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Inside Scope New York 2015

Scope, the oldest satellite art fair of the world famous Armory Show in New York, celebrated last weekend its 15th anniversary in a new two-floor venue at Metropolitan Pavilion West, moving from its longtime location at Moynihan Station. Bringing together more than 60 international galleries from countries like Canada, The Netherlands, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, Israel and Korea, and also complementing its main schedule with a variety of special events, performances and talks, Scope consolidated itself one more year as the leading international platform for new and emerging artists, among them street-art legends like Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Mr. Brainwash.

Always displaying the most challenging art across multiple creative disciplines, and in constant search for innovative ideas, Scope opted this year for an open-plan exhibition space. Galleries were no longer divided into cubicle-like separate booths; they were rather represented as a unified entity, with the works of different artists blended together, as if it were a museum’s group show. This novel approach created a sense of intimacy that added an extra allure to the fair, which since its very first edition 15 years ago hasn’t stopped influencing the landscape of the contemporary art fair industry.

Apart from its main schedule, Scope included a charity auction, organized by Juxtapoz magazine and Waves For Water organization in collaboration with TFR and Chandran Gallery, in order to raise money for bringing clean drinking water to communities in need worldwide. The auction featured a series of custom-painted surfboards from artists like Beau Stanton, Dan Witz, Grotesk, Brett Amory, Logan Hicks and Mary Iverson, who all generously donated their works for the cause. Juxtapoz also curated a selection of Scope galleries for the Featured Programming section, including works that “bended, blended and transcended genre”.

Other highlights included the Breeder program, which aims to introduce new galleries to the contemporary market; The Time is NOW exhibition, showcasing emerging artists, and the Rush projects, featuring emerging artists of color, both organized by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non–profit providing arts education for youth and career support for emerging artists; and last, but not least, an array of works by Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2014 winner Kristine Mays, titled “Pearls of My Experience”, which explored the world through the viewpoint of an African- American person in the United States.