FOUNTAIN NY RETURNS TO 69th REGIMENT ARMORY TO MARK 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ORIGINAL ARMORY SHOW
Photo: Morgan Reed, 69th Regiment Armory entrance, Fountain Art Fair 2012
Fountain Partners with WAGMAG, Brooklyn Art Guide, to Make History in the Original House of DADA (New York) Fountain Art Fair announces its return to the 69th Regiment Armory for its 8th annual New York exhibition March 8 — 10, 2013. The art fair celebrates the centennial anniversary at the 1913 Armory Show’s original location. From the initial Armory Show to Marcel Duchamp’s controversial readymade, "Fountain," exhibited under the same roof in 1917, this historic venue is perfectly suited to Fountain’s reputation for presenting delightfully scandalous and unexpected platform of alternative artists, galleries, street art and performance art. Please find application details online here.
“It’s an incredible honor for Fountain to be carrying the torch for the universally heralded 1913 Armory Show, the first exhibition of modern art in the United States. We strive to be harbingers of the revolutionary. Fountain will certainly honor the legend by continuing the tradition of our predecessors at the 69th Regiment Armory during this centennial celebration.” ~ Fountain Co-Founders David Kesting and Johnny Leo
Hailed as the destination fair for savvy collectors of the up-and-coming, Fountain prides itself on presenting a diverse platform of progressive galleries, independent artists, unpredictable performances and internationally renowned street artists. A handful of booths remain: visit Fountain’s website at www.fountainartfair.com to access NY 2013 exhibitor applications for the chance to be part of this historic event.
This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of WAGMAG, the not-for-profit guide to Brooklyn galleries that has promoted independent curators’ visions from Kings County for the last 11 years.
Fountain remains the only exhibition that regularly features a curated selection of contemporary performance art, highlighting Brooklyn-based performance art gallery Grace Exhibition Space as curator. This past December at Fountain’s Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 exhibition, Grace Space featured radical Estonian collective NON GRATA, who thrilled late night crowds with live human branding and light displays. Grace Space also invited artists Caridad Sola, Igor Josifov, Sindy Butz and AnalogAnalogue to engage Fountain attendees with a variety of serene, spectacular, and confrontational works. Last year’s New York exhibition included a high-flying act by daring aerial artist Seanna Sharpe and her team, who suspended themselves from the ceiling of the 69th Regiment Armory in a breathtaking performance.
Fountain is notorious for its Friday and Saturday night events. Past musical guests include Chairlift, G Love, Marky Ramone, ADULT, No Age, VHS or Beta, Ninjasonik, Fab 5 Freddy, Tecla, TIKI DISCO, JPatt of The Knocks, Ricky Powell, NSR, Luka Son of Wolf, Eden Grey, and Lucas Walters.
Fountain invited local Miami writer J.J. Colagrande to be the fair’s first visiting writer for Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Read J.J.’s take on Fountain Art Fair and the Art Basel weekend on Fountain’s website.
“Tons of community-oriented art, at price points that were actually, actually thinkable for your average alternative culture journalist.” ~ The San Francisco Bay Guardian
“It’s the best place to find young talent.” ~ Cartwheel
“Fountain remains truly a haven for the selt-taught, self-represented, and DIY rogues of the art world — a sort of organized free for all, with one part street art and one part explorations in formalist craft.” ~ ARTINFO