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The Washington Post August 2015

The Washington Post August 2015

There’s a Victorian vibe to Justine Otto’s art — and that’s noticeable even before a visitor to her Goethe-Institut show encounters the wall of more than 30 mostly small paintings, arranged as if in some Bismarck-era burgher’s formal parlor. Even the modernist white backdrop can’t spoil the effect, although flocked wallpaper would be more felicitous.



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Washington City Paper August 2015

Washington City Paper August 2015

There’s a brackishness to Justine Otto’s paintings that’s immediately apparent from seeing “installation (wohnzimmer),” her wall-sized assembly of paintings at the Goethe Institut. She prefers murky mauves, dreary olives, and grim grays, as the salon-style installation of 33 small paintings shows in a single glance. But for all the painterly heaviness, her exhibition, “hyder flares,” is anything but lethargic.



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Washington City Paper June 2015

Washington City Paper June 2015

(e)merge, the contemporary art fair that's taken over the Capitol Skyline Hotel for a weekend each fall since 2011, will not return in 2015.

According to a statement from (e)merge heads and Connersmith gallerists Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith, the fair will take a year off to transition to a larger venue, which will host the 2016 fair.



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The Washington Post October 2014

The Washington Post October 2014

The (e)merge art fair opened Thursday night with a poolside party and preview at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. But the fourth annual edition of Washington’s only homegrown art fair — a sort of mini Comic Con for the culturati — gets underway in earnest Friday at noon.



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Washington City Paper October 2014

Washington City Paper October 2014

Last Saturday afternoon, as bright summer day gave way to brisk autumn evening, a group of artists and friends gathered for a housewarming ritual in Southwest. Singer Liz Andrews led a soft call-and-response with the two-dozen-or-so folks perched on wooden crates outside a small shed structure erected on the lawn of the Capitol Skyline Hotel.



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Saudi Gazette October 2014

Saudi Gazette October 2014

“THIS is really incredible, we had no idea Saudi Arabia had an art scene, and we could not have imagined the talent that exists there.” This was the oft-repeated remark of Washingtonians who attended the three-day Naila Art Gallery show in Washington DC.



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Quiet Lunch October 2014

Quiet Lunch October 2014

Our experience at this year’s (e)merge art fair was so grand, we couldn’t fit all the photos in one post. Here are some extra shots from our time in D.C. Images include pieces present by Salar Galería de Arte, Victori Contemporary, Flashpoint Gallery and C-Arte.



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Quiet Lunch October 2014

Quiet Lunch October 2014

The (e)merge art fair took place early this month and we can safely say that it is most intriguing art fairs that we have been to this year. While some art fairs can be a tad “stuffy” and congested, there was something more organic about this fair.

Held in Washington D.C., we packed up our bare necessities and made the road trip from New York to our nation’s capital. This was (e)merge Art Fair’s fourth edition and it has gained a considerable amount of notoriety, so we were halfway expecting to see a few signs reading “Emerge Art Fair or Bust” along the way.

Although (e)merge is still relatively young in art fair years, it taps into the vein of the creative community in a way that separates it from its counterparts. The art is warm and inviting–and so are the people! This accurately showcases the creative renaissance that is taking place in D.C.



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The Phillips Collection October 2014

The Phillips Collection October 2014

This month, The Phillips Collection awarded its second Emerging Artist Prize, again selected from works on display at the (e)merge art fair, which closed October 5. This year’s winner is the 40-year-old Polish-born German artist Justine Otto, whose works were on view at the Hamburg-based gallery polarraum. Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovič, and myself selected two small paintings by the artist: O.T. (Strich) and Ophto.



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Whitehot Magazine October 2014

Whitehot Magazine October 2014

The 4th edition of Emerge Art Fair opened Thursday, Oct. 2nd at Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC and featured an international roster of 85 exhibitors presenting works by 150 artists from 30 countries.



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University of Maryland: The Writer's Bloc October 2014

At the fourth annual (e)merge art fair, rising artists from around the world gathered at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C., to feature their artwork. The four-day exhibition lasted from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 and featured over 85 exhibits on three floors of the hotel. (e)merge aims to connect professionals from around the globe, including artists, collectors and cultural decision makers, in one setting. [VIDEO]



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DC Modern Luxury September 2014

DC Modern Luxury September 2014

Local sculptor Nara Park showcases an architectural spirit at this year’s (e)merge art fair.



