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NLS and Arc Take Caribbean Artists to (e)merge 2014

Caribbean Artists at (e)merge

The Kingston-based art space, NLS is collaborating with Arc Magazine for a presentation of Caribbean art and artists in conversation with artists from outside the region at the 2014 (e)merge art fair, October 2 - 5. The ten international artists hail from across the Caribbean and North America.

James Cooper (Bermuda), Stephanie Cormier (Canada), Ian Deleón (Cuba/Brazil), Nadia Huggins (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Leasho Johnson (Jamaica), Becca Kallem (Washington, DC), Mark King (Barbados), Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez (Puerto Rico), Oneika Russell (Jamaica), Storm Saulter (Jamaica) are the ten artists who will be represented by Arc and NLS at (e)merge 2014. 

Now in its fourth year, the (e)merge fair connects emerging-art professionals with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. The fair features a gallery platform in hotel rooms and other spaces, as well as an artist platform which features a vetted selection from independent artists.

In a release from Arc and NLS, the entities point out the economic potential of the Caribbean’s bourgeoning Caribbean art scene remains under tapped.

“International art fairs, such as (e)merge, VOLTA NY, Art Basel and Frieze, though almost unknown and untapped in the Caribbean’s burgeoning art scene, have for decades provided unmatched commercial opportunities for art galleries, non-profit spaces and other non-traditional art spaces to introduce their best works to individuals in the art world who influence the art market,” the release said.

The representation at the fair, curated by Deborah Anzinger and Holly Bynoe, is a step by NLS and Arc to redress that and build on the attention that artists from Jamaica (Ebony G. Patterson), Guyana (Frank Bowling and Hew Locke), The Bahamas (Blue Curry and Tavares Strachan) and Antigua (Frank Walters) have already begun to glean at international fairs and in magazines.

“At the moment, the Caribbean is especially well-placed to engage the global art market,” the release said. “The region has begun to glean significant interest and recognition in the last few years.”