SPECTRUM New York, which made its Big Apple debut this last weekend, was hosted in the grand Javits Center North from October 3 to 6.
SPECTRUM is "a juried contemporary art fair featuring high-quality artwork by talented mid-career artists who have experience working with galleries." Sculpture, drawing, and painting were the main mediums used throughout the show. Mainly a fair that caters to gallery and business owners who are buying art professionally, the original artworks range in price from $1000-$50,000. Show president Eric Smith started the fair in Miami last year and was excited to present SPECTRUM in a new city and a new venue in 2013.
Many of the works on view were creative, but subdued, taking cues from traditional works of art. Over 60 galleries were represented at the Javits Center, including Boston's Galerie d'Orsay, Ottawa's Peter Colbert, London's JolieArt, and Venezuela's Alfredo Salazar.
Some of the featured works at the exhibition were from a collection entitled "Dancers Among Us," in which portrait photographer Jordan Matter photographed various individuals in the act of dancing while also seemingly carrying out regular, everyday tasks. In one image, a painter poses on a fire escape as he holds his roller high; in another, a woman does a high kick while reading a book in a book shop. The juxtaposition of these mundane or static tasks with such vibrant, active poses draws the viewer in. The artist also produced a bestselling book of these photographs, and was on-hand during the show to autograph.
Other eye-catching works of art included the thickly-painted forest scenes from Inam Gallery, expressive figure paintings from Sheefali Asija, Marilyn Monroe-inspired works from Milinkov, and dramatic nature and figural sculptures by Ira Reines.
While SPECTRUM isn't entirely distinguishable from the other far-too-numerous art fairs that take place throughout New York over the year, it's still worth a look, especially if you're looking to buy for your business or home. It doesn't present art that is so contemporary viewers don't understand the work - art on view here is, for the most part, calm, easy to look at, respectable, and creative.
The talent of each artist was evident as viewers wandered from booth to booth, and the venue of the Javits Center was a perfect choice for such an event. With plenty of space for visitors to peruse the aisles and to stop and admire works, the building was a great place for SPECTRUM.
The plan is for this to be an annual art fair, and so SPECTRUM should be returning around this time again next year. There are many more art fairs taking place this fall, so stay tuned to learn more about them.