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Washington City Paper October 2014

Washington City Paper October 2014

This year's roster features more than 150 artists hailing from 30 countries (and many rockstars from right here in the District), and after three hours spent roaming the Capitol Skyline grounds last night, I was giddy on an art high.



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CULTUREHALL September 2014

CULTUREHALL September 2014

The Artist Platform at (e)merge art fair in Washington, DC, offers free exhibition space to a vetted selection of independent artists. In this year's edition of (e)merge, the work of four artists stand out for their multivalent poetic and material qualities.



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Washingtonian September 2014

Washingtonian September 2014



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The Washington Times October 2014

The Washington Times October 2014

Whether you’re a longtime art lover or a fledgling fan, you will not want to miss this weekend’s fourth annual (e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest.



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Brightest Young Things October 2014

Brightest Young Things October 2014

You know that art fair that takes over three floors of the Capitol Skyline Hotel every October? That art fair that has a bunch of stuff that would look amazing in your place? That art fair that isn’t stuffy or boring or blech?



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Bmore Art October 2014

Bmore Art October 2014

As part of an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics and energy behind the (e)merge art fair happening at the Capital Skyline Hotel October 2 – 5 in Washington, DC, BmoreArt editor Cara Ober reached out to several participating galleries to get a sense of their purpose and aesthetics.

Pablo Brito-Altamira is the Director of All We Art in Washington, DC.



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Unveiled @ Corcoran School October 2014

(e)merge, in a move away from many fairs, helps separate the art from the gilt by offering spaces directly to artists who don’t have gallery representation...



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The GW Hatchet October 2014

The GW Hatchet October 2014

When he isn’t teaching digital photography to GW students, professorial lecturer and artist Evan Hume is sifting through the National Archives for stolen art listings and UFO sightings.



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Daily Campello Art News October 2014

The fourth edition of the (e)merge art fair just concluded on Sunday, and I feel pretty sure that I can take a decent shot at guessing that the fifth iteration will come next year.



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Bmore Art September 2014

Bmore Art September 2014

As part of an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics and energy behind the (e)merge art fair, happening at the Capital Skyline Hotel October 2 – 5 in Washington, DC, BmoreArt editor Cara Ober reached out to several participating galleries to get a sense of their purpose and aesthetics.

Mariano Ugalde is the Director of Salar Galería de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia and PSH Projects in Bogotá, Colombia.



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Bmore Art September 2014

Bmore Art September 2014

As part of an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics and energy behind the (e)merge art fair happening at the Capital Skyline Hotel October 2 – 5 in Washington, DC, BmoreArt editor Cara Ober reached out to several participating galleries to get a sense of their purpose and aesthetics.

Enno Wallis is the CEO of Polarraum located in Hamburg, Germany.



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East City Art September 2014

East City Art September 2014

The death of a loved one reverberates long after the initial passing. Anguish gives way to sorrow, eventually replaced with bittersweet nostalgia as we hold our memories close. It is a profound series of moments, when the intricacies of our emotions – perhaps our very souls – are laid bare.



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East City Art September 2014

East City Art September 2014

Now in its fourth year, the (e)merge art fair continues to expand its international offerings by welcoming its first-ever gallery from the Middle East. Naila Art Gallery, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will make its American debut here in Washington, DC this week with three contemporary Saudi artists.



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ARC September 2014

ARC September 2014

ARC and NLS partner to stage a presentation at (e)merge art fair in Washington. DC of work by 10 international artists based in the Caribbean, the U.S. and Canada.



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The Art Newspaper May 2014

The Art Newspaper May 2014

Artist, activist and now art-fair supremo: is there nothing Ai Weiwei cannot do? The headline-hitting polymath will cast his beady eye over works submitted for the fourth edition of the Emerge art fair (2-5 October), which takes place at the Rubell
family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.



