February 19, 2011
PIER 66 MARITIME @ 26TH STREET & 12TH AVENUE
IN THE HUDSON RIVER PARK
GENERAL PUBLIC HOURS:
March 4-March 6, 12pm-7pm
Thursday March 3, 12pm – 5pm – VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 4, 7pm – 12am – Opening Night Reception
Performance: Gordon Voidwell, Tecla and Generic
Saturday, March 5, 7pm – 12am – Performance: Ninjasonik and NSR
About FOUNTAIN ART FAIR:
“The artists displaying their multimedia wares here are true avant-garde upstarts. Saturating your eyeballs with new imagery while listing on a rusty boat? Priceless.” -NBC New York
“Presenting a solid mix of street art, fine art, installation, performance, and all around general creativity, the Fountain Art Fair was a breath of fresh air for those tired of the white tents and fancy cocktails.” -Warholian.com
“Possessed of a scrappy, youthful verve lacking in its more prestigious neighbors. Fountain was distinguished by a vintage street/self-taught aesthetic” -ArtForum
“The way an art fair should be.” -The Economist
“For a riverside art fair with more grit, the Fountain Art Fair truly delivers. Named after Duchamp’s famous urinal, this one had the piss and vinegar. It’s this scrappy energy that augurs well for the continued vitality of art in the age of the declining Dow.” -Time Out New York
Fountain Art Fair was founded in 2006 as an attempt to leverage support for smaller independent galleries to gain access to larger collectors and critics. Since its inception, Fountain has held five exhibitions in Miami, one in Chicago, and is now celebrating its sixth exhibition in New York.
From its roots deep within the independent Williamsburg art scene, Fountain has grown to represent over 20 international avant-garde galleries and projects, showcasing progressive primary-market works.
Fountain’s venue, Pier 66 Maritime, is a 10,000 square-foot complex adjacent to all the major New York exhibitions such as The Armory Show and Pulse New York.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York (February 1, 2011)
Fountain Art Fair New York will celebrate its sixth successful year of showcasing avant-garde, independent artists and galleries during Armory Arts Weekend on March 3-6.
An exhibition known for its vibrant energy, focus on daringly impressive emerging art, and complete disregard for convention, Fountain is proud to announce a lineup of exhibitors and performances that is sure to outshine last year’s art frenzy.
This year Fountain returns to Pier 66 Maritime, a sprawling 10,000 sq ft venue (including salvaged lightship The Frying Pan) that provides a raw, singularly resonant environment for experiencing Fountain’s distinct mixture of progressive art, installations, and live performances.
Featuring over 20 exhibitors and independent projects-with emphasis on cutting-edge Brooklyn-based galleries and artists-Fountain will open its doors on Thursday, March 3rd with a VIP & Press preview.
Public access to the exhibition begins Friday, March 4th at 11am. Among the art projects and exhibits presented, Fountain New York 2011 will feature several veteran participants including Christina Ray Gallery, Grace Exhibition Space, Leo Kesting Gallery, We-Are-Familia, Greg Haberny, McCaig-Welles, and more.
Fountain is also pleased to welcome many outstanding new exhibitors, including Microscope Gallery, What It Is, Danni Rash & GILF!, Camel Art Space, and Mark Demos.
Recognizing and supporting Fountain’s commitment to up-and-coming, culturally resonant artwork are this year’s sponsors, including standout media institutions and tastemakers such as The Village Voice, Gakwer Artists, Flavorpill, The Onion, and The L Magazine.
Continuing Fountain’s precedent of recognizing music as a vital contemporary art form, breakout funk/pop force GORDON VOIDWELL will bring his danceable, infectious live show to Friday’s public opening night reception (March 4). With an 80’s inspired sound that’s been compared to Prince and the Talking Heads, GORDON VOIDWELL is the alter-ego of Bronx-born ex-chorister turned rap geek, Will Johnson. He will be joined by the upbeat electro-pop of TECLA, crowned by The Fader as “ringleader of a new electric circus.”
Saturday night’s event (March 5) will continue to rock the barge, with performances by hip hop/pop-punk trio NINJASONIK and other special guests.
Additional Fountain participants and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as more details on the exciting and carefully-culled lineup of exhibits, installations, partners, and events that will push Fountain New York 2011 even further beyond the boundaries of the traditional art fair model.
Fountain Exhibitors: Camel Art Space, Brooklyn * Cheap & Plastique, Brooklyn * Christina Ray Gallery, New York * Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn * Leo Kesting Gallery, New York * Marianne Nems Gallery, New York * McCaig-Welles, Brooklyn * Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn * Mighty Tanaka, Brooklyn* Temporary States, New York * Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, New York * We-Are-Familia, New York * What It Is, Chicago Independent Artist Projects: Allison Berkoy, Brooklyn * Danni Rash & GILF!, New York * Evo Love, Miami * Greg Haberny, New York * Marni Kotak, Brooklyn * Mark Demos, New York
FOUNTAIN ART FAIR INFORMATION PRESS CONTACT:
Briana Green 864.981.0288 | firstname.lastname@example.org http://fountainexhibit.com
Follow Fountain Art Fair on Facebook and Twitter LOCATION Pier 66 Maritime (aka The Frying Pan) at 26th Street, New York, NY 10011 NO CARS WILL BE PERMITTED IN HUDSON RIVER PARK DATES General Hours: March 4-6, 11 AM-7 PM VIP/Press Preview: Thursday, March 3, 11 AM-7 PM Public Reception: Friday, March 4, 7 PM-midnight Special Event: Saturday, March 5, 7 PM-midnight ADMISSION Public Weekend Pass: Friday, March 4th through Sunday, March 6th | $10 VIP/Press Preview: Thursday, March 3rd | $20 at door