The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to the support, cultivation, and advancement of new contemporary art. They lead two art fairs a year, in New York and Miami, working to make art accessible and fostering community among artists, gallerists, and collectors. Here are our top 5 booths in NADA New York, 2016:
Galerie Sébastien Bertrand was founded in 2007 and is an industrial harborside space located in Geneva, Switzerland, representing mostly emerging international artists. Their gallery focuses on figurative representation and the re-contextualization of signs and imagery.
Notable Piece: A Magnificent Forgetting (2016)
Edel Assanti is located in London, England, and features international artists from the US, throughout Europe, to Japan, with exhibitions including a variety of media. It is currently exhibiting a solo show by American artist Andrew Sutherland, and Amsterdam-based Pim Blokker.
Notable Piece: Lemonade (2016)
Dale Lewis is a painter educated and working in the UK. His large, panoramic paintings are a grotesque but humorous examination of hedonistic subcultures. His work references classic art pieces, recreating their compositions in this erotic and chaotic context.
Signal Gallery is an independently-minded Bushwick gallery founded in 2012 that exhibits emerging contemporary artists, focused on solo shows, site-specific projects, and performances.
Notable Piece: Source: Claude Glass (2016)
Rachel Rossin was one of a handful of artists to explore the medium of virtual reality at NADA. Her work references well-known video games such as Call of Duty, which are cultural staples of the modern generation. Immersed in an Oculus Rift headset, the viewer encounters deconstructed ghosts from familiar video games, suspended in a surreal, unstable landscape.
Proyectos Ultravioleta is an experimental gallery founded in 2009, located in Guatemala City. It is a multifaceted initiative which goes beyond typical gallery functions, hosting not only contemporary art exhibitions, but also multidisciplinary projects, concerts, discussions, and public interventions.
Notable piece: Rhythm of Palm II (2014)
Akira Ikezoe is a Japan-trained, Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose work ranges from drawing and painting to video and performance. Ikezoe's paintings present the human figure as the canvas peeking out from his bright painted backgrounds. Despite the neat, calculated compositions of his paintings, Ikezoe is able to convey the whimsical discord of human struggle.
5. Regina Rex
Regina Rex is an artist-run New York gallery founded in in 2010, and recently relocated to the Lower East Side in 2014. It represents new American artists and aims to build an exhibition context that is driven by their engagement and dialogue with other artists.
Notable Piece: Sculptures by Dave Hardy
Dave Hardy is a sculptor that creates works out of glass, foam, metal, and cement melded together in unique, precarious-looking compositions. His cement infused sponges look soft and malleable despite being hardened, dissected with glass and metal while still wet. The result confronts concepts of fragility and interaction, both in his work and in ourselves.
Saturday, May 14: Puloma Ghosh