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The Wall Street Journal March 2014

The Wall Street Journal March 2014

It doesn't take more than a couple of hours to stroll through compact fairs like Liste in Basel, Independent in New York, Untitled in Miami Beach or (e)merge in Washington, D.C., and each has enjoyed increasing cachet in recent years.



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Washington City Paper March 2014

Washington City Paper March 2014

In a nice score for D.C.'s (e)merge art fair, Ai Weiwei has agreed to serve on the annual event's vetting committee.



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ArtInfo September 2013

ArtInfo September 2013

When the three-year-old Washington, D.C.-based fair (e)merge returns on October 3-6, it promises over 80 exhibitors, including galleries and individual artists, and works by over 150 artists from 30 countries. Held at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, the fair will be spread out over the premises: various floors and rooms will be set aside for presentations by the fair's section for galleries and nonprofits, while the hotel's public areas and grounds will showcase works from unrepresented artists — an important part of the identity of (e)merge, which touts itself as the only art fair in the world that gives artists without gallery representation exhibition space, gratis...



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MapHook September 2013

MapHook September 2013

Last week, we told you about how MapHook and (e)merge have partnered together to create the Mapping Project. This week, we will be taking a closer look at and hearing from an artist who has already put herself on the Mapping Project map: Ms. Tiffaney Bishop and the tiffaney bishop COLLECTIVE (tbC).



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Peri0d October 2013

Peri0d October 2013

Alex Braden is a sound artist practicing in the DC metropolitan area-- more specifically, out of our shared basement in South Arlington. His installations typically exploit the tension between focus and awareness, or investigate the impossibility of silence. I have the unique privilege of bearing witness to his process, and eavesdropping on the sounds floating up between the un-insulated floorboards.



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Revista Select September 2013

Revista Select September 2013

Em breve, a terceira edição da feira de arte (e)merge abre suas portas na capital Washington, EUA. O diferencial é que esse é um dos poucos eventos onde artistas sem representação comercial podem concorrer ao lado de galerias comerciais importantes, e sem custo pela participação.



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East City Art October 2013

East City Art October 2013

Last week we previewed a variety of DC galleries and arts organizations that are participating in this year’s (e)merge arts fair. The fair is getting the attention of other galleries in the region, and this year we’ll be seeing work from a Virginia gallery as well as a strong showing from nearby Baltimore.



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BYT October 2013

BYT October 2013

This weekend, (e)merge art fair, DC’s premier fall art event returns for the 3rd year in a row. We sat down with Jamie Smith and Leigh Conner, co-founders of the fair, and caught up on their plans for this year’s fair (on from October 3rd through 6th), expectations for the future and beyond.



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ARC September 2013

ARC September 2013

Bahamian-born artist Lavar Munroe will be exhibiting his installation ‘Where Heroes Lay’ as part of the (e)merge Art Fair, Washington D.C. from October 3 – 6, 2013. The installation will comprise a colony of nine life-sized cardboard beds, made from soiled cardboard pieces sourced from the homeless’ sleeping quarters, which he exchanged with clean cardboard in its place.



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ArtSee September 2013

ArtSee September 2013

At last year’s (e)merge art fair, Andrew Wodzianksi floated in the Capitol Skyline Hotel rooftop pool, resting inside a coffin for 36 hours.

A most memorable endurance performance, Self Portrait as Ishmael was the vehicle by which Andrew embodied Ishmael, the protagonist in Herman Melville’s great American novel, Moby Dick.



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ArtSee September 2013

ArtSee September 2013

Hotel rooms are odd spaces as temporary homes for visitors to foreign places or familiar faces seeking moments of escape.

When an art fair enters the hotel framework, as does the Capitol Skyline Hotel at the (e)merge art fair, the hotel room takes on another totally strange personality, that of a temporary art gallery.



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ArtSee September 2013

ArtSee September 2013

Hillary Clinton is running for president.

This is the constructed reality according to Camden Place, a local artist whose fascination with the gap between perceived realities of the self and the actual self, inspired a mock Hillary 2016 campaign for presentation at the third annual (e)merge art fair.



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ArtSee September 2013

ArtSee September 2013

“A hero is someone who went into the belly of the beast and survived.”

