Fountain Art Fair Takes Over the 69th Regiment Armory
Rhoni Blankenhorn for Welcome to COMPANY
(March 15, 2012) Fountain, a fair where anything can happen, celebrated its seventh annual New York exhibition in the cavernous 69th Regiment Armory, location of the original 1913 Armory show and venue where Marcel Duchamp revealed the fair's readymade namesake, Fountain. The fair's change of location marks a moment of serious growth and accomplishment without losing the signature punk rock spirit that sets it apart from other fairs. With a nearly tripled roster of 63 independent galleries, artist projects, collectives, and performance artists, Fountain provides an opportunity for less established exhibitors to show in a fair environment as well as a selection of highly accessible art for collectors.
Special projects include the street art installation, comprised of mostly women street artists, live contemporary visual performances by Grace Exhibition Space all weekend long, and musical guests like Fab 5 Freddy. Fountain packed the house for Friday night's opening reception, and enjoyed a steady flow of collectors, press and art lovers throughout the duration of the fair. If you missed out, here are some works that stood out to us at Fountain.
French performance artist Sarah Trouche. Photo by Dennis Galante.
Fountain Art Fair founder David Kesting of Kesting / Ray in New York, with Swoon’s Thalassa (2012). Photo by Walter Robinson.
Heather Morgan, The Wall to Wall Is Calling, 2011, at Cheap & Plastique, Brooklyn. Photo by Walter Robinson.
Skewville's interactive music installation, with Mighty Tanaka Gallery.
Pleiades, Charcoal, 72x107, by Leah Yerpe with Dacia Gallery. Photo courtesy of Dacia Gallery.
Canadian street art collective En Masse working on their wall.
Dave Tree of the Murder Lounge. Photo by Oscar Laluyan.