Volta’s venue challenge is revived by “PLAN B”

VOLTA’s show had been cut due to some building issues at the Pier. The Armory had to move the show and it had left Volta without a venue With some good samaritans rapid intervening, the show will continue and now be called PLAN B, which includes a lower participation price tag for the galleries to show from the $8,000 VOLTA fee, it is now $2000 with Plan B. The premise of the show is works on paper. The new locations include one of David Zwirner’s Chelsea galleries. It is being facilitated by Peter Hort enthusiastically, and with lightning speed.

Peter had read of the challenge VOLTA were faced with and was hearing from galleries who were faced with some challenges and weren’t sure what they were to do with the art, which in some cases been sent from overseas, and would be very costly to return. Another challenge was how do you tell the artist that has been working on a body of work for 8 months, the show is displaced?

In an article on Artnet news, it was written that on Tuesday, Hort emailed VOLTA dealers about Plan B, characterizing the effort as being led by “a band of art-loving misfits.” He wrote: “We expect it to be an incredible occasion. It is improvisational and fast, but the intent is genuine and the spirit is real. We are doing this for you, with a hope and a prayer and a lot of love!”

“It is a community thing,” Hort said. “We’re all doing our best to make a bad situation a little bit better.”

With this sort of contribution, Portraymag is happy to write and let the public know how a few select people can change a bad situation into something great and we urge our readers to come out and shop for some new works!

On Tuesday, Hort emailed VOLTA dealers about Plan B, characterizing the effort as being led by “a band of art-loving misfits.” He wrote: “We expect it to be an incredible occasion. It is improvisational and fast, but the intent is genuine and the spirit is real. We are doing this for you, with a hope and a prayer and a lot of love!

Admission is free and the Fair will run from Wednesday- Saturday next week at Zwirner’s 19th Street location and at 534 West 21st Street, which is being lent by an anonymous benefactor.

We know what a fantastic feeling it can be for someone to be showing their work in New York City and it is refreshing to see the community come together. We will be reporting some of the work there next week. Until then, Bravo to David Zwirner, Peter Hold, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and Amanda Coulson and VOLTA dealer Quang Bao, and to the VOLTA staff. Wishing you a successful show! As the Greeks say, Pame Volta, lets take a stroll!


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