NADA Art Fair – Hudson

Images via Linsday Pollack: Art Market Views

ADA Art Fair, which runs concurrently with Art Basel Miami, will launch a new edition this July in a 19thcentury foundry in Hudson, New York.

The space is an 8,000 square foot building from 1884 just two hours outside of New York City.

The new fair location is situated near Marina Abramovic’s art foundation  – an old theatre that has been renovated into a studio and school for fellow performance artists.

NADA Art Fair (New Art Dealers Alliance) is run by a non-profit collective of art professionals and they are currently soliciting applicants to participate in their fair this summer.

For more information about NADA, please visit their website.

Asian Contemporary Art Week March 21-31, 2011

Now in its seventh year, Asian Contemporary Art Week celebrates and promotes Asian contemporary art through artist conversations, panels, screenings, book launches, exhibitions, and curator tours at over 35 museums and galleries. This year, ACAW will be held throughout New York City, and opens on the first day of spring: Monday, March 21, also celebrated as the New Year in many countries of Central Asia. Events will be held at various locations around the city for ten days, ending on Thursday, March 31.

“Asian Contemporary Art Week highlights the latest trends in contemporary art while recognizing that contemporary art in Asia doesn’t come out of nowhere,” says Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu. “This year’s program showcases emerging artists and work never seen in the U.S., and also recognizes the enduring importance of influential artists such as M.F. Husain and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, both participants in our series of artist discussions.”

As part of its mission to educate the public and to increase the visibility of artists, ACAW 2011 features Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art, a series of talks with more than 25 leading artists and professionals in the field. “Over the course of the week, ACAW Dialogues will strive to disseminate broader, more thorough knowledge of art communities and artists’ activities within and outside of Asia,” notes ACAW director Leeza Ahmady. “Enthusiasm for this project continues to build and expand, with a U.S. West Coast-based consortium now coming together to plan similar initiatives in San Francisco.”

With numerous exhibitions and artist dialogues, this year’s ACAW includes artists from the U.S. and Asia. Among the countries represented are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. Selected artists will discuss their work in exclusive interviews available at just prior to the week.

Highlights of the ACAW Dialogues include: a discussion with Mariam Ghani at the Museum of Modern Art (March 21); Rashid Rana and Pooja Sood at Sotheby’s (March 22); M.F. Husainand Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaianat Asia Society Museum (March 23); David Elliott, Massimiliano Gioni and Suzanne Cotter at the Guggenheim Museum (March 25); Ushio Shinohara and Tomokazu Matsuyama at Asia Society Museum (March 28); Liu Xiaodong at the Guggenheim Museum (March 29); Xie Xiaoze interviewed by Robert Hobbs at China Institute (March 29); a discussion with Asian Cultural Council 2011 grantees/contemporary artists Rahraw and Manizhah Omarzad, Firoz Mahmud, Chaw Ei Thein, and Fong Wah Phoebe Hui led by Leeza Ahmady at Location One (March 29); Yang Jiechangand Zheng Shengtian in conversation with Jane DeBevoise at Museum of Chinese in the Americas (March 31) and Almagul Menlibayeva at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art (March 31). Another highlight is a dramatic installation by New York-based Korean artist Atta Kim, who will create a5 and 1/2-ft-tall, 1,300 pound ice sculpture of a seated Buddha that will slowly melt in Rubin Museum of Art’s spiral lobby,from March 25 through 27. ACAW Dialogues program is sponsored by Asian Cultural Council, New York.

For a complete schedule of ACAW events, and information about participating artists and organizations, please visit Dialogues and artist talks will be recorded and made available on in collaboration with after ACAW is over.

ACAW 2011 participating venues include:

Aperture Gallery; Asia Art Archive; Asian Cultural Council; Asia Society and Museum; Bose Pacia;

China Institute Chambers Fine Art; Ethan Cohen Fine Arts; Gallery Korea/Korean Cultural Service;

Indo-American Arts Council; Jack Shainman Gallery; Japan Society; Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery; Location One; Meulensteen; Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA); Museum of Modern Art; Priska C. Juschka Fine Art; Queens Museum of Art; Rubin Museum of Art; sepia EYE; Sotheby’s; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Sundaram Tagore Gallery; Taipei Cultural Center; Tally Beck Contemporary; Thomas Erben Gallery; Tyler Rollins Fine Art; and Zürcher Studio.