Artist Lavar Munroe explains, the idea of the hero has the potential to manifest itself in the individuals who we come across by chance and who we choose to surround ourselves with everyday.



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Washington Post Going Out Guide Album September 2013

Washington Post Going Out Guide Album September 2013

The third annual (e)merge art fair opens Oct. 3 with a preview and poolside party from 7 to 11 p.m. and continues through Oct. 6. Attractions at this year's celebration of contemporary art include 30 miniature art shows by exhibitors on one of the hotel's upper floors; diverse work by 48 artists scattered throughout the building; panel discussions; and tons of performance art everywhere, including in the hotel pool. A full schedule of programs is available here, but be sure and check out my sneak peek, too, along with this photo gallery of scenes from fairs past and present.



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ArtNerd September 2013

ArtNerd September 2013

(e)merge art fair is making its third appearance on the DC art scene this October, featuring artists, galleries, performances and programs to delight aesthetic aficionados and amateurs alike.



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Washington Post Going Out Guide September 2013

Washington Post Going Out Guide September 2013

The conventional wisdom is that the craze for contemporary art fairs — gatherings of art dealers that resemble conventions for the culturati — is a relatively new phenomenon. Jamie Smith disagrees.

Smith, an art historian and co-founder of Washington’s (e)merge art fair, which opens Thursday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, thinks that fairs like hers harken back to the late 15th century, when a group of Belgian artists set up stalls near the Antwerp cathedral to hawk their wares.



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East City Art September 2013

East City Art September 2013

From Amsterdam to Arlington, galleries and artists from four different continents are preparing to gather at this year’s (e)merge art fair to showcase (and sell) some of the best contemporary art from around the world. While the international reach of (e)merge is remarkable given that this is only its third season, the level of participation from DC-area artists and galleries is truly impressive. To whet your artistic appetite, we’ve compiled a small taste of what our local galleries will be presenting at this year’s fair. We’ll focus on District galleries in this edition; watch for the Maryland and Virginia edition around October 1, 2013!



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Washington Flyer September 2013

Washington Flyer September 2013

The (e)merge art fair showcases unrepresented artists and emerging international art stars, and has the vibe of a mini Art Basel Miami Beach. Th is quirky annual event takes place at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, which was designed by Morris Lapidus and is owned by well-known art collectors the Rubell family. Th e crowd is a hodgepodge of international gallery and art professionals and D.C.’s best and brightest artists and cultural leaders. Rising local art stars Wilmer Wilson IV and J.J. McCracken, who are currently gaining national recognition, have both performed at the event.



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Art Fag City October 2013

Art Fag City October 2013

Not being a part of the Federal Government, the (e)merge art fair’s schedule to open its third edition in Washington, DC tomorrow will remain unchanged. This is a positive occurrence for the Washington community, and at least according AFC’s Paddy Johnson, who visited the fair in 2011 and 2012, despite a few caveats, it’s worth a visit.



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Brightest Young Things October 2013

Brightest Young Things October 2013

It is a pretty fabulous DC Fine Arts FALL/WINTER ahead.



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Plinth December 2013

Plinth December 2013

Art fairs are quickly becoming an important space for nuanced art engagement and collaboration at all levels of the arts profession. In recent years museums have become increasingly active in the art fair scene, resulting in surprising and timely collaborations with emerging arts and galleries.



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ArtSee October 2013

ArtSee October 2013

Surrounded by silks, stretchers, dozens upon dozens of squeezed paint tubes, brushes and other art-making materials, Korean-born artist Sijae Byun sits on a stool in her studio at the Arlington Arts Center and says with an exuberant smile, “I am very thankful.”



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Examiner.com October 2013

Examiner.com October 2013

(e)merge art fair wanted to get you, yes you!,collecting art. So did you? According to the fair results – you did!



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Peri0d October 2013

Peri0d October 2013

When I arrived at Alex Braden's performance Outside and Play, I was grateful (and wary) that there were some extra devices and headphones available. Alex counted down, and we, the audience and the musician performers, all tried to press play at once on our mp3 players- trying to sync up to an original composition by the artist.



