Ann Hamilton’s pop-up photo booth at Carl Solway Gallery; Wim Delvoye’s pungent tattooed taxidermied pig at Sperone Westwater; Jannis Kounellis’s massive, new multimedia installation at Cheim & Read. Solo projects such as these have recently brought ADAA: The Art Show
, the Art Dealers Association of America’s annual fair, into the contemporary realm. While certainly not alone in featuring booths devoted to only one artist, The Art Show surpasses other fairs in the robustness of its solo presentations, which increased by one third between 2012 and 2013 and account for more than half of the 27th edition this year.
In addition to providing the physical space necessary to showcase practices that would be unfeasible in traditional fair booths, the solo booths offer room for exploration and experimentation. Exemplary of ADAA members’ mastery of their artists’ primary markets, these are privileged spaces for those dealers unafraid to shake things up. Thus, alongside the expected giants of mid-century American art featured throughout the fair, this year’s solo booths give voice to exciting artists of disparate traditions and diverse backgrounds—women, British sculptors, and Italian pioneers amongst them—in whose practices can nevertheless be found throughlines: ever-challenging yet subtle new pieces, material explorations, and meditations on embodied experience.