Volta is unique among Armory Week art fairs in that each gallery booth exhibits a solo project by one artist. The fair is still sizable — 90 galleries in total — but it’s a nice change to devote your time to individual series of works.
Anyone who’s witnessed a massive flock of starlings soar through the sky has likely been struck by the surprising geometric shapes formed by the crush of wings. New York–based photographer Richard Barnes spent time observing some of the largest starling flocks in the world over a Rome suburb, and the images are currently on display at Foley Gallery on the Lower East Side.
The act of seeing is complicated, especially when it comes to the challenges of art. On a recent wander through the Lower East Side, I found myself in three galleries currently hosting solo exhibitions that require a closer look to reveal the details hidden from the first glance.