Fountain Art Fair, now in its eighth year, continues to be the go-to Armory Week fair if you want see and buy art that’s more alternative or DIY, less brand-name and thus less expensive than what you’d get at the Armory Show, or even Volta.
CHICAGO — The Fountain Art Fair is located at the edge a heavily industrial area of the Pilsen neighborhood where many local artists live and work. Compared to Expo Chicago, it is a welcome free-for-all DIY art oasis at the edge of an art community.
We have FIVE pairs of VIP tickets to give away to our readers and all you have to do to qualify is to enter your name and email below by Wednesday, March 7th at 5PM.
There’s tons to look forward to this year in art, but the indie energy of the Fountain Art Fair in New York definitely tops our list. To sweeten the deal, Fountain has announced that this year’s fair will take place at the historic 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th Street.
Hyperallergic is in Miami this week soaking up the sun and the art fairs, but we’ve still got the remedy for those sick with the art bug back in New York. This week’s Art Rx takes you outside Manhattan to the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island City and even Beacon, New York. You’ll be itching to jump on mass transit to workshop with musician Maya Azucan at the Bronx Museum of Art, view posters created by Iraq War Veterans and the Justseeds printmaking collaborative in Brooklyn or slip into a fabric sleeping bag in Franz Erhad Walther’s solo show at Dia:Beacon. For those who’ve escaped to Miami, we’ve also included a few events to wash down your extra-strength pill of art fairs.
If you need a palate cleanser from some of the more commercial exhibitors at Art Basel Miami 2011, then be sure to check out the always refreshing Fountain Art Fair. Fountain sets itself apart again this year with a rebellious mix of alternative gallery spaces, independent artists, musical performances, and the “self-proclaimed sexiest food truck.”
LOS ANGELES — The stretch of Imperial Street which leads to Lot 613 is prefaced by a series of murals by street artist ROA. Feathered and furry creatures drawn in spray paint serve as handy guideposts to the warehouse venue, where, over the past weekend, the Fountain Art Fair hosted works by emerging artists. The art fair arrived in Los Angeles in time for the opening weekend of the much publicizedPacific Standard Time, a series of collaborative exhibitions celebrating the region’s artistic output from 1945 to 1980. While the latter attempts to write (or rewrite) art history, the Fountain Art Fair showcased works that demonstrate the political and cultural anxieties of today’s active artists.
Over the past week, we’ve brought you an enormous volume of art fair coverage. Art fair week may be over, but just in case you missed any of the events, we have your answer here: a Hyperallergic art fair cheat-sheet, with links to all of our separate articles plus a few from other blogs.
The Fountain Art Fair was parked at Pier 66 in Chelsea, floating on the water as if at any moment it could set sail for an undisclosed location. The odd cousin in the family of New York art fair week, Fountain is a quirk DIY vision of what’s happening in contemporary art today.
Last night’s party at the Fountain art fair started off great with a rum bar and tacos that you could garnish which freshly picked mint and cilantro, but soon before midnight it devolved into an art auction where descending bids allowed the buyer — and the audience — to decide if the won work should be burned. Sometime around midnight we decided it was time to leave and fast.
If Seven art fair has been getting some buzz because of their “original” approach to bypassing the art fair system and creating their own art fair of sorts, then you should know that Fountain Art Fair was the originator of the out-of-the-box approach to the art fair.
Begun by three galleries, McCaig-Welles, Leo Kesting, and The Front Room, this year marks the 5th Anniversary and I asked two of the founders what they thought about Fountain now that’s its half a decade old.
In light of the recent censorship removal of an ant-covered Jesus video by the Smithsonian Museum, we wanted to make one thing clear and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it then with Johnny Phoenix’s “A Note to All the Indigenous People Everywhere” (2010) at McCaig-Welles Gallery, which is on view at Fountain Art Fair.