Art Fair Guide: NYC March 2018

As winter is leaving and spring is around the corner, New York City is getting ready to host their annual art fairs spanning from March 7 - March 11, 2018. Here are just a few you should be sure to check out:

The Armory Show 2018:
The Armory Show is a four day long event that will be featuring 193 galleries from 31 countries. This is the biggest art show in New York; with artwork that ranges from historical masterpieces to the latest 20th-and 21st-century contemporary art. Boston's very own Jen Mergel is one of the curators this year, along with Gabriel Ritter (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and Naomi Beckwith (MCA Chicago). Make sure to arrive early in the day and wear your comfortable shoes, the line to get into this fair is known to be two hours or longer as the day progresses! 

Location: Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY



NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance):
The New Art Dealers Alliances’ 2018 show is another fantastic annual fair that focuses on supporting and advancing new voices in contemporary art. The fair is known for the wide variety of artwork, from emerging to more established galleries. We always enjoy the NADA Projects section of the fair, where you can discover and support new galleries - most have been operating for less than five years. The diversity of the artwork in this fair lends itself to the snap-happy social mediites looking for notable finds.

Location: Skylight Clarkson Sq, at 550 Washington St, NY

Volta 2017: Alex Gardner paintings at Taubert Contemporary

Volta 2017: Alex Gardner paintings at Taubert Contemporary

VOLTA NY will showcases solo exhibitions by established and emerging international artists. This is one of our favorite fairs to attend because each booth offers a cohesive body of work by a single artist, allowing the gallery to showcase a thematic booth - unlike the more chaotic spread of artworks you might find at the other fairs. Their goal is to attract both new and seasoned collectors alike through this more approachable format of solo booths.

Location: Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 50th Street, NY

Spring/Break Art Show:
Spring/Break Art Show will be presenting their 2018 show titled “Stranger Comes to Town” with artwork that showcases foreignness, migration, assimilation, and the articulation of Them or Us incorporated into their artwork. Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly founded the art fair in 2009, and since then it has become one of the top fairs to attend during art fair week. Known for the well-curated, thought-provoking rooms that tell a story beyond the artworks that surround you. By including new and established curators, the fair lends itself to a unique and interesting experience each year.


5 Exhibitions to See This Winter

Say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to these five exhibitions you have to check out this winter:

1. Steve McQueen: Ashes at The Institute of Contemporary Art

Starting February 15, 2018, the director of 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen will be presenting his video installation “Ashes” at the Institution of Contemporary Art. In this exhibition, McQueen has captured a young, carefree fisherman named Ashes on a soft, grainy Super 8 film - while also shooting the chronicles of Ashes unexpected fate on 16mm film. You can view McQueen's exhibition until February 25, 2018.

Steven McQueen, Ashes. Image Courtesy of the Institution of Contemporary Art/ Boston

Steven McQueen, Ashes. Image Courtesy of the Institution of Contemporary Art/ Boston

2. Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks at Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt

Don’t miss this tribute exhibition to artist Barkley L. Hendricks at Bakalar & Paine Galleries located at MassArt. This exhibition displays 24 artists works that pay hommage to Barkley L. Hendricks paintings through their diverse outlooks and approaches. This event is free and open to the public, and will start on January 17, 2018 and will go until March 3, 2018.

Jillian Mayer, Slumpies. Image Courtesy of  Tufts University Art Gallery

Jillian Mayer, Slumpies. Image Courtesy of  Tufts University Art Gallery

3. Jillian Mayer: Slumpies at Tufts University Art Gallery Aidekman Arts Center

South Florida-based artist, Jillian Mayer will be debuting her work Slumpies at the Aidekman Arts Center in Medford. Mayer’s sculptures are designed to be interactive with viewers and stated that Slumpies are “Sculptures that work for you.” These sculptures are to show viewers post-posture and how our bodies will evolve around our portable devices and smartphones. Slumpies will be on view January 16-April 15, 2018.

4. Renée Green: Within Living Memory at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

This artist, writer, and filmmaker,  Renée Green will be showcasing her show Within Living Memory at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts from February 1- April 15, 2018.  In this show, Green will be presenting an interconnection of artwork she has made in the past decade to address conditions of residency and displacement, subjective experiences, institutional memory, notions of progression, and the inescapable of decay.

5. Artists Take Action! at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College

This winter, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College will be featuring their new exhibition called Artists Take Action! This exhibition will manifest how artist use print mediums to confront the crucial social and political issue of their time. This show will  be on view starting on February 13 and going until June 10, 2018.

