VOLTA NY is the invitational fair of solo artist projects. It celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this year with over 100 artists represented by galleries located in over 50 cities in 38 countries located on 5 continents. These are the artists that grabbed our attention.


1. Faig Ahmed, Sapar Contemporary, Booth C02

Why? Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed’s hand knotted “carpets” each have a glitch in them in the most beautiful way. His works reimagine ancient crafts and create new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes.



2. Lauren Fensterstock, Claire Oliver Gallery, Booth D04

Why? We have recently wrote about Lauren Fenterstock’s elegant black mirrors and you must see them in person. Fensterstock presents an opportunity to look out, beyond, and within.



3. Martin Klimas, Foley Gallery, Booth C11

Why? Martin Klimas’ high speed photography of breaking ceramic figures are reminiscent of Muybridge. The photographs explore relationships with time, beauty and destruction. In his work with Porcelain, Klimas uses a strobe light and a single camera frame; one chance of the figurine dropping and shattering.



4. E2 – Kleinveld & Julien, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Booth A14

Why? The duo of Kleinveld and Julien’s photographs reinterpret famous paintings by changing the race and sometimes the sexual orientation of the subject matter. Empathy We Trust, presents viewers with re-imagined iconic images from the history of art. The collaborators re-envisioned the work of old master painters beginning with the Flemish Primitives and spanning nearly 600 years.



5. Zhang Yanzi, Ora-Ora Gallery, Booth A10

Why? Zhang Yanzi spent several week,s in residence at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences researching for the powerful work she present this year at Volta. Her detailed ink style is a must-see in person.

VOLTA NY is the invitational fair of solo artist projects and is the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”. VOLTA NY MARCH 1–5, 2017, Pier 90, New York.