In its 16th New York edition, the VOLTA art fair, now under the guidance of Artistic Director Lee Cavaliere, will participate in Armory Week this fall. Renowned for introducing novel narratives to the art market and supporting ambitious galleries worldwide, VOLTA provides an exceptional opportunity for collectors to discover and patronize rising stars in the art world.
Originating in Basel in 2005 and expanding to New York in 2008, VOLTA is organized by Ramsay Fairs, the same entity behind the Affordable and British Art Fair. The fair is dedicated to fostering emerging and mid-career talent.
With its dual presence in Basel and New York, VOLTA offers a global perspective on contemporary art. It adeptly bridges the gap between emerging and established artists, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expressions. As a meeting point for collectors, galleries, and art enthusiasts, it offers an exciting glimpse into the art world’s future.
Innovation remains at the core of VOLTA’s curation. The newly appointed Artistic Director, Lee Cavaliere, contributes experience from notable roles at the Tate, the London Art Fair, and internationally renowned galleries.
What is Armory Week?
Known as a top international art fair, The Armory Show is a must-see for art lovers and collectors. It showcases contemporary art by established and mid-career artists. The Armory Show signals the start of New York’s art season, filling the city with electric energy. During Armory Week, New York City becomes a vibrant center of art and excitement.
If you want a more in-depth overview of Armory Week, read my post from last year, ‘What To See During Armory Week In New York City. ‘ It gives a lay of the land from the main fair, satellite fairs, Gallery Night in Chelsea, and travel tips on how to make the most of your week.
For a deeper dive, explore these additional posts:
- Art On Paper During Armory Week In New York City: Discover the varied programming at this Lower East Side satellite fair.
- A New Photo Fair For A New Age: The Inaugural PHOTOFAIRS New York: Learn about Armory’s neighbor at the Javits Center.
- Wrap-Up Of The Best Of The Armory Show: Revisit the highlights and key moments from last year’s Armory Show.
VOLTA’s New Location at Chelsea Industrial
In the heart of Manhattan’s art scene and amongst 300 galleries, VOLTA’s new home will be at the Chelsea Industrial. The relocation will offer 22,000 square feet of exhibition space and be at the center of the gallery walk and collector activity.
The additional space allows the addition of the Ukrainian Pavilion in collaboration with the Razom Foundation. The pavilion will highlight Ukrainian artists to raise awareness of their work. More details will be available soon.
VOLTA’s New Advisory Board Members
Ethan Cohen, Maryana Kaliner, Nikki Nita Ramirez, and Ola and Maya Rondiak are joining VOLTA’s Advisory Board. Ethan Cohen is a gallerist who started his New York City gallery in 1987. He specializes in modern and post-war art. Maryana Kaliner is an entrepreneurial and finance expert. She is the founder of FORMah Gallery and promotes female artists.
Nikki Nita Ramirez is an art advisor, curator, and gallery owner from New York and London. She co-founded the Danuser & Ramírez gallery in London. Ola and Maya Rondiak, a mother-daughter duo, bring different perspectives to the Advisory Board. Ola’s paintings are inspired by Ukrainian history, while Maya uses her heritage, music, and activism in her work.
Armory Week Map
With so much going on during Armory Week, planning ahead is best. So, make sure to book your flights and accommodations well in advance and make restaurant reservations.
You can view my New York City Guide to start planning your trip this fall.
The Find Contemporary Art map has yellow pins for VOLTA, The Armory Show, and the satellite fairs. The numbered blue pins are museums and galleries, and purple icons for hotels, restaurants, and transit recommendations.
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VOLTA New York | VIP and Press Preview: Sep 4, 2024; Public: Sep 5-8, 2024 | at Chelsea Industrial in the Chelsea neighborhood | 535-551 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001