Brussels’s Accessible Art Fair Announces 60 Artists for First New York Edition

The organizers want people to 'feel good about Brussels again.'

Brian Leo, Elephan on Couch. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.
Brian Leo, Elephan on Couch. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

“I arrived in Belgium 12 years ago as an expat, and after two years of research I came to the conclusion that artists without gallery representation need a high-end platform in order to launch their careers,” said Brussels’s Accessible Art Fair founder Stephanie Manasseh in an email to artnet News.

The fair, which is entering its tenth year, will launch its first New York edition in November at the National Arts Club.

Philippe Leblanc, MAYANACCI GOLD. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

Philippe Leblanc, MAYANACCI GOLD. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

“Brussels has been going through such hardship lately,” said MvVO ART founder Maria van Vlodrop in a phone interview. Vlodrop is also the co-founder of the US edition. “This is a really happy occasion and an opportunity to get people to feel good about Brussels again.”

Like 4heads‘ long-running Governors Island Art Fair and new Portal art fair, the Accessible Art fair bypasses galleries and art dealers to work with artists directly, providing collectors the opportunity to discover unrepresented talent from around the world.

Jason McGroarty, Fox. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

Jason McGroarty, Fox. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

Emerging and mid-career artists will sell work from $2,000–20,000, and the fair will not charge a commission for sales.

“I think it’s a very compelling mission,” said van Vlodrop. “It feels good to give such talented artists a platform to show their work to an art-buying public.”

Fran Beallor, The Date. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

Fran Beallor, The Date. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.

The jury consists of Manasseh, Kevin Doyle (Sotheby’s), Shaune Arp (Gagosian Gallery), Ann Lydecker Bunge (Christie’s Collectrium), Rachel Rees (Sutton), Rozalia Jovanovic (editor-in-chief of artnet News), gallerist Joyce Varvatos, and art advisors Shari Brownfield and Sophie Clauwaert, who chose 60 artists, hailing from 12 different countries.

Here is the full list of the participating artists:

Alberto Saleh, Belgium

Alessandra Expósito, US

Allison Svoboda, US

Amanda Scuglia, US

Andrew Gershon, US

Andros Efstathiou, Cyprus

Angela A’Court, England

Borbay-US

Brian Leo, US

Camomile Hixon, US

Cecile Brunswick, US

Charlotte Scott, Canada

Christian Bernal, US

Christian De Wulf, Belgium

Dave Rittinger, US

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, US

Ellen Burnett, US

Emilie Pugh, England

Erin Starr, US

Fatma Alshebani, Qatar

Fran Beallor, US

Fiona Pattison, US

Frances Muldoon, US

Frank Pietras, Germany

Gemma Gené, Spain

Grant Collier, US

Jacques Deneef, Belgium

Jason McGroarty, Ireland

Jason Scott Kofke, US

Jennifer Ament, US

Jeroen Gordijn, Netherlands

Jessica Maffia, US

Jiannan Wu, US

Jiin Ha, US

Katie Levinson, US

Kim De Molenaer, Belgium

Laurie Victor Kay, US

Lea Shabat, Canada

Liz-N- Val, US

Lori Cuisinier, US

Luc Vandervelde Lux, Belgium

Lynn Mayocole, US

Margaret Ann Withers, US

María Jimena, Australia

Marcel Ceuppens, Belgium/US

Marko Remec, US

Matti Havens, US

Nemanja Ladjic, US

Nina Urlichs, France

Philip Smallwood, US

Philippe Leblanc, Belgium

Raul Martinez, US

Renelio Marin, US

Ruth Noam, Israel

Sessa Englund, US

Steven Glass, US

Takamitsu Sakamoto, Japan

Victoria Estacio Huckins, US

Viken Kalouitian, US

Werner Bargsten, US

Zoé Morel, Belgium

The Accessible Art Fair, New York, will be held at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, November 1–25, 2016. 


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