitors Victori + Mo from Brooklyn showed work by artist Brian Willmont, whose show "Chaos and Wild Again" is on view at their Bushwick gallery space through March 27.
Their booth included a site-specific installation of two paintings which disappear against an identically-patterned wall. Managing gallery partner Celine Mo describes his work as combining trompe l'oeil and airbrush techniques in a graphic, abstract style.
Another first-time exhibitor was Montreal gallery Simon Blais, which presented a solo booth of work by artist Jessica Peters, whose multi-layered work associate director Francois Babineau describes as both "gestural and geometric."
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