VOLTA14 | Announcing Exhibitors for 2018 Edition

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VOLTA — Basel’s art fair for new international positions — welcomes 75 galleries across five continents to Elsässerstrasse 215, the former COOP distribution center near Novartis Campus and Voltaplatz — site of the original VOLTAshow — for the fair’s 14th edition, from Monday, 11 June through Saturday, 16 June, concurrent with Art Basel Week 2018.

"VOLTA's journey started 14 years ago at Volta-Platz in Basel, right around the corner from our latest venue,” notes Amanda Coulson, VOLTA Artistic Director. "Throughout the years, VOLTA consistently claimed new territory through content and location. Always evolving, continuously reinventing our shape, consistently moving forward, constantly exploring new terrains and positions. We aim to do what we do best: providing a platform for professional gallery work while remaining a place for research and discovery.”

Half of the positions this year feature solo artist projects and “dialogues” between two artists, the foundation of VOLTA’s focused and artist-centered program. Among the 20 solo presentations for 2018: Jorma Puranen (presented by Galerie Anhava, Helsinki), a conceptual photography pioneer and celebrated vanguard of the Helsinki School; Malala Andralavidrazana (presented by Alessandro Casciaro, Bolzano), the Paris-based Malagasy artist whose re-appropriated precolonial maps encourage cultural centering and global connectivity; Jaco van Schalwyk (presented by Barnard Gallery, Cape Town), who unveils Nemora, an enveloping forest installation that reflects both Paradise and the peril of over-industrialization; Ilona Szalay (presented by Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh), a Threadneedle Prize finalist, whose figurative compositions on aluminum speak strongly to #MeToo; and a commentary on value structures, via mechanized cardboard object-sculptures by Daniel Agdag (presented by MARS Gallery, Windsor), whose film Lost Property Unity was shortlisted for Best Animated Short at the 2018 Oscars.

Highlights from the 20 dual-artist booths at VOLTA: a consideration on art as activism presented by AD Gallery (Athens), featuring Manuel Ocampo, who co-represented The Philippines at the 57th Venice Biennale, and Mihael Milunovic, subject of a major solo exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in his homeland, Serbia; an interface of digital and physical realities implemented by SCAG (Vienna), featuring new media rising stars Christiane Peschek and Julian Palacz; and a cross-generational celebration of an artist’s handwork at Tezukayama Gallery (Osaka), starring markmaking minimalist veteran Moriyuki Kuwabara, who made his Art Basel debut in 1977, and emotive figurative sculptor Yoshiyuki Ooe, whose own international splash occurred nearly 40 years later at Art15 London.

The other half of VOLTA14 exhibitors convey thematic concepts and material surveys, with highlights Subscribe Past Issues Translate including: “Tables Pots and Plants – A Song for Matisse”, a love-letter to the still-life from V1 Gallery (Copenhagen), featuring an ensemble cast from the gallery’s international roster, furniture by Charlotte Perriand, and a publication; “The Hierarchy of Scale” by Charlie Smith London (London), highlighting the classical power imbued in artworks miniature and monumental, with artists’ differing dimensions in direct dialogue with one another; and Primae Noctis (Lugano) champions distinct local tradition and sociopolitical concerns across the African continent, led by Abdoulaye Konaté, the celebrated Malian textile artist whose recent exhibitions include a twodecade survey at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (DK) and a major installation for Vive Arte Vive at the 57th Venice Biennale.

A full list of exhibitors at VOLTA14 Basel, ordered by each gallery’s primary nation, follows this announcement.

VOLTA14 connects with Art Basel via the Dreirosen-Bridge: 4 minutes by automobile, 9 minutes by bicycle, and 15 minutes by direct tram (Line 1) to Voltaplatz. The hall is likewise connected via direct tram (Line 11) from Basel’s main train station (SBB), as well as from the Schaulager.

VOLTA was co-founded in 2005 by three dealers, Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Friedrich Loock (Berlin), and Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt am Main), and art critic Amanda Coulson.

Exhibitor List 2018: MARS Gallery (Windsor); Hilger BrotKunsthalle (Vienna); SCAG (Vienna); Patrick Mikhail (Montréal/Ottawa; Galerie Youn (Montréal); Martin Asbaek Gallery (Copenhagen); V1 Gallery (Copenhagen); Galerie Anhava (Helsinki); Galerie Charlot (Paris / Tel Aviv); Galerie Dukan (Paris / Leipzig); Galerie Maïa Muller (Paris); Galerie Thomas Fuchs (Stuttgart); Galerie Anja Knoess (Cologne); Magic Beans (Berlin); Rutger Brandt Gallery (Amsterdam); Janknegt Gallery (Laren); NL=US (Rotterdam); Ten Haaf Projects (Amsterdam); Anca Poterasu Gallery (Bucharest); Zorzini F Gallery (Bucharest); Yavuz Gallery (Singapore); Soda Gallery (Bratislava); Zahorian & Van Espen (Bratislava/Prague); Barnard Gallery (Cape Town); Gallery H.A.N. (Seoul); Gallery Lee & Bae (Busan); Victor Lope Arte Contemoranea (Barcelona); Set Espai d’art (Valencia); Christian Marx Galerie (Düsseldorf); Galerie Heike Strelow (Frankfurt am Main); AD Gallery (Athens); Affinity Art Gallery (Hong Kong); Gibbons & Nicholas (Dublin); Green On Red Gallery (Dublin); Galleria Bianconi (Milan); Maurizio Caldirola Arte Contemporanea (Monza); Alessandro Casciaro (Bolzano); E3 Arte Contemporanea (Brescia); The Flat – Massimo Carasi (Milan); Galleria Doris Ghetta (Ortisei); Galleria Anna Marra (Rome); Montoro12 Contemporary (Rome / Brussels); Privateview (Turin); Galleria Paola Verrengia (Salerno); Cohju Contemporary Art (Kyoto); Gallery Kogure (Tokyo / New York); Island Japan (Tokyo); Tezukayama Gallery (Osaka); WAITINGROOM (Tokyo); YOD Gallery (Osaka); LATVIA Gallery Bastejs (Riga); Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur); Galerie Steinsland Berliner (Stockholm); Galleri Flach (Stockholm); Le Salon Vert (Carouge); Primae Noctis (Lugano); Galerie Wenger (Zürich); Nunu Fine Art (Taipei); Mironova Gallery (Kiev); Voloshyn Gallery (Kiev); Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh); Charlie Smith London (London); Coates & Scarry (London); Fiumano Clase (London / Gothenburg); Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (London); Vane (Newcastle Upon Tyne); Ethan Cohen Fine Art (New York / Beacon); frosch&portmann (New York); The Hole (New York); Pablo’s Birthday (New York); REM Project (San Juan); RoFa Projects (Potomac); Unix Gallery (New York);  Vin Gallery (Ho Chi Minh City)