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The Capitol Skyline Hotel, site of the e(merge) art fair
The Capitol Skyline Hotel, site of the e(merge) art fair


Aug. 30, 2011

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Eighty galleries and unrepresented artists from 15 countries are on the docket for Washington, D.C.’s most recent attempt at a major art fair, (e)merge, Sept. 22-26, 2011, at the Rubell family-owned Capitol Skyline Hotel. Organizers Leigh Conner, Jamie Smith and Helen Allen have brought in local galleries like the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Flashpoint, HEMPHILL, Heiner Contemporary, Solas Nua, The Studio Visit and Washington Project for the Arts. Coming in from outside of the D.C. area are White Columns and Josee Bienvenu ( both of N.Y.), Nomad Gallery (Brussels), Galerie E.G.P. (Paris), Amstel Gallery (Amsterdam) and moniquemeloche (Chicago).

If (e)merge still isn’t emerging enough for you, check out the But Is It Art? Fair, Sept. 22-25, 2011, a Kickstarter-funded alternative that is showing “dozens” of young, local artists at Wonderbox, a warehouse and studio space. Artists Victoria Milko and Alex Ventura, who are presenting the fair, have called their DIY enterprise a kind of “friendly ‘fuck you’” to (e)merge. Among the artists exhibiting are Adriane Connerton, Christina Osheim, Deshaundon Jeanes, Jake Dibeler, Joseph Hale, Matthew Kerkhofand Kelly Towles.

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