Asian Contemporary Art Week is an initiative of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, which includes: Melissa Chiu and Miwako Tezuka, Asia Society Museum; Steve Pacia and Shumita Bose, Bose Pacia; Agnes Hsu, China Institute; Ethan Cohen, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts; Jean Kim, Gana Art Gallery; Jack Shainman, Jack Shainman Gallery; Joe Earle, Japan Society; Leila Heller, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery; Esa Epstein, sepia EYE;

Alexandra Munroe and Sandhini Poddar, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Barbara London, The Museum of Modern Art; Thomas Erben, Thomas Erben Gallery; Tyler Rollins, Tyler Rollins Fine Arts; Jack and Susy Wadsworth, Collectors; Xiaoming Zhang, Private Art Consultant; and Leeza Ahmady, ACAW Director (Independent Curator).

AXA Art Insurance at 2011 AIPAD PhotoShow New York

Image courtesy of AXA Art

NEW YORK – Ask any dealer presenting fine art for sale –whether collectors conduct their purchases online, at auctions or at traditional art fairs — it is inescapable, a sale is not complete unless the artwork arrives at its destination in pristine condition.

AXA Art Insurance says “Expert handling and packing are critical components in preventing irreparable damage to works of art during transit”.  With 60% of the company’s claims deriving from incidents due to improper handling, packing and transport conditions, the art insurance specialist is redoubling its efforts to keep collectors apprised of simple measures that can help to avert avoidable situations which often amount to substantial economic and emotional loss.

AXA Art will substantiate its message at the 2011 AIPAD Photography Show New York – on display at the company’s lounge will be an iconic photograph which was shipped from an international art fair and arrived at its local destination tattered and in irreparable condition. The framed artwork was improperly crated and soft-packed, causing the glass to shatter during the journey. The impact caused severe damage to the frame; remnants from the breakage penetrated the surface causing deep abrasions to the fiber of the photograph — rendering this important visual a total loss.

Colin Quinn, Claims Director at AXA Art, noted, “As an art insurer we understand that accidents do happen, that’s why we are in business.  However, using adequate packing and crating materials would have helped to avert this incident,” Quinn concluded.

Auction and sales results over the past ten years point to the public’s growing interest, and increased movement in the collection of fine art photography, not to mention the medium’s growth in value.  With so much at stake, AXA Art is using its presence at AIPAD to share its experiences and impart lessons learned.

Stephen Bulger, President of both the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and Stephen Bulger Gallery,said, “As members of AIPAD, our galleries are privileged to handle a large number of the most important photographs ever created. Our clients rely on our stewardship, a role we accept with the utmost seriousness. For this reason, we are delighted to have an art insurance partner like AXA Art who shares our passion for art and brings to the relationship access to expertise in specialized insurance, risk-prevention, valuation, preventative conservation and recovery”.

With more than 40 years of insuring art and collectibles, AXA Art has handled claims from a wide array of incidents. The company advises that statistically damage is most likely to occur during transport. AXA Art is working to place tremendous emphasis on the benefits of using skilled experts with experience in wrapping, packing, crating and shipping works of art. “Ultimately our goal is to inform and support collectors as they seek to safeguard the value and longevity of their collections,” said Christiane Fischer, President and CEO of AXA Art’s North American operations.

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A Q&A with Market Artist: Chad Kouri

Our first artist finds his inspiration from his work as a graphic designer creating texturally rich pieces that, if they look this good on your screen, imagine how they will look hanging on a wall! Chad Kouri hails from a small town north of Detroit called Clarkston but lives in Chicago where he is an active participant in the thriving art community, contributing to and creating his own magazines while working as a member of The Post Family and the RRR Collective. For The Art Dossier Market, Chad created one of kind collages using his collection of vintage paper from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with prices starting at 45 USD. The collages are unique aside from a set of an open edition letterpress prints so if you see something you like, get it before it’s gone! Just Click the Shop Now Button above to shop and read below to find out what we learned when we sat down with Chad.