Artists Take Action! Image Courtesy of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Artists Take Action! Image Courtesy of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Press Release: Stranger Danger

A solo exhibition featuring the artwork by Stephanie Todhunter

February 1 – February 25, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, February 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present Stranger Danger, a solo exhibition by Stephanie Todhunter. Todhunter began working on the latchkey kids series in 2014. The backbone of the series is an ongoing succession of plaster encased vintage dolls, each re-colored and re-named. The process of plastering and inking gives the originally identical doll forms new personalities. Todhunter takes photographic portraits of these found lost girls, and uses the images in larger mixed media pieces- trying to refine their identities further. She uses this exploration of their individual stories to reflect on growing up in the late 70's and early 80's- a period of increasing divorce rates, isolation, and lack of parental responsibility.

marcy, 11 x 9 in.plaster, found object, inks

marcy, 11 x 9 in.plaster, found object, inks

The plaster encased girls (reminiscent of Han Solo encased in carbonite) start as vintage Dawn dolls from the 1970s. These dolls were only made for a brief amount of time and generally only remembered by the GenX demographic. Dawn dolls are smaller than Barbies and, although they have exaggerated, waspish waists and perky breasts, are “tweenish” in age. They were small, generic, easy to carry and easy to lose.

Once the dolls have been plastered and inked, they develop distinct and often unsettling features and personalities. The photographic portraits Todhunter takes of each girl capture and highlight these quirks. The artist then gives each girl her own generation-and-personality-appropriate name.

Her larger artworks use these same images as means to create a narrative about the lost girls. Common themes are isolation, stranger danger, missing children, parental neglect, and lord-of-the-flies-like adventure in small town suburbia. Todhunter intentionally contrasts these themes with those found in contemporary parenting: constant stimulation of the internet, helicopter parenting, snowflake children, online bullying- all of which are creating a new form of isolation among children today.

Stephanie Todhunter grew up in the late 70s/early 80s in the Midwest, and was moved from small town to small town by her single, working mother. Immediacy and experimentation are essential to her multidisciplinary practice. Todhunter's work has been included in group exhibitions and featured in solo shows across New England, and is held in private collections around the world. Most recently, Stephanie was awarded the 2017 Artist of the Year by the Cambridge Art Association, and her work was the front-cover feature of the March/April 2017 issue of Artscope. She lives and works outside of Boston, MA. 

Install shot from Stranger Danger at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

Install shot from Stranger Danger at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

New Year's Resolution: Start Collecting Art

A Guide to Making and Keeping Your Art Collecting Resolution in 2018

It’s that time of year again. We pledge to eat healthier, be happier, and throw money at pricey gym memberships we’ll never actually use. Here’s one resolution worth sticking to: start collecting art. 

Why should I start collecting art?

Unlike that gym membership, the perfect piece of art has no expiration date, no cancellation fees, and is something that you’ll enjoy and appreciate in your home every day. There are also no excuses; technology has made it easier than ever to purchase art. You can buy a painting from the comfort of your living room sofa with the touch of a button.

Buying a contemporary artwork is more than just a monetary transaction. Its value and impact extends far beyond the number on the price tag and its place on your wall. When you buy an artwork, you are investing in your community, promoting the arts as a cultural institution, bolstering the career of an emerging or mid-career artist, and possibly, embracing a meaningful message or cause. 

Identify & Develop Your Taste:

The first step to collecting is knowing what you like and what you don’t like. Collecting art is less about aesthetics and more about self-expression. The best piece of art—the one that’s truly worth your investment—is something that captivates you both visually and emotionally. That something is different for everyone; taste is personal. The more time you put in, the more you’ll refine and clarify your personal taste.

If you aren’t exactly sure what speaks to you, look around and see what’s out there. Visit auctions, galleries, and museums. Events like SoWa Boston’s First Friday are great opportunities to explore a diverse range of styles and converse with gallerists and artists alike. Browse through websites like Artnet and Artsy. Scroll through Instagram (try #contemporaryart). The educational process of collecting is an ongoing one… The more informed you become, the easier it will be to identify what you like or dislike and why.

Installation of Soul Sea I (2017) Natalia Wróbel. Oil on canvas. 72x60 in.

Installation of Soul Sea I (2017)
Natalia Wróbel. Oil on canvas. 72x60 in.

Know Your Budget:

Art collecting is for everyone. Whether your budget is $100 or $100,000, there is something out there for you. Buying and collecting art should be easy and affordable, and fine art should be accessible to everyone. Don’t be discouraged from pursuing an artwork a little out of your price range. ArtMoney is a great tool for fitting that once-in-a-lifetime, have-to-have-it piece into your  budget with monthly payment plans.

Most importantly, make sure it’s something you love:

Always acknowledge what you like, regardless of what you may think you’re supposed to like or what is current. Your art collection is a reflection of you, so be true to your personal taste. The real value of collecting comes from the enjoyment of having a great piece of art in your home, not from the potential of re-selling at a higher price. Your art collection is an embodiment of your identity and individuality, much like the clothes you wear or the music you listen to. Over time, your collection will expand and evolve, becoming a visual diary of your life and a timeline of your personal evolution.