VERGE returned to Manhattan in 2014 for its fifth annual art fair. Verge has expanded on its boutique roots to stage its annual event at The Lofts at Prince Street in the bustling SoHo neighborhood. This sumptuous space hosted a tightly curated selection of exhibitors and two hand-picked special exhibitions of new and contemporary works, Tomorrow Stars and The Drawing Show.

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

"Art fairs are complex machines with many moving parts that at times work together, but that also can work against the grain of the other. The success of each level from studio practice, making, buying and collecting and even simply seeing, can each be measured by varied and independent means – audience numbers, quantity of galleries represented, number of sales are all fair concerns that can sometimes stress as opposed to support the often forgotten foundation of the industry, the artist’s work. And as the exchange of money for goods is integral to moving the industry forward, so is the more subtle exchange of inspired dialogue and connection necessary to create a fair worth organizing, participating in, visiting and buying from."

"We wanted Verge to be a collaboration between all the moving parts, resulting in a lassting resonance as opposed to forging a path through visual noise. A clear synergy emerged between our new Soho location, the provocative work of diverse artists and visitor traffic that encouraged an environment of discourse and curiosity.  We received consistent feedback that Verge represented quality work with a fresh and inviting perspective, and our great press confirmed our position as truly being on the verge of a new fair model that challenges existing biases by merging vetted galleries with curated voices of independent artists."

"Michael and I are very encouraged by this year’s VERGE NYC and believe we built important foundation of integrity from which to grow our brand. With our clear premise established, we can focus on maximizing the positives to make Verge bigger and better next year."

– CHRISTINE KIROUAC, DIRECTOR, VERGE ART FAIR

VERGE NYC 2014 EXHIBITOR QUOTES

“Like many artists, I have grown weary of the art fair circuit, however Verge provides a crucial, and often absent opportunity to turn up the volume of the artist’s voice among the visual noise. The focus of Verge is the work, without pretense. We all need sales to move forward, but as an artist Verge provided an environment in which the usual fair shortcomings were replaced with priciples.” - Ellen Siebers, NY      
                                                                             
"Participating in the 'Tomorrow Stars' portion of the 2014 Verge Art Fair, was a particular pleasure. The personalized attention of organizers Christine and Michael expressed their remarkable sensitivity to artists' and exhibitors' needs in the context of a busy fair. I look forward to working together in the future.” - Russell Perkins, NY

“The intimate size of the fair allowed for the artists involved to get to know each other and each other's work in a manner that was similar to an exhibition than a larger, commercial (and sometimes less personal) art fair. The atmosphere was laid back while still feeling professional.” – MaryKate Maher NY

“Art fairs provide artists with a platform for greater exposure in the marketplace and Verge NYC stands apart as representing a highly curated, stunning selection of accomplished work by a diverse group of artists. Verge organizers, Michael and Christine, are professional, committed and passionate and it was a wonderful experience all around!”
– Judith Mordack NY
                   
“Working with curators whose integrity and kindness are matched by their high sense of aesthetics is a rare pleasure.” – Maaret de la Foret, NY and Berlin

"VERGE is the present and the future of art fairs – through thoughtful curating VERGE offers independent artists access to high-traffic art markets such as Art Basel Miami and Frieze NYC, without quality compromise. While most art fairs focus on galleries, VERGE takes a progressive stand by creating a unique artist-centric experience and offering a hybrid model that welcomes independent artists and vetted galleries alike." – Rai Alexander, NY

"The opportunity to show my work with Verge is one for which I'm truly grateful.  Christine and Michael clearly curate the fair with an exacting eye for top-drawer artistry, creating a fertile playing field for their artists to display thrilling contemporary conceptual maneuvers alongside demonstrably well-honed aesthetic craftsmanship.  In addition to this, I can say that their deft and careful hand in navigating the nuts-and-bolts of installation and operation of the exhibition itself was a breath of fresh air. One would do well to follow their lead as they may well be bringing the art fair world into exciting new territory." Chris Hefner, Chicago

“Verge Art Fair was a great experience for us. It was a smaller, more intimate venue which allowed visitors to get up and close to the artwork on display. Opening night had great attendance which provided an opportunity to meet with our current members and to create relationships with new ones. It was great to work with Michael and Christine.” – Alyssa Brubaker, Executive Assistant, International Sculpture Center (ISC)

VERGE 2014 roster of international artists and galleries:

Antidote Projects Chicago, Illinois //
Rai Alexandra New York //
John-Francis Bourke New York //
R.A. McBride New York //
May/June Gallery New York //
Fine Arts International Fort Lee, NJ //
Judith Modrak New York //
Joann Berman New York //
Melancholy Maaret New York //
Zach Lobdell Stillwater, NY //
Living Room Gallery /
Diane Ponder Projects Chicago, Illinois //
Chris Hefner Chicago, Illinois //
International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ //
Regina Mamou Chicago, Illinois //
Russell Perkins New York //
Mary Kate Maher New York //
Sam Jones New York //
Leigh Ann Hallberg North Carolina //
Doug Smith Winnipeg, Canada //
Miho Suzuki New York //
Ellen Siebers New York //

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Verge NYC 2014 Prince Street entrance. Photo courtesy Rai Alexandra.

Verge NYC 2014 attendees. Photo courtesy Verge Art Fair.


Verge NYC 2014 exhibitor Melancholy Maaret (background) and Tomorrow Stars artist Russel Perkins (foreground). Photo courtesy Verge Art Fair.


Verge NYC 2014 attendees. Photo courtesy Verge Art Fair.


Verge NYC 2014 artist Rai Alexandra and founder Michael Workman. Photo courtesy Verge Art Fair.


Verge NYC 2014 artist interview with John-Francis Bourke. Photo courtesy Verge Art Fair.

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