TAD: How did you start as an artist?

CK: I have been making collage and mixed media work for around six or seven years now, but I always had a hard time with calling myself an artist. It just started as an extension of my design skills so I always looked at it as more design or illustration and not fine art.

TAD: Tell us about your current work and influences.

CK: I’ve always been a texture fiend. I have such a random collection of digital textures. Everything from scans of wood grain to copy machine experiments to screenshots of corrupt files. Also, as of recent, I have tried to build the relationship and harmony of colors as I put together a composition rather than predetermining color palettes before executing. As for other artists that captivate me, I’m typically more inspired by others’ techniques, work processes and studio practices than their finished pieces. Specifically, Sonnenzimmer’s work and process.

TAD: Can you talk about your process?

CK: Recently, I’ve been drawing a lot of lines between my visual art process and my music background, specifically jazz and improvisation. In jazz, you are taught standard tunes and melodies and as your skill develops and you start doing improvisation you use rearrange pieces of these standard compositions to create something new. My collage process is very similar. I take existing content, cut it up and put it back together to create something new.

TAD: Where do you get the sources of your work from?

CK: For a long time I was using mostly vintage magazines from the 60-70s and craft books from the 70-80s. The paper I collage onto usually comes from old blank scrapbooks that I find in my grandmother’s basement, at used book stores, and sometimes ebay. I really try to stay away from ebay. My most recent obsession is using scrap manila folders which I came across at The Post Family’s studio while I was looking for something else and a stellar 1967 Sears catalog that was loaned to me by a friend. Collaging is what I’m doing most often, so most people I am close with knows what kind of material I would enjoy.

TAD: What is exciting about the pieces you are selling on TAD?

CK: This is the start of a whole new body of work! I’ve almost eliminated my use of appropriated imagery and have been focusing on abstract shape and color compositions. It feels like a more grown up version of my previous work. This grouping of work is the first to be created after a year of  3 x 5  inch composition studies and exploration. I see it expanding into different mediums and varying in size much easier than my old work.

TAD: As an artist today what are some of the challenges you face?

CK: I tend to make everything as hard as possible for myself. Just as my work was getting some momentum behind it and I started getting some recognition as an artist rather than some large bearded weirdo obsessed with glue and scissors, I changed my subject matter from semi-recognizable wholesome vintage advertising imagery to geometric abstraction. My older work could at least be easily re-conceived for commercial applications. I started doing my collage work solely to entertain myself and that is the same reason I still make stuff today. To quote the great Will Bryant, “I make stuff because I get sad if I don’t”.

To find out more about Chad and write him your own fan email check out his website and be sure to click here to check out the works for sale that he has created for The Art Dossier.

The Art Dossier Tours SCOPE

The Art Dossier wrapped up Armory Arts Week 2011 by hosting a VIP tour at SCOPE New York where we highlighted a diverse selection of galleries and art and had an opportunity to speak with a few of the artists and gallerists on-hand from around the world.

Building on Miami’s success, SCOPE launched its 2011 season with its flagship fair, SCOPE New York which expanded to a hall on the West Side Highway and presented over 50 international galleries from four continents and sixteen countries. Our tour led us to some interesting work and some interesting conversations.

1)    Eleanor Harwood of Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco) walked us through her beautifully curated show of cosmic works by artists Francesca Pastine, Gareth Spor, Niall McCleuand and Renee Gertler.

2)    Anthony Spinello of Spinello Gallery (Miami) led us through his booth that commandeered most of the front entrance with eye-catching works in a variety of mediums by Antonia Wright, Barnaby Whitfield, Santiago Rubino, Lee Materazzi, Farley Aguilar, Agustina Woodgate and TYPOE.

3)    Gallerist Christopher Paschall (Bogota, Colombia) shared with us works from contemporary Colombian artists who are looking at their own society and surroundings to produce meaningful and sometimes politically driven work that the gallerist has displayed around the world. We were treated to pieces by Joel Grossman and Rodrigo Echeverri.

4)    Janine Bean Gallery (Berlin) walked us through their solo show of work by 25 year old Berlin-based painter Anna Borowy and left us with thoughts of Spring.

