VOLTA, Basel’s platform for cutting-edge art and emerging international talent, mounts its eighth year this June in a showcase of primarily solo and two- or three-artist dialogues. The VOLTA8 Curatorial Board—Amanda Coulson (Artistic Director of VOLTA and Director of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas); Christoph Doswald (Chairman of the Working Committee for art in public places in Zurich); Urich Voges (art historian, economist, and co-founder of VOLTA); and David Risley (Director of David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, and founder of Zoo Art Fair, London)—assembled 81 tightly edited, inspired positions, including 64 galleries from Europe and 12 from the Americas, plus exhibitors from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.
Solo presentations remain one of VOLTA’s assets, considering the overwhelming satisfaction for last year’s more easily navigable fair. Select highlights at VOLTA8 include: Alexandra Makhlouf (Fred [London] Ltd), the talented young printmaker and 2010 artist-in-residence at David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, South Africa; Adam Jeppesen (Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen), whose large-format photography was assembled in the 2008 Steidl monograph Wake; painter Nick Fox (Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne), featured in the recent Anschlüssel: London/Berlin drawing survey at London’s C4RD; and Ulla von Brandenburg (ph-projects, Berlin), who participated in the Prague Quadrennial, Belgrade, and was commissioned an outdoor project for Frieze New York’s inaugural fair.
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