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New York Art Week Kicks Off With Unprecedented Events

Sister art fairs will showcase works from 150 galleries representing 1,200 artists...

NEW YORK (April 21, 2016) – Returning May 3-8 to Pier 94 for its second year, Art New York, along with the debut of its sister fair, CONTEXT New York, will showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries.  The two highly anticipated events launching New York Art Week are organized by Art Miami, the preeminent producer of leading international contemporary and modern art fairs.  Along with presenting notable artworks such as the never-before-seen 1947 Picasso piece Oiseau en Cage, an exclusive piece by Yayoi Kusama worth over $1 million, Superman by Andy Warhol, Psalm 23: Dominus regit me by Damien Hirst, British artist Piers Secunda’s ISIS Bullet Holes and Lisa Wright’s Fastened by a Button of Silk, the fairs will feature a number of special programs, interactive booths from sponsors, and speakers at the 1AN Art Symposium.

“Not only will these fairs display an unprecedented selection of works from around the world, but programs by internationally known curators, informative interactive booths, and discussion panels featuring prominent art influencers will also be offered,” said Art Miami’s Executive Vice President Nick Korniloff.  “From the influence of technology on contemporary art, to the exploration of the role of motion in abstraction, to in-depth tutorials on monetizing and funding collections, this special programming distinguishes Art New York and CONTEXT New York and exemplifies the overall richness of the fairs’ presentations.”

Special Programs include:

Art in Public Spaces positions provocative installations and large-scale site-specific projects by artists participating in the fair.  Of particular note is a monumental monochromatic work on paper by Sarah Amos, Cats in the Cradle.  The piece was featured prominently in the film Black Swan and will be shown for the first time in public at Pier 94.

CONTEXT New York’s ART FROM BERLIN will offer insight into Berlin’s influential art scene with five contemporary galleries selected by a panel of Berlin-based curators and art critics. In particular, The Jewish Museum Berlin will exhibit Boris Lurie, who is known for his much discussed and controversial works accusing society of failing to come to terms with its crimes against humanity by packing evidence of them between advertising and everyday banalities.

A curated sound program by Christoph Cox, Sound Positions at CONTEXT New York creates an immersive and intimate listening experience, including some of the most prominent and compelling practices in sound art today: electronic composition, field recording, audio poetry, experimental documentary, and sound collage. The project features works by an international selection of emerging and established sound artists such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Olivia Block, Maria Chavez, Holly Herndon, Ernst Karel, Matt Krefting, Chris Kubick, Jake Meginsky, Aura Satz, Jennifer Walshe, Yan Jun and Dajuin Yao.

Curated by Regine Basha, :Digits to Digital: will be exhibited at CONTEXT New York and refers to our hands as our first source of technology and how this affects the digital realm. Focusing on the physicality of the handmade, hand-built and hand-driven sources in digital works or moving images, the program features video works by Leah Beeferman, Joey Fauerso, Brent Green, Kristin Lucas, Birgit Rathsmann and Carmelle Safdie.

CREATIVE CAPITAL | Editions: will present a selection of prints and objects by artists who have been supported by Creative Capital. Artists included: Simone Leigh, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Connie Samaras, Eve Sussman, SuttonBeresCuller and Wu Tsang. Creative Capital has awarded nearly $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel and career development services.

The generous 2016 cultural sponsors and partners for Art New York and CONTEXT include El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum, SculptureCenter, International Center of Photography, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Americas Society and New York Academy of Art, and One Art Nation. Select sponsors will showcase exhibitions and interactive booths at both fairs:

The New York Academy of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of alumni works selected by Dean of Academic Affairs Peter Drake and Director of Exhibitions Heidi Elbers. The International Figure focuses on the works of the Academy’s international student population. On Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m., Academy President David Kratz along with Peter Drake invite collectors and patrons to their booth to meet with featured Academy artists for cocktails and conversation while enjoying an exhibition of their work.

CONTEXT New York’s Relational Abstractions: El Museo del Barrio will feature “Relational Abstractions,” a special exhibition curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. What happens when geometry begins to move? The purest form of modernist ideals — geometric shapes, planar forms — these are the foundation of abstraction. When these shapes move or seem to move due to our perception of them, a new relationship is formed or perhaps an old one is deepened. El Museo del Barrio’s participation in CONTEXT New York explores the continued relevance of the optical and kinetic art movements to contemporary aesthetics.  

Finally, One Art Nation (1AN), an online network for art collectors, and Art New York are partnering to present the 1AN Art Symposium.  This must-attend complimentary educational event offers an expertly curated program for collectors, enthusiasts and professionals.  May 6 – 8, fair visitors can attend daily education sessions offered by leading advisors, dealers, curators, critics, and artists to speak on a range of topics to help first time buyers, established collectors and industry members to build, maintain and protect their collections.  The symposium is free for all fair visitors and can be found in the café area of Art New York.  Notable sessions include:

Trends of the Art World from an Investment Perspective Panel (Friday, May 6, 3 – 3:45 p.m.): As the finance industry moves towards viewing art as an asset, more collectors are looking to monetize their art and invest it in other interests.  Lending against an art collection allows for collectors to gain collateral without selling their works.  Innovative art funds also are offering investors an opportunity to buy high-end art along with a complete art service solution.  Annelien Bruins, an internationally acclaimed art advisor, and fellow experts discuss trends and advise on the financial benefits of this tangible asset.

Artist Spotlight – A Conversation with Yuroz (Saturday, May 7, 2 – 2:30 p.m.): This session features a conversation with artist Yuroz Gevorgian, represented by the Moso Art Gallery exhibiting at Art New York 2016, about his “Symbiosis” Collection, a visual symphony of perspectives and dimensional rhythm.  Through ambitious abstraction and sleek expressionist appendages, Yuroz and Bruce Helander, renowned art critic, writer, curator and artist, will guide attendees to reckon the interdependence between their survival with nature, and nature’s survival with the attitude of the human race.

New Tools of the Trade Panel (Sunday, May 8, 3 – 3:45 p.m.):  This panel discusses what it means to collect in the digital age.  It’s undeniable how much technology has influenced art and its market in recent decades.  Hosted by artnet, art experts Lucy Redoglia, a museum marketing and social media expert for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Connor Williams, New York-based art market specialist, the panel will explore technological developments and applications throughout the whole of the art business.

The combined exhibition space of Art New York and CONTEXT New York will cover more than 200,000 square feet, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Hudson River.  Tickets are currently available online at www.artnyfair.com; one-day passes for $40, multi-day passes for $75 and senior/students passes for $25.


About Art Miami

Art Miami LLC is a partnership consisting of art and media industry veterans Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler.  In addition to three fairs during Miami Art Week — Art Miami, CONTEXT and Aqua — the company annually produces Art Wynwood during Presidents Day weekend in February, Art New York and CONTEXT New York in May, Art Southampton in July, and Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco in October.

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