NEW YORK—The Fountain Art Fair featured cutting-edge work from international exhibitors—many from Brooklyn participated, there was a silk screen shop from Montreal, and a contingent from Korea. While the offerings were geographically diverse, they largely lacked cultural diversity. Work ranged from what was being loosely described as ‘street’ art, what could be categorized as outsider art or work created by people who are not formally trained, as well as emerging artists with quite refined aesthetics. Brooklyn’s Front Room Gallery was exhibiting elegant watercolors by Thomas Broadbent and the Cream Hotel booth drew attention with “White People Know Nothing About Black Hair,” a mirrored installation with a bunch of wigs attached. Meant to be provocative, the hair work by Virginie Sommet was poorly conceived and executed. More than just an art sale, the show was a lively event with performance art and artists painting works during viewing hours.
The fair was at the 69th Regiment Armory from March 9 to March 11, 2012.
Read Part 2 on the fair.
All photos by Arts Observer
Donna Dodson says her sculptures celebrate the relationship between humans and animals. From left, “Elephant Bride,” 2005 (wood and paint), “Baboon Mother,” 2008 (kou wood), “Panda Bear,” 2010 (wood and paint), “Black Sheep,” 2005 (laminated wood and paint), “Tiger Frog,” 2006 (wood and paint), “White Sow,” 2005 (wood and paint).