By Paul Laster
With the influx of art fairs landing in New York this week, advance planning is key. Here, we have sifted through the lists of exhibitors at the top four fairs—the Armory Show, Volta NY, Independent and NADA—to highlight the art and artists that we believe merit the most attention.
Nearby at Pier 90, the 11th edition of the Armory Show’s sister fair, Volta NY, offers 85 galleries from 48 cities presenting a global vision of contemporary art.
Collage is at the core of much of the art on view at the fair, ranging from the gallery booths to the curated group exhibition. Colombian artist Harold Ortiz, for example, manipulates illegally downloaded image bank pictures in his photographs at Medellin’s Timebag; Damien Hoar de Galvan assembles cut pieces of painted wood to construct organic and geometric forms on simple bases at Seattle’s Studio E; Tommy Hartung juxtaposes his own creations with found materials and footage to create fragmented cultural narratives in video, photography and sculpture at New York’s C24 Gallery; and Jean-Sébastien Denislayers a variety of painterly marks on Mylar to construct colorful abstract paintings at Montreal’s Galerie Simon Blais.
New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas and independent curator Racquel Chevremont joined forces to organize “The Aesthetics of Matter” in the Curated Section of the fair. Taking collage as the point of departure, the eight-artist exhibition explores the medium through cultural, personal, and material concepts. Standout artists in the show include Tomashi Jackson, who uses Josef Albers’s 1963 text Interaction of Color to explore the history of racial segregation in her painterly assemblages; David Shrobe, who creates surreal portraits by combining his figurative paintings and drawings with found materials; and Kennedy Yanko, who makes abstract sculptures by blending rubbery skins of poured paint and crumpled paper with bits of marble and scrap metal. Pier 90, New York City
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