Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clio - NY Art Fairs 2015

     Clio was a small independent fair during the NY Art Fairs in March. A juried selection, and I'm assuming the participants kicked in for the space etc, but I don't know for sure. Chatted with Alessandro Bernim the founder. His card reads "Clio Art Fair - The Anti-Fair for Independent Artists." My one complaint was that when you got to the building, there was no listing in the lobby for which floor they were on. Posters, yes, but no directions. Someone else was in the lobby and left because she couldnt be bothered exploring 5 or 6 floors to locate it. Anyway, a few shots:

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Email from the folks at PULSE Art Fair

Got an email from the folks at PULSE NY Art Fair, with notes and name-dropping from the fair.
Here's most of it for you to peruse -

PULSE New York Closes 10th Anniversary on High Note

March 10, 2015, New York, NY - PULSE Contemporary Art Fair closed its 10th anniversary edition in New York on a high note, as participants reported positive energy and solid sales. With more than 100 international artists to discover, the fair drew serious collectors, curators and journalists from around the world -- "la creme de la creme," reported first-time exhibitor, John Ferrere from Paris¹ Galerie L'Inlassable, which sold its entire selection of sculptures by Reinhard Voss. "Whatever PULSE is doing to attract VIPs and young collectors, it's working," said David Moore of Pictura Gallery.

³This is my third PULSE Contemporary Art Fair at the helm, and the most exciting to date.² said Director, Helen Toomer. ³I think the exhibitors, their artists and our visitors felt and absorbed the renewed energy. PULSE¹s move back to March during Armory Arts Week was definitely the right decision. With that said, Thursday¹s snowstorm definitely had us all worried, but we were thrilled to find that it did not impact our attendance and I¹d like to thank our wonderful collectors for attending and for their unwavering commitment to supporting and acquiring contemporary art.¹

Visitors praised PULSE New York¹s central location at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, a convenient hub for discovering new art in an intimate and stimulating setting. Both visitors and exhibitors noted that the fair¹s airy layout and tightly curated focus‹with 80% of galleries showing three or fewer artists‹allowed visitors to spend time truly engaging with the artwork on display while getting to know the exhibitors. "It's really well laid out," said Nancy Whitenack from Dallas' Conduit Gallery. "You don't miss a thing."

Of the fair¹s 50 exhibitors, both established and up-and-coming galleries reported successful showings. Gallery Poulsen of Copenhagen sold out its entire booth and inventory of paintings by Jean-Pierre Roy, Aaron Johnson, and Christian Rex Van Minnen to diverse collectors, including Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette, Leonardo DiCaprio and Helena Christensen. "It's been wild," said gallerist Morton Poulsen. "I've never experienced this interest‹and it's both new and good collectors who are coming.² In addition to sales at the fair, galleries reported interest in new commissions and also museum shows as curators and corporate collections from Microsoft, eBay, JPMorgan Chase and Citicorp, to the Jerusalem Museum, 21c Museum Hotels, Rubin Foundation, The Aldrich Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Children's Museum and Jacksonville MoCA among others were in attendance.

While established galleries fared well, including New York¹s Davidson Gallery, which sold a suite of six cryographs by Sam Messinger to an unnamed museum trustee on the first day and went on to sell two works by Nicky Broekhuysen in the gallery¹s first ever showing of the artist, both younger galleries and alternative spaces reported great results through the IMPULSE and POINTS initiatives. ³The booth totally rocks and the flow of people has been great‹and totally worth it,² said Mima McMillan of Swoon Studio/Braddock Tiles which sold more than 100 prints in the first hour of the Private Preview Brunch. ³We¹re a non-profit so for us to spend money on something like this is a huge decision. PULSE has a great reputationŠ we would definitely do it again.² Meanwhile, SVA Galleries reported sales of three watercolors by Nadine Faraj to Kyle DeWoody, and YUKI-SIS, an emerging gallery from Tokyo, placed a large, lace-inspired woodcut by Katsutoshi Yuasa with a collector from Washington, D.C., who was not aware of the artist¹s work prior to PULSE New York. ProjectArt, a non-profit which aims to raise awareness about the importance of arts education, hosted a wildly popular digital photo booth at the fair that founder Adarsh Alphons estimates reached an audience of 1 million viewers through social media postings and the hashtag #artisaright.

