Art on Paper returns to New York City's Pier 36 this March 3 - 6, with 75 galleries from around the world presenting paper-based art that spans the incredible breadth of its central medium. As in its first celebrated year, Art on Paper 2016 will feature significant exhibitions and special moments that explore the very notion of what a work on paper can be.
Art on Paper 2016 will include large-scale installations that activate the fair's public spaces and intimate presentations of special works on paper created by treasured members of the New York City arts community. Gallery Joe's Alex Paik will install Modular Wall Installation: Hexagon (Cube) at the front of the fair. Improvised onsite each time it is installed, the piece focuses on one unit repeated as the configuration of the piece grows. The work is constructed and “composed” in such a way as to feel like it just appeared, almost out of thin air, and could just as quickly disappear.
Gallery Molly Krom artist Suzanne Goldenberg will install Fitzcarraldo Overtime into the fair's main floor. The work continues Goldenberg’s ongoing dialogue with refuse and waste - the residue of overproduction and constant consumption. Goldenberg’s sustained engagement with found materials adds a temporal dimension to this now familiar aesthetic of minimalism, producing a conceptual density that is neither affected nor didactic.
Klein Sun Gallery artist Li Hongbo will build the large-scale installation Rainbow into the fair's main public space. Consisting of thousands of paper objects, Rainbow examines the conflicts and damages of war and weapons. Hongbo recreates crude tools of war from brightly colored, honeycombed, laminated paper and reshapes them into delicate abstract forms resembling floral patterns. By removing all signs of destruction and chaos, the artist transforms the sinister intent of the weapon into a venerable landscape of flowers, evoking feelings of sublime optimism.
browngrotta arts presents The Hardened Nest series by Takaaki Tanaka, made of prepared units of paper pulp combined into sculptures of various sizes. "I am interested in the way that fiber made from paper, a material harvested from plants, can take on a completely different aspect when it hardens to form a new shape inspired by the natural world," says Tanaka. "With the phenomenon of nature and returning to nature as my themes, I want people to visualize my work in this series as a ‘nest’ - a fundamental starting point for many species of animal life. In so doing, the shapes become emotional shapes that illustrate themes of nature, sense of touch and communication.”
Art Market Productions and The Lower Eastside Girls Club present the work of LESGC members who participate in the club's comprehensive art program, Alphabet City Art School. LESGC's booth is run by girls in the organization's high school curatorial training program, a part of their career-readiness initiative: GALA (Girls As Advocates, Leaders and Activists). An innovative leader in youth and community development for almost two decades, LESGC runs over 50 free programs weekly all year round for the local community.
Art Market Productions is also proud to present a special exhibition of silkscreen prints and drawings by Bob Gill, highlighting the important work of the beloved designer, filmmaker, illustrator, writer, teacher, and 1991 Laureate of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. “The only way to tell which jobs Gill designed yesterday and ones which were designed years ago is to look at the date. Styles come and go, but his ideas and teaching philosophy are timeless. That’s why Bob Gill is one of the heroes that got me and so many others into graphic design in the first place," says Michael Bierut, Pentagram Design.
Join us to launch Art on Paper with a festive opening night Preview on Thursday, March 3, benefiting the Brooklyn Museum. Our friends at Bronx Brewery will provide the beverages during this exciting first look, open exclusively to museum supporters and Preview Pass holders. The night will include live music along with great food and cocktails by Brooklyn's much loved Fort Defiance as well as specialty treats prepared just for Art on Paper by Big Mozz, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Ice & Vice, Stand Coffee, CoCo & Co. and Ovenly. To purchase a $50 Preview Pass, your ticket to the first moments of Art on Paper, visit thepaperfair.com/tickets.
Art on Paper Preview
6:00pm - 7:30pm | First Look
For Brooklyn Museum Supporters and Preview Pass Holders Only. The evening will include live music and drinks by Bronx Brewery and is produced in support of Brooklyn Museum.
7:30pm - 10:00pm | Preview
The Preview opens to Fair Pass and VIP Pass holders.