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Daily Beast October 2013

Daily Beast October 2013

A few days into the government shutdown, one Bulgarian artist is hoping to create a commentary about democracy—by staging a “bed time” reading of the Constitution. Ann Binlot reports.



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Brightest Young Things October 2013

Brightest Young Things October 2013



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Artsy October 2013

Artsy October 2013

In America’s historic capital, (e)merge art fair honors what’s new. Beginning today, the rooms of the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C. will be filled with galleries and its grounds adorned with the work of still unrepresented artists.



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Washington Post Going Out Guide September 2013

Washington Post Going Out Guide September 2013

Those who head to the Hirshhorn for edgy contemporary art can find work that is even more au courant at this weekend's (e)merge Art Fair, which convenes more than 80 local, national and international galleries at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, where guest rooms become exhibition spaces and the courtyard and pool are a stage for performance art.



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Washington Post Going Out Guide October 2013

Washington Post Going Out Guide October 2013

With the museums on the Mall closed by the government shutdown, many local workers who suddenly find themselves with a lot of time on their hands have fewer good weekday attractions with which to pass the time. But if you head away from the Smithsonians, you'll find plenty of diversions in smaller museums and galleries across the city. Here are a few arty essentials for the "nonessentials."



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The Fine Art Post October 2013

The Fine Art Post October 2013

While Lottie Davies’ work takes inspiration from Old Masters such as Constable and Delaroche, her primary focus is stories; personal histories and identity, while also referencing popular culture, such as cinema and television.



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Daily Campello Art News September 2013

In the last two years, many have noted that (e)merge has somewhat carved out a niche for itself in the area of performance art.



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Bmore Art October 2013

Bmore Art October 2013



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Washington City Paper October 2013

Washington City Paper October 2013

The (e)merge Art Fair, now in its third year, opens tonight at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, the D.C. home base for art collectors Don and Mera Rubell of Miami. Just as last year, there's a satellite fair, the D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair, and a packed schedule of performance art at the main event. The Emerging Art Prize, however, is something new.



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Arts Observer October 2013

Arts Observer October 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Marking its third year, the (e)merge art fair is showcasing up-and-coming artists from the Washington region and around the world.



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Where Magazine September 2013

Where Magazine September 2013

Once again (third year!) this art fair like no oth- er turns lobbies and bedrooms of the Capital Skyline Hotel into a treasure-hunt of a venue for collectors. Its unique M.O.: 80 exhibitors from 30 countries, edgy galleries and curator- vetted solo “platforms” for independents like Judith Seligson with geometric color paint- ings, Andrew Wodzianski no doubt performing and painter Julie Combal...



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Washington Post September 2013

Washington Post September 2013

Some wonderfully weird spectacle takes place at the (e)merge art fair each year. In 2011, artist Wilmer Wilson mummified himself in Band-Aids. Last year, artist Andrew Wodzianski floated in the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool atop a wooden coffin for 36 hours. So, who knows what 2013 will bring? The fair positions 80 local, national and international galleries in the hotel's rooms, which become temporary galleries; collectors can shop and others are free to browse and hang around the pool with a cocktail, waiting for something surprising to happen.



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DC Magazine September 2013

DC Magazine September 2013



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Forbes April 2013

Forbes April 2013

Ask just about anyone about Washington DC, and in all likeliness they could rattle off a list of things come to mind. Until recently, contemporary art would not have made anyone’s list. But over the past decade, the art community in our nation’s capital has also worked hard – and gone quite far – toward building a reputation as a capital of contemporary art.



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Washington City Paper December 2012

Washington City Paper December 2012

Performance artists today book gigs and headline festivals, just as any modern DJ would. The biggest of these events in D.C. is the annual (e)merge Art Fair, where reliable suspects from more fashionable performative scenes—the storytelling set, for example—share a lineup with members of the traditional nontraditional visual art scene. It’s great for (e)merge, which boasts a vibrant lineup of performance artists from D.C. and beyond...



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Huffington Post October 2012

Huffington Post October 2012

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
1. (e)merge Art Fair At Capitol Skyline Hotel
Go early. Go often. The space is massive, the art is quality and some performances are only scheduled for once a day...



