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Volta, the sister fair of the Armory, offered a great way to explore the latest emerging trends in contemporary art this year. Because the fair is actually curated, its focus is naturally on the content of the artist's work rather than the commodity aspect of the fair. And since it's still a fair, you can actually buy works that are usually more affordable than at the Armory.
The 2009 edition, curated by Amanda Coulson and Christian Viveros-Fauné, presented fifty solo shows brought together under the theme "the age of anxiety," capturing the essence of our time with brio. Parallel to the fair taking place midtown, Volta in partnership with the Tribeca Grand Hotel, brought together curators Natalie Kovacs and Victoria Brooks to curate a special project entitled "A New Stance for Tomorrow" an optimistic end note to the overall curatorial theme. This three-fold project included a domed installation and performance in the Sanctum of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, a series of short films inspired around, and including the films, of Charles and Ray Eames in the Grand Screening Room, as well as a cinepod installation on-site at VOLTA NY. The Gonick & Jacobs installation, Wildflowers of Manitoba; a geodesic dome with a dread-locked performer resting on a mattress while burning incense and playing records offered a peaceful contrast to the buoyant after-party hosted next door on Thursday night.
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