VOLTA: The Art Fair as Festival and Studio Visit

06/23/2011 04:26 pm ET | Updated Aug 14, 2011
Art from Volta7 at Basel, Switzerland

The 7th edition of VOLTA opened yesterday, continuing its innovative approach to the art fair model. Instead of the usual custom of having galleries showcase a wide range of artists, the curatorial board has strongly encouraged exhibitors to dedicate their booths to fewer artists and establish a dialogue between oeuvres. This increased curatorial involvement, which is becoming a popular practice among international art fairs, puts the event's focus on the artists themselves -- on their visions, processes, and creations -- rather than exclusively on prestige or name recognition.

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