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Huffington Post October 2012

Huffington Post October 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Capitol Skyline Hotel will look different over the next three days. The (e)merge art fair has brought in 152 artists and 80 galleries to set up installations, paintings, sculpture and site-specific works that transform the hotel in an art gallery for up-and-coming artists...



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Washington Post October 2012

Washington Post October 2012

This weekend, nearly every corner of the Capitol Skyline Hotel will buzz with art and artists, gallerists and would-be collectors when the upstart (e)merge art fair returns to its Southwest Washington hub...



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Washington Post October 2012

Washington Post October 2012

The art month officially begins with the return of the (e)merge art fair to the Capitol Skyline Hotel. In its second year, the fair founded by Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith of the Connersmith gallery and art-fair veteran Helen Allen (founder of the Pulse Art Fair) brings together more than 80 galleries and artists who will set up shop throughout the retro, Morris Lapidus-designed hotel...



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Washington Post October 2012

Washington Post October 2012

As the (e)merge art fair got underway last night, I headed over with my camera — and most comfortable shoes — to record the sights. The second annual event runs through Sunday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, and features sculpture, video, photography, painting, drawing, installation and performance, with an entire hotel floor given over to gallery exhibitors from around the world...



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Worn Magazine October 2012

Worn Magazine October 2012

In its second year, the (e)merge Art Festival at the Capitol Skyline Hotel featured an international roster of over 80 galleries exhibiting 152 artists from 24 countries. Three levels of installation, painting, sculpture, video and other media captivated guests over three days...propelling the growing (e)merging art scene in Washington onto the international stage.



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Washington Post October 2012

Washington Post October 2012

Floating in the pool of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Chajana denHarder has begun “Singularity,” a performance-art piece involving a clear plastic ball. Nearby, the turntables and mixer are in place for a DJ set by Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton. In the underground garage, two Corcoran students in eight-foot-high satyr/centaur get-ups readily pose for photos, although they decline to speak. Outside, on South Capitol Street, cars and trucks thunder by artlessly.
The annual (e)merge art fair has just begun...



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Washington City Paper October 2012

Washington City Paper October 2012

Consider that art fairs are little more than overstimulating trade conventions, and you see why many in the nonwealthy art-o-sphere dread them. But Washington’s (e)merge Art Fair, now in its second year, offers something different: art, strictly for sale but reasonably easy to absorb in its entirety...The big difference is the performance art, like that of Holly Bass (shown): (e)merge has a ton of it, and it makes the fair more than a market destination. It’s an event that belongs on any art lover’s calendar...



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Washington City Paper October 2012

Washington City Paper October 2012

D.C. is at peak performance art. At (e)merge Art Fair, which continues in Southwest at the Capitol Skyline through tomorrow, there's a good dozen performance artists taking over the hotel's poolside area as well as various hotel rooms...



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Brightest Young Things October 2012

Brightest Young Things October 2012

With an opening party last night, the 2nd annual (e)merge art fair is now officially open for business (and pleasure) at the Capitol Skyline hotel and will remain so till this Sunday, October 7th...



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Washingtonian October 2012

Washingtonian October 2012

We may not have the climate of Miami or the star power of New York, but Thursday night’s opening party for the second ever (e)merge art fair proved DC has the ability to throw a heck of an arty shindig nonetheless...



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Washington City Paper October 2012

Washington City Paper October 2012

The (e)merge Art Fair is open and drawing some first responses. The Washington Post's Michael O'Sullivan calls the (e)merge Art Fair a "hot dog-eating contest": ...
You can, in fact, order a hot dog at (e)merge, at a grill setup by the pool, where most of the performance-art is happening today. But to run with O'Sullivan's metaphor, among the art at (e)merge there is the occasional Nathan's frank, the proverbial Hebrew National...



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New American Paintings October 2012

New American Paintings October 2012

Looking around the ground floor of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, where independent artist projects were located, it was easy to imagine that conversation was in fact valued over commerce...I’m willing to surmise that making a sale was the last thing on the artists’ minds, but their participation, and that of artists like them, has quickly become an integral part of (e)merge...