Among the booths to gain particular attention was Emerson Dorsch (Miami, FL), whose artist Elisabeth Condon was awarded the 2015 New York PULSE Prize for an exceptional solo show at the fair for her colorful mixed-media paintings born out of a residency in Shanghai. In addition to being a favorite of fair visitors and the PULSE Prize jury, the work attracted the attention of collectors, with Condon¹s painting ³Ethereal Body² being acquired by the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. ³We¹re really excited to be back at PULSE. It feels like coming home,² said gallerist Tyler Emerson Dorsch. ³When the director of the fair has such great energy, it makes a difference.²

Special programming was also a strong draw for visitors to PULSE, with particular buzz surrounding PLAY, the video and new media initiative curated by Billy Zhao of the Marina Abramovic Institute, and the 10th-anniversary curatorial roundtable discussion 10 x 10 which featured ten passionate curators, including Rocio Aranda-Alvarado from El Museo del Barrio and Matthew Israel from Artsy in conversation about their visions for the future. Crowds of art-lovers attended the at-capacity Thursday night Young Collectors Cocktails featuring a musical performance by Chargaux as well as the After-Party held on Saturday evening at Hotel Americano.

PULSE New York once again proved to be a destination for collectors looking to acquire museum-quality contemporary art ranging from new works by forward-thinking emerging talent to limited edition, hard-to-find pieces by established artists. In addition to the art professionals who visited, PULSE welcomed celebrity VIPs including George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, David Alan Grier and Dev Patel, who purchased a piece by James Austin Murray from Lyons Wier Gallery. Along with an engaged local crowd there was strong attendance by international visitors with buyers coming from Berlin, London and Israel, as well as repeat visitors who attend PULSE Miami Beach. The high-energy fair had dealers praising the new direction of PULSE with galleries and collectors both excited and eager to return. "Between participating in Miami and New York fairs this marks our 14th time exhibiting at PULSE,¹ said Max Davidson from Davidson Contemporary, ³and we are proud to be part of this community as it continues to grow and mature. Sales were strong and we are looking forward to continuing with PULSE in Miami Beach.²

Monday, March 16, 2015

PULSE NY 2015 - NY Art Fairs

     So after getting snowed in by mother nature once again, I finally made it in to do some art fair hoppin' beginning with PULSE. Pulse is always a steady boat to me, consisting of solid work but not straying to far from the viewers' reach like the Independent does. As I woud soon notice in other fairs, there was quite a bit of abstract painting. In the mid sized range, loose, not overly wrought. I suppose one could see that as a lack of fire, energy and/or emotion. Not sure if that's fair, but the work felt "quieter" in that there wasn't alot of vigorous brushwork, angst, intense color. Again, I'm tempted to say not much energy, but there was, just a different kind of energy. The paintings seemed more methodical, calmer, like the artists were into thought, design, and process rather than action. More controlled, and more shapes throughout. Curious to see if this observation is consistent in the other shows.

Anselm Gluck - Galerie Frey, Vienna
     PULSE always seems to have a variety, though, and here are some more shots. The suitcase sculptures below had flowing water, light, etc from a series called "Traveling Landscapes."

Kathleen Vance - Rockelmann &, Berlin

Christian Rex van Minnen - "Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E.", oil on linen 44x60 - Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Jean-Pierre Roy - "The Peripheral Path", oil on canvas 38x50 - Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Large balls with images projected on them.
     When I came to Inliquid, I recognized the name Melissa Maddonni Haims but couldn't place it. Fortunately she was there, and remembered me from Miami where she was doing street art (I wrote about her work in The Gallery Guy). Still knitting, her new work addressed the death of a close friend via quilting and sculptural pieces. The pile of "stones" represents how many cultures use stones as markers for death.

     Ye Hongxing presented this large, playful piece at Art Lexing (Miami) using stickers, beads, embellishments and objects showing the clash between modern techno China and its traditional and spiritual roots.

 The piece on the right, "Barbie Lives In the Police State" by Margaret Roleke makes use of the not-uncommon method of assembling objects and giving them a monochrome coating. Playful and fun. Contrasting but somehow kind of working together was the work on the left by Ryan Sarah Murphy. At Odetta Gallery's booth (Brooklyn).

Yevgeniy Fiks - oil on canvas