5)    We stopped off at the Artists Wanted (New York) booth where artists Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw had won the SCOPE prize which included a booth and a $10,000 grant. The installation featured live artists having their own bacchanal complete with half-naked live models, wine flowing from fountains, sausage and slaughtered animals strewn about.

6)   We rounded the corner to Gallery Dukan & Hourdequin (Paris) where we got the opportunity to speak with artists Craig Wylie and Olivier Masmonteil who walked us through their installations of large-scale landscapes by Masmonteil juxtaposed against the hyper-real portraits of Wylie.

7)    We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to speak with English Kills Gallery (Brooklyn) and see the paintings and installations they brought that included a two-way telephone booth bar by Andrew Ohanesian and large-scale paintings by Jim Herbert, sculptures by Softee and works by Peter Dobill, Steven Harding, Steven Thompson and Andy Piedialto.

8)    We finished up our tour with a walkthrough and cocktail reception at Tally Beck Contemporary (New York) who brought the work of  Chinese Collective Island 6, photographs by Anne Li, large-scale luscious paintings by Chen Ping, ink on paper works but Be Takerng Pattanopas and beautiful oil paintings by Songwoot Kaewvisit.

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Images courtesy of Culture Map and AW Asia.

From May 2nd to July 15th, Ai Weiwei’s sculptural installation Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be displayed at the fountain located in front of the Plaza Hotel. The highly anticipated installation is organized by AW Asia in collaboration with the city of New York.

The installation consists of twelve bronze animal heads – a reinterpretation of the Chinese Zodiac signs and the original bronze statues at the fountain of Yuanming Yuan, the Old Summer Palace, in Beijing. The original bronze statues of the animal heads spouted out water on a two-hour rotation and were designed by two European Jesuits for the Emperor Qianlong. The palace was later looted by British and French troops in the 1860s and today only seven of the twelve heads have been recovered.

In 2009, the original rabbit and rat statues were featured in the Christie’s Yves Saint Laurent Collection sale in Paris and sparked controversy when a Chinese buyer was the highest bidder on the bronzes but refused to pay. He noted that proper documentation must be provided in order for artifacts to enter or exit China and since the bronze statues were “illegal,” Christies cannot deliver the bronzes to the buyer in China even if he did pay for them.

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be Ai Weiwei’s first large scale public installation in the United States. It is uncertain whether the artist will be granted a temporary visa since he is still under house arrest and is banned from traveling.

March 4th, 2011 – Day 4 of Armory Week Madness

PULSE NY MARCH 3-6, 2011

David B Smith, Denver – PULSE

Through its annual editions in New York and Miami, PULSE serves as the junction between central and satellite art fairs. Its exhibitors consist of a select group of leading and pioneering international galleries that present works by premier contemporary artists with those of emerging and undiscovered talents. A central component of the fair is its program of commissioned cultural projects that link its audience to all aspects of the visual and performing arts.

PULSE Art Fair moved to the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th street, just a short walk from the Chelsea Gallery District. With a strong representation of New York-based galleries, we found Pulse well curated, well lit, easy to navigate and saw some interesting and highly approachable work along the way.

Joshua Liner Gallery, New York – PULSE

Here’s our list of must-sees from PULSE New York 2011.

1) Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions ( San Francisco) Cassandra C Jones’ solo exhibition

2) CTS Creative Thriftshop (Brooklyn) Eric Doeringer’s set of 75 Stains in portolio and handmade box (after Ed Ruscha) from 2009.

3) Dorsch Gallery (Miami) Robert Thiele’s wood, Acrylic sheet and mixed media wall sculptures.

4) David B Smith (Denver) Molly Dilworth’s 39 Times Square Pour Paintings.

5) ftc (Berlin) Markus Linnenbrink’s epoxy resin sculptures.

6) Joshua Liner Gallery (New York) in the Impulse section presenting a talking David Ellis installation that shouldn’t be missed.

7) Benrimon Contemporary (New York) Trey Speegle’s Yes (You Complete the Picture) in his recognizable paint by numbers painting-style.


