An inaugural exhibition of light-based sculptures by eight artists, inspired by the many lighting stores on Manhattan’s Bowery, opens this Saturday, September 18.
NADA’s programming this year focuses on the local, emphasizing the ongoing programming of brick and mortar galleries over the quick fix of an art fair.
With the permanent invasion of art fairs into the art world economy like a plague, most galleries, no matter how cutting-edge or avant-garde, seem to believe (whether from actual or perceived necessity) that they must participate in all of the increasingly frequent art fair seasons. This endless stream of fairs forces smaller galleries that show conceptual, abstract, or experimental work into a setting devoid of context, stripping the art of its desired impact or importance. While I’m certainly not the first to point this out, nowhere was it more noticeable recently than at NADA New York.