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Performa October 2012

Performa October 2012

Call him Ishmael. Seriously. At 5am on a cool morning in early October, Andrew Wodzianski launched his thirty-six hour endurance performance titled Self Portrait as Ishmael at the (e)merge art fair in Washington, D.C...but it was Wodzianski’s careful movements—laying back, sitting up, stretching, kneeling, occasionally dipping his hands in the water—that appealed to me, a convergence of weighty themes and the absurdity of the reality of the performance, and it appeared to fascinate a good number of visitors to (e)merge as well—an art fair that has managed to make performance not only an integral part of its programming, but a centerpiece.



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Performa October 2012

Performa October 2012

Through its full and varied performance schedule, D.C.’s (e)merge art fair was able to do just that, create a spirit of togetherness and solidarity through works that were present, absorbing, and in opposition to the more typical market-focused construction of an art fair by emphasizing the ephemeral and noncommercial. A celebration of being in the present moment, even when the moment was thirty-six hours long...



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Experiment Station October 2012

Experiment Station October 2012

(e)merge is such a great addition to the arts ecology of D.C. It generates excitement, knowledge, contacts, and, I dare say, a significant economic impact, as well. The Phillips is so proud to receive Gallerist‘s Herb and Dorothy Vogel Award and thrilled to add a work by the Belgian-Congolese artist Aimé Mpane to our collection...And we are grateful to Gallerist and (e)merge art fair for making this exciting and important new acquisition possible.



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Pink Line Project October 2012

Pink Line Project October 2012

(e)merge artist Katie Kehoe performed in Soapbox last year. Read my response to “Cleaning the Catch” below. For (e)merge, Katie Kehoe is performing Mary Ellen Likes Free Magazines. Pool deck, 12pm, various times through the fair...



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Pink Line Project October 2012

Pink Line Project October 2012

I’m looking forward to seeing all the performance art at (e)merge art fair this year, but one in particular stands out: Chukwuma Agubokwu. He will explore failure and rebirth in his performance after having nearly lost his art at last year's fair when cleaning people destroyed his work believing it was trash...



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Pink Line Project October 2012

Pink Line Project October 2012

At the (e)merge art fair, Andrew Wodzianski floated on top of a wooden coffin in the pool of the Capitol Skyline Hotel for thirty-six consecutive hours. A number of people asked me if, in the scope of performance art history, the length of Self Portrait as Ishmael was a long time, or not such a long time. It is more useful to consider the specific context than to compare the piece to predecessors...



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DC Art News October 2012

DC Art News October 2012

This second (e)merge cements this art fair as unique not only in its stated goal to focus on emerging artists - it does that and it does it well - but also it has become the leading art fair in the world for performance art...



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DC Docent October 2012



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Pink Line Project October 2012

Pink Line Project October 2012

One of the most powerful performances at last year's (e)merge art fair? "Thirst, and the Martyr," by J.J. McCracken. The performance drew scores of people out of the art fair inside the Capitol Skyline hotel to the pool deck and mesmerized us with bright sound of clay pots lightly hitting each other, the melancholy sound of the washtub bass, and the slow tortuous movement of the performers. This performance was a huge WOW!...



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DC Magazine October 2012

DC Magazine October 2012

In its second year, the (e)merge Art Fair weekend has already generated an international following. The fair is a wellspring for new and young artists to get noticed—discovered, even—by prominent collectors and casual admirers alike...



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Pink Line Project September 2012

Pink Line Project September 2012

Having just seen "The Artist Is Present," a movie about my favorite art person in the world Marina Abramovic, and having seen it with four of the best performance artists in DC (Eames Armstrong, Holly Bass, Kathryn Cornelius, and Chajana Denherder), two of whom will be performing at the (e)merge art fair next week, I felt compelled to post the fair's performance art schedule. It's going to be fantastic and you can bet I'll be there for all of it. If you want to understand the DC art scene a little better, you should definitely check out the performance art. There's a lot more of it happening here and it feels like it's starting to be a defining characteristic of the DC art scene...



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Brightest Young Things October 2012

Brightest Young Things October 2012

With the annual (e)merge art fair only days away, now might be a great time to take your piquing interest in art away from Gallery Girl reruns and into the Capital Skyline hotel’s showrooms and poolside lounge. Here you can explore contemporary paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and performances and enjoy live music while mingling with upcoming artists, gallerists, collectors and thrill-seekers...



