Filed under: Art Fairs, DC | Tags: Alex Ebstein, art fair, Corcoran, DC, DC Cheer, eMerge, Free Art Booth, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Kristina Bilonick, Matthew Smith, MICA, NUDASHANK, Peacock, platform, Sophia Guerci, Tammi Campbell
Unlike the gallery platform, two-dimensional works were a bit less common in the artist platform at (e)merge. It’s not surprising — in their call to artists the organizers expressed an interest in site-specific work that engaged with the idiosyncrasies of a hotel setting. But it may also point to the organizers’ desire to favor experimentation over commerce in this portion of the fair. There were simultaneous performances throughout (e)merge, and they were hard to miss, but we also got a look at a couple of two-dimensional works as well. New American Paintings’ contributors, Matthew Smith and Alex Ebstein, discuss the artist platform at (e)merge, which closed yesterday. More after the jump!
DC Cheer!, an artist project led by Kristina Bilonick, greeted artists with encouragement as they arrived. Photo by E. Brady Robinson
Filed under: Art Fairs, DC | Tags: ADA Gallery, Andy Moon Wilson, Bart O'Reilly, Conner Contemporary Art, Curator's Office, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, DC, Ella Kruglyanskaya, eMerge, Jiha Moon, Jimmy Trotter, kendell carter, Matthew Smith, monique meloche, Nina Bovasso, White Columns
(e)merge kicked off with a preview and poolside party on Thursday evening. Featuring two platforms, one for galleries and the other for unrepresented artists, the fair occupies the first three floors of the Capitol Skyline Hotel as well as the lower level parking garage. I took a look around the gallery platform on Friday — just about 40 exhibitors — and will be checking out the artist platform on Saturday. My report on the galleries, with lots of images, after the jump. – Matthew Smith, DC Contributor
Filed under: Art Fairs, Art World, DC, Q&A | Tags: Capitol Skyline Hotel, Connor Contemporary, DC, eMerge, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Matthew Smith, Morris Lapidus, open art collection, Pulse, Rubell Family Collection, White Columns
The (e)merge art fair (September 22 – 25, 2011) — founded and organized by Conner Contemporary Art co-directors Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith, as well as by Helen Allen, founder and former director of Pulse — officially opens its doors tonight at the Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.. The focus of the fair is on emerging artists, but not just those arriving via their dealers and gallerists. Nearly half of the approximately 80 exhibitors will be unrepresented artists vetted by a selection committee that included White Columns director Matthew Higgs, megacollector Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection, among other art professionals. Which practically guarantees that (e)merge won’t be another big-box art fair. Earlier this week I caught up with the organizers of (e)merge, no doubt very busy with last minute preparations, to talk about the concept behind their project. Our conversation after the jump. – Matthew Smith, DC Contributor