G Spot, Brooklyn – FOUNTAIN

Fountain Art Fair opened to the general public today on the historic lightship at The Frying Pan. An alternative exhibition of galleries and art collectives, Fountain Art Fair exudes youth and confidence with its street art installations, curated performances, and live music. There is a sense of spontaneity and an overindulgence of the senses that one can get only at a progressive fair like Fountain.

A must-see (and hard to miss) is the site-specific 100-foot long street art installation upon entering the fair. The project is a continuation of Fountain Miami’s highly successful street art installation and features notable artists such as Chris Stain, Dickchicken!, Faro, Gaia, Shark Toof, Clown Soldier, Love Me, Ellis G, Allesandro Echevarria, Lee Trice, Imminent Disaster, Elle, Hellbent, Joe Iurato, and Anthony Sneed.


March 3rd, 2011 – Day 3 of Armory Week Madness

VOLTA NY MARCH 3-6, 2011

Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects/Mulherin Pollard Projects, Toronto/New York

VOLTA NY, an invitational show of solo artists’ projects, opened today to an impressive crowd – just 30 minutes into the preview the fair was packed with a good mix of collectors, press, and art enthusiasts.

There was a noticeable increase in galleries showing portrait drawings throughout the fair.  A standout was New York’s Mixed Greens and the series Currency from January 2011 to Present by artist Mary Temple. Temple has a habitual practice of selecting an event from an Internet news source and drawing a world leader’s portrait everyday. Each ink on paper drawing is completed by midnight and the position of the portrait on the page is a reflection of Temple’s point of view about the day’s event.

Immediately after walking up the stairs to the café, one can’t help but notice the larger than life portraits by Winnie Truong at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. Truong’s pencil crayon on paper drawings are hauntingly beautiful with its series of characters covered in hair. Her portraits show a contrast of the character’s majestic demeanor and its animalistic nature.

Galerie Heike Strelow

Other must-sees at VOLTA are:

1)   The meticulous cut-outs of ledger paper by Jill Sylvia shown at Magrorocca (Milan).

2)   Sculptures by Sabine Gross at Magnus Müller Temporary (Berlin).

3)   An installation of drawings on plastic bags by Katrin Ströbel at Galerie Heike Strelow (Frankfurt).

4)   Mixed media and oil on canvas paintings by Christian Schoeler at Schuebbe Projects (Düsseldorf).

5)   Laurina Paperina’s How to Kill an Artists animation series at Perugi Artecontemporanea (Padua).


The second edition of INDEPENDENT, the award winning temporary exhibition forum devised by and for gallerists will take place at the former DIA Center for the Arts.

INDEPENDENT takes place on the second, third and fourth floors of the building and  is open to the public free of charge, Thursday from 4 to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday from 12 to 4 PM. The layout of the exhibition is customized to reflect the spatial and curatorial concerns of each of over 40 international participants, who are presenting solo and group exhibitions as well as shared collaborative presentations.

INDEPENDENT strives to reexamine traditional art fair models and methods of presentation, in response to the changing attitudes and growing challenges for artists, galleries, non-profits, curators and collectors as the experience of viewing and interacting with contemporary art in a group context.

INDEPENDENT was conceived by Elizabeth Dee (Elizabeth Dee, New York and founder of X Initiative) and Darren Flook (Hotel, London). The 2011 edition of Independent was developed in conjunction with creative advisor Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York) as well as co-directors Jayne Drost and Laura Mitterrand.

It was packed with people and good art and the museum setting only enhanced our viewing pleasure. Look below to see our top picks from the show this year.

Hard Hat

1) The beautiful Alice Channer sculptures, Kools, 2010 from The Approach gallery in London.

2) Michel François’ large-scale sculpture Pièce Détachée 2010 from Bortolami Gallery in New York.

3) The haunting and realistic painting by Marta Riniker- Radich from Hard Hat gallery in Geneva.

4) New work from Carol Bove at Hotel from London.

5) Karma International, Zurich’s piece by Pamela Rosenkranz The Most Important Body of Water is Yours 2010.

6)  ANDREW KREPS GALLERY, NEW YORK brought a bright ROBERT MELEE sculpture.

7) Johann König gallery from Berlin has a wood installation byAlicja Kwade that is beautiful in the space.