We are in the midst of the art fair weekend in New York. It’s an amazing time when galleries across the planet converge on our city with hopes, dreams and art. In particular, I’d like to recommend stopping in on the Fountain Art Fair. It is not the largest or swankiest of the fairs but it does have an ardor that runs through the participants and spills out onto the street. The building is fantastic, it’s the site of the infamous 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art that sparked tremendous change in the direction of American artists.
Fountain Art Fair NYC, 69th Regiment Armory.
There is a wide range of work to be seen. Big Deal Arts had a strong and diverse selection of sculpture and two dimensional works. Elsewhere, I particularly enjoyed the new mixed media works from Joseph Meloy and the homegrown serigraphs of Javier Jimenez.
Approach the 7th incarnation of this bazaar expecting live music and the unexpected. You will bob your head and encounter artists working and performing. Plan to stay and throw back a few drinks, it is a good place to get comfortable and meet new people. Unlike most fairs, the booths are attended by passionate people that are not afraid to interact.
Fountain Art Fair
9 – 11 March 2012
Images courtesy of the Fountain Art Fair.