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Washington City Paper September 2012

Washington City Paper September 2012

At (e)merge, dealers set up shop at the hotel (in this case, the Capitol Skyline), posting their wares in the hotel’s rooms for viewers, who stroll through from all around the mid-Atlantic and beyond. (Though Washington’s fair is nothing like Art Basel Miami Beach itself, the mammoth convention-center fair.) The big difference is the performance art...(e)merge has a ton of it, and it makes the fair more than a market destination...



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East City Art September 2012

East City Art September 2012

Now in its second year at the Capital Skyline Hotel, (e)merge is a yet another example of the Washington, DC region’s growing clout in the international arts arena. Not only does the fair host galleries from North America and Europe, it also showcases rising talent right here at home...



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Washington Post September 2012

Washington Post September 2012

Starting Oct. 4, 152 emerging artists from 24 countries will exhibit their work at the second year of the (E)merge art festival. Galleries from Vienna and Amsterdam, among others, will make return visits. Newcomers include Servando art gallery and LaHabana from Cuba and Asymmetrik gallery out of New York City...



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ArtInfo September 2012

ArtInfo September 2012

Washington D.C.’s art fair, (e)merge, is heading into its second year on October 4-7 with a roster holding steady at about 80 exhibitors, showing 152 artists from 24 countries. The fair, held at the Rubell family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel, is split between a section for galleries and nonprofits and one for unrepresented artists...



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Washington City Paper September 2012

Washington City Paper September 2012

(e)merge...recently announced the gallery and artist lineup for its second inauguration, which takes place Oct. 4–7. Today, the organizers announced a poolside preview party for Thursday, Oct. 4, featuring Thievery Corporation with Eric Hilton...There are two conclusions to draw from the lineup: Europe is doomed, and D.C. is the nation's capital for performance art.



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Professional Artist May 2012

Professional Artist May 2012

Last fall the (e)merge art fair debuted at Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC. Dedicated to showcasing international emerging art, (e)merge featured 80 exhibitors from 15 countries and attracted 5,500 fair visitors. The multi-platform fair was created in response to the need for additional exposure for emerging artists, combined with meeting the resurgent appetite for emerging art from collectors...



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Art + Auction December 2011

Art + Auction December 2011



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DC Magazine November 2011

DC Magazine November 2011



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Art Newspaper October 2011

Art Newspaper October 2011



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Financial Times September 2011

Financial Times September 2011



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Art Dossier September 2011

Art Dossier September 2011



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ArtInfo September 2011

ArtInfo September 2011



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Handelsblatt August 2011

Handelsblatt August 2011



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ArtInfo September 2011

ArtInfo September 2011



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Washington Post September 2011

Washington Post September 2011



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Urbanite September 2011

Urbanite September 2011



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New York Observer September 2011

New York Observer September 2011



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Washington City Paper September 2011

Washington City Paper September 2011



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Washington City Paper September 2011

Washington City Paper September 2011



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Washington City Paper September 2011

Washington City Paper September 2011



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New American Paintings Blog September 2011



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New American Paintings Blog September 2011



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Experiment Station September 2011



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Washington Examiner September 2011

Washington Examiner September 2011



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DCist September 2011

DCist September 2011



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Daily Campello Art News September 2011

Daily Campello Art News September 2011



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Washington Post September 2011

Washington Post September 2011



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Washington Post August 2011

Washington Post August 2011



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Artinfo July 2011

Artinfo July 2011



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Washington Post July 2011

Washington Post July 2011



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Financial Times December 2010

Financial Times December 2010



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Le Monde March 2011

Le Monde March 2011



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Art Newspaper Art Basel Miami Beach Edition 2010

Art Newspaper Art Basel Miami Beach Edition 2010



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Washington Post December 2010

Washington Post December 2010



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Artinfo December 2010

Artinfo December 2010



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Art in America February 2011

Art in America February 2011



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Washington City Paper December 2010

Washington City Paper December 2010



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Pinkline Project December 2010

Pinkline Project December 2010



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