Volta New York 2018. Photo: David Willems.

Following Cancellation of Volta, Displaced Galleries to Present Work at Pop-up Fair

Members of New York’s art scene are coming together to help galleries that were set to participate in the 2019 edition of Volta, but were displaced when the Armory Show commandeered Pier 90 for its own exhibitors.

With the help of dealer David Zwirner, 1969 gallery director Quang Bao, collector Peter Hort, Volta, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, galleries who had already shipped works and arranged travel to New York for Volta will be able to present work at Plan B, a pop-up fair that will be held from March 6 to March 9.

The event—which its organizers are calling an “exhibition born out of love”—will take place in Chelsea, at Zwirner’s Nineteenth Street location and at a commercial space at 534 West Thirty-First Street, which according to Artnet is being lent by an anonymous benefactor. Around thirty-something galleries will be able to exhibit works between both spaces.

“We understand how important an art fair in New York is for an out-of-town gallery, and this is the least we can do,” Zwirner said in a statement. “It’s simple: we have a space that we are not using, and we have friends in the neighborhood whom we could ask to join us in providing space. Please come to Plan B and see the work that these galleries have brought to New York.”

The Volta team has been scrambling since last week when the Armory Show was forced to move exhibitors to Pier 90 because of structural concerns at Pier 92. With only eleven days until install, Amanda Coulson, artistic director of Volta, said they ultimately decided to postpone the fair and look ahead to its Basel edition in June since they couldn’t come up with a suitable solution that would “continue the high production value that is expected from our brand.” Its galleries will be fully reimbursed for their invoiced payments.

Commenting on Plan B, Coulson said: “We are supporting this initiative because we believe in facilitating the production of lemonade out of these lemons. We don’t want this to be a sad sob story but a story of community coming together and we’re hoping that with the publicity, people will make the effort to go see these galleries and artists.”

Admission to Plan B will be free. The full list of exhibitors is as follows:

1969 Gallery, New York – Coady Brown
Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo – Tomohiro Inaba
Bertrand Productions, Philadelphia – Aidan Rumack
Galleria Bianconi, Milan – Fausta Squatriti
Burning in Water, New York – Borinquen Gallo
CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London – Sam Jackson
Duran Mashaal Gallery, Montreal – Michael Flomen
E.C.LINÁ, Los Angeles – Chris Finley
Espace A VENDRE, Nice – Stephane Steiner
Fiumano Clase, London – Sam Burford
Galerie Frey, Vienna – Johannes Domenig
Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart – Jochen Hein
Green On Red Gallery, Dublin – Alan Butler
Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris – Nacer-Eddine Bennacer
KERSGALLERY, Amsterdam – David Bade
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles – Rebecca Bird
KYAS ART SALON, Amsterdam – Yoshiyasu Tamura
Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul – Sarp Kerem Yavuz
George Lawson Gallery, Emeryville – Johanna Baruch
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston – Austin Eddy
Galerie Oniris – Florent Paumelle, Rennes – Soo-Kyoung Lee
Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn – Sharon Lawless
SFA Projects, New York – Frodo Mikkelsen
Alaina Simone, Inc., New York – Tahir Carl Karmali
Slag Gallery, Brooklyn – Dumitru Gorzo
SIM SMITH GALLERY, London – Tim Garwood
Space776, Brooklyn – Jongmin Joy Lee
Valli Art Gallery, New York – Javier Martin
Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv – Oleksiy Sai
YveYANG, New York – Chando Ao
yvonneartecontemporanea, Vicenza – Iler Melioli
ZAHORIAN & VAN ESPEN, Bratislava – Viktorie Langer