New Art Dealers Alliance Cancels New York Fair in 2019

Friday, August 10, 2018
New Art Dealers Alliance Cancels New York Fair in 2019

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has decided to dedicate additional resources to gallery programming during the March Art Week in lieu of organizing a New York fair in 2019

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, has decided to dedicate additional resources to gallery programming during the March Art Week in lieu of organizing a New York fair in 2019, with the ultimate aim of increasing both foot traffic and visibility of gallery exhibitions among its members. The decision comes after extensive conversation with members, and a vote by the organization’s Board of Directors. The 16th edition of NADA’s annual art fair in Miami will be held at Ice Palace Studios, December 6–9, 2018. 

“This gives NADA the time to develop and deploy new initiatives that will best serve our members as their needs continue to shift and evolve,” said Heather Hubbs, Executive Director of NADA. “Producing alternative models for the public to engage with contemporary art has always been central to NADA’s mission, and the combination of NADA Miami and directing focus towards the galleries and their exhibition programs will make for a more dynamic season.” 

Added NADA Board President and co-founder of Bodega Elyse Derosia, “This shift back to the galleries and, subsequently, the artists is both exciting and crucially timed. It’s vital for us to think critically about the where, when, and how of fairs, in a moment so saturated with them. I'm really excited by NADA and its member galleries’ pursuit of innovative methods of exhibition and engagement. It's wonderful that NADA can respond to its community, and the broader climate, with such agility.”

NADA currently organizes a year-round slate of events, programs, and benefits for its members, an international constituency of art galleries, professionals, and patrons. Most recently, NADA held its first off-site exhibition, Close Quarters, in partnership with Governors Island in New York City. An opportunity for NADA Members to stage a group show in an intimate and unusual setting,Close Quarters is a sign of what’s to come, as NADA is currently exploring new partnerships to produce sustainable alternatives for exhibiting artwork both in and beyond New York. The organization also plans to open a public gallery space of its own to host exhibitions from members based outside of New York City.

“I’m proud of NADA for its dynamic leadership in support of galleries. With its latest announcement, NADA chooses to hone its resources on the entities that form its membership base: galleries,” said Photios Giovanis, NADA Board Member and owner of Callicoon Fine Arts. “Exhibitions remain the tried-and-true method for the presentation of the work of artists, and the core of our work as gallerists. I congratulate the organization on this decision, and look forward to the coming years of innovative programming.”

About NADA
Founded in 2002, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit 501c(6) collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Its mission is to create an open flow of information, support, and collaboration within the arts field and to develop a stronger sense of community among its constituency. Through support and encouragement, NADA facilitates strong and meaningful relationships between its members working with new contemporary and emerging art. In addition NADA hosts an annual art fair in Miami.

Image on top: Fabienne Lasserre (SAFE Gallery) in "Closed  Quarters"  on Governors Island

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