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Charlie Schultz on stunning solo presentations at Volta, the Armory Show and Scope.

Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hear the paper pop with his breath and the snip of his scissors when he cut lengths of twine. Wilmer was as focused and steady in his movements as his audience was with their cameras set to record.

“Last year we participated in the Armory and brought a mix of artists,” said Leigh Conner of Connersmith gallery, “but Wilmer’s work has really matured and we wanted to support that. This is an excellent platform.”

The question I always wonder at Volta is how a gallerist chooses the one artist they’re going to show. It takes a certain sensibility to be comfortable with the all-in-one bet...

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InstaGrammies: The Best From #ArmoryWeek

So far Armory Week has been amazing. So has #ArmoryWeek, which, let's be real, isn't about the art. It's about YOU! We love what you shared, so we're awarding #InstaGrammies to best of all you InstaShammers who caputured the most in(sta)credible moments of #ArmoryWeek.

Best Irreverent Twerk on an Art Legend 


Best art observer caught in a provocative act with a piece of art 


Best InstaSimulacrum  


...See more...

The ArtSlant Armory Week Fair Guide:

  The Armory Show
  ADAA The Art Show

  Volta NY
  Fountain Art Fair
  Spring Break Art Show
  Moving Image

With more event highlights and details added daily...

Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial

Ryan Wong reads into the prevalence of texts at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, looking at the relationship between art-making and text-making, curating and publishing...

In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments...

Fountain Art Fair's Resident Badass: An Interview with Elizabeth Tully

Director Elizabeth Tully talks Fountain with ArtSlant STREET...

What Makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?

Natalie Hegert chats with three SPRING/BREAK curators about their projects and what makes this show an Armory Week stand out...


On the Changing Culture of the Art Fair

Charlie Schultz talks with SCOPE's Katelijne De Backer about the evolution of art fairs, her tenure as director of The Armory Show, and how art fairs affect the culture of art...

From Realism to Radicalism

Iona Whittaker speaks with Focus: China curator Philip Tinari about contemporary Chinese art at The Armory Show...


Interview with Xu Zhen

The Armory 2014 Commissioned Artist, Xu Zhen, speaks with ArtSlant correspondent Vivian Xu about commercialism, Madeln, and the legacy of Chinese art...

Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, 2010, diasec mounted photograph 26 x 45 in, Edition 6/6; Courtesy of the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. At The Armory Show, Pier 94.

Roman Signer, Piano, 2010, piano, 2 fans, 50 ping pong balls, dimensions variable; Photo: Fabrice Gausset; Courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept, Paris. At Independent.

          Mary Heilmann, Firey Pour, 2011, oil on wood panel, 40 x 31 3/4 in; Courtesy of the artist and Haüsler Contemporary, Zürich. At The Armory Show, Pier 94.

Levan Mindiashvili, Urban Identities 23, 2013, mixed media and rice paper on canvas, 6 panels, overall size 250 x 150 cm; Courtesy of the artists and The Lodge Gallery, New York. At Fountain Art Fair.


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