"It truly is an exhilarating time."
– Kamiar Maleki
VOLTA is pleased to announce participating galleries and artists for its 2020 New York edition, marking its return to the city and its debut at Metropolitan West on Manhattan’s West Side. 53 galleries from 35 cities and five continents assemble at VOLTA New York with a diverse array of solo projects and curated presentations by artists from 22 nations. VOLTA New York’s 2020 edition will take place from March 4–8, 2020, concurrent with Armory Arts Week.
This edition, its first directed by Kamiar Maleki, hosts a focused blend of longtime returning VOLTA galleries as well as first-time exhibitors. Notably for 2020, several galleries from VOLTA’s “extended family” return to the fair after several years’ absence from participating, each contributing a compelling voice to the boutique art fair.
“It truly is an exhilarating time,” comments Kamiar Maleki, Fair Director. “VOLTA’s new ownership by Ramsay Fairs and moving to Metropolitan West as the fair’s return to the city positions us with the wind at our backs. We have focused the exhibitor list to a strong and diverse 50-plus galleries and have loosened up the solo-project mandate to offer participants greater liberty to stage their presentations as they would do so at their home galleries. This all results in a balanced and curated VOLTA New York fair, one built on artistic discovery, as our founders understood and as our 2020 edition attests. I look forward to sharing it with you all.”
These “extended family” galleries include: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), presenting a solo project by celebrated American sculptor Paul Villinski, renowned for his signature found-steel butterfly sculptures, his ambitious public works projects, and his Emergency Response Studio, created to house displaced artists post-Hurricane Katrina and first exhibited at Prospect.1 New Orleans; Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery (Santo Domingo), presenting breakout Spanish duo Los Bravú, who imbue their candid, social Pop portraiture with elements of the colonial past, inherited from their 2019 residencies in Senegal, Cádiz, and the Dominican Republic; Léna & Roselli Gallery (Budapest), presenting a study in figurative and metaphysical contrast between Hungarian painter Mózes Incze and Carrara marble sculptor Boldi; The Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London), presents recent works by two of the gallery’s premiere photography artists, Fabiano Parisi and Isabelle Van Zeijl; and The Flat – Massimo Carasi (Milan), presenting a thesis on translating ageless tradition with contemporary precision across 2- and 3D space, via Hiva Alizadeh, Paolo Cavinato, and Leonardo Ulian.
First-time exhibitors to VOLTA span the globe and artistic discipline, including strong outings by: Gallery 1957 (Accra), showcasing Yaw Owusu in a solo project built around the young artist’s socioeconomic concerns in contemporary Ghana; Marquee Projects (Bellport, NY), unveiling an installation and re-imagined studio space of the late artist, critic, poet, and performance artist John Perreault; x-ist (Istanbul), debuting new series “Wasteland” by Ansen Atilla, underscoring the Turkish artist’s ecological concerns as we enter further into the 21st century and Roya Khadjavi Projects (New York), presenting a focused view on Iran’s contemporary art scene and its cultural Diaspora, with hand-fired painted reliefs by Aida Izadpanah, video projection on paintings by twins Safarani Sisters, and mosaic Pop sculptures by Shirin Hosseinvand, in tandem with celebrated photographer Arman.
Returning galleries build VOLTA’s foundation as a venue for artistic discovery, with highlights including: Cohju Contemporary Art (Kyoto), presenting a solo project by Ryo Shinagawa, whose practice combines a studious discipline to and an energetic experimentation toward Japan’s classical Rimpa movement; Mark Hachem (Paris/Beirut), presenting three perspectives on figuration in the 21st century, via Hussein Madi, Ghazi Baker, and Wolfgang Stiller; Galerie Wenger (Zurich), presenting an immersive and site-specific vinyl and alu-dibond installation by American artist Katy Ann Gilmore; Charlie Smith London (London), portraying the emotive, mysterious, and adaptable power of the color black in painting, via a group project featuring Emma Bennett, Florian Heinke, Sam Jackson, Concha Martinez Barreto, Alex Gene Morrison, and Barry Thompson.
VOLTA NEW YORK EXHIBITORS 2020