GIAF, Governors Island Art Fair 2017
Dear friends I am happy to announce my perception into, “Governors Island Art Fair” to Celebrate 10th Anniversary in September 2017
GIAF to be Presented Across Colonels Row and For First Time Liggett Hall,
With Installations by More than 100 New and Returning Artists
Opening to Public Labor Day Weekend
New York—August X, 2017—On September 2, 4heads will open the 10th edition of the Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), featuring work by 100 new and returning artists presented in the historic homes on Colonels Row and for the first time in the ground floor spaces of Liggett Hall. When 4heads launched GIAF in 2008, the artist-run nonprofit was among the first cultural organizations to recognize the tremendous potential of Governors Island as a must-go cultural destination. Over the last ten years, as interest in and the redevelopment of Governors Island has grown, 4heads has remained committed to activating the diversity of buildings and sites across the Island, providing at once a dynamic presentation platform for today’s working artists and bringing attention to the historic significance of the structures the fair occupies. Today GIAF heralds the start of the fall visual arts season in New York, with a spirited atmosphere that encourages conversation between artists and visitors and challenges the established fair paradigm as one exclusively for art connoisseurs. GIAF will be open every Saturday and Sunday through October 1.
The first iteration of GIAF was presented in Building 114, a former nurses’ residence erected in 1934, and included 52 artists, working predominantly in two-dimensional media. With each year, GIAF has explored new ways of engaging with the architectural environments available on Governors Island and expanded to encompass artists working across painting, photography, sculpture, video, sound, and mixed-media installation. For the 2017 edition, GIAF will feature a wide range of artists from across the U.S., including from Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, New York City, and locations in California, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia, among others, as well as international artists from Beijing, Helsinki, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Warsaw, and locations in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, and Lithuania. GIAF will occupy spaces in Colonels Row and Liggett Hall–located directly across from Colonels Row–as well as a range of outdoor locations between the two sites.
“As Governors Island Art Fair has grown and evolved over the last ten years, so has our commitment to artists, both those new and returning to our fair community. While the fair is well known for presenting new artists each year, 4heads is equally dedicated to nurturing artists as they develop their practices and experiment with new creative terrain. We are incredibly proud of the selection of artists for 2017, which includes new and dynamic voices as well as returning fair favorites, presenting new work and approaches. Together, they capture an exciting and compelling view of the energy and innovation that pervades the contemporary art scene, in particular among those artists that operate outside the established gallery system,” said Antony Zito, 4heads co-founder. “We continue to be grateful to the Trust for Governors Island for their continuing partnership and collaboration.”