Joe Iurato. Lion, 2012. Stencil, spray paint and latex on wood panels. 20′ x 8′.

Fountain Art Fair New York at the 69th Regiment Armory
March 9–11, 2012 | 68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street

Fountain Art Fair, known for its delightfully rebellious tendencies and inclination to challenge the status quo, will open the doors of its seventh New York exhibition on Friday, March 9 at the historic 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave at 25th St).

Keeping its signature street art edge, Fountain will feature 18 of today’s most infamous street artists—over half of them female—in a sprawling 200-foot installation both inside and outside the 69th Armory. The installation, with contributions by Chris Stain, Know Hope, GILF, Imminent Disaster, Joe Iurato, LMNOP, Elle, ShinShin, and more, is curated by street art champion Samson Contompasis, director of The Marketplace Gallery.

Site-specific installations and other surprises will abound at Fountain, including Abraham Lubelski’s large-scale installation 250,000 Works on Paper and Ryan Cronin’s 35-foot inflatable pink bunny hovering above the fray.

Among Fountain’s 60 outstanding exhibitors, the fair’s usual focus on cutting-edge Brooklyn galleries and artists will be complimented this year by 10 international galleries from Korea, Japan, Germany, France, and Canada. Contemporary visual performances curated by Jill McDermid will take place throughout the weekend; check the website for details!

For respite from the art fair frenzy, attendees can head to Fountain’s LOOSEWORLD Lounge, where Pernod Absinthe will be providing specialty cocktails while LOOSEWORLD, a multi-media creative agency, sets the scene with special video projects. In addition, Fountain will be graciously hydrated by Drink Mercy, Bomb Lager, Bulldog Gin, Alacran, Tequila, Medea Vodka, Fresh Art House, and IZZE’s Sparkling Juice.

Three special on-site events you don’t want to miss:

VIP & Press Preview: Friday March 9, 1pm-7pm
Get an exclusive first look at Fountain’s outstanding roster of exhibitors and discover impressive new artwork before anyone else. During the VIP Preview, Prohibition Bakery will provide a selection of its boozey cupcakes for adults in the VIP & Press Lounge. Artist-led tours of the fair, curated by Uprise Art, will also be available. Click here for details on how to become a Fountain VIP.

Artlog Public Opening Reception: Friday March 9, 7pm-11pm
Contemporary art gurus Artlog host Fountain’s Public Opening Reception, featuring an appearance by the defiant art-improv collective Art Liars, undeniably danceable beats by NSR, a live performance by psych-rockers Spirit Animal, and a DJ set by New York legend and street art pioneer Fab 5 Freddy—who will also be exhibiting his artwork. Also be sure to catch Hairachy, a 17-minute multidimensional aerial performance by Seanna Sharpe and Mad Sharpe Production, presented by Creamhotel.

Art For Progress Party: Saturday March 10, 7pm-11pm
With live music, interactive fashion, performance art, and DJs, this evening presented by Fountain’s nonprofit partner Art For Progress is not to be missed. Featuring Comandante Zero of Brooklyn, Red Baron of Philadelphia, designers Iliana Quander and Allyson Jacobs, among other exciting talents from Art for Progress, a nonprofit arts organization committed to the cultivation and support of emerging artists.

Visitors can also interact with Fountain online—media sponsor SCVNGR will be providing fun mobile challenges throughout the fair, and join the conversation on Twitter by following @FountainArtFair!

Get your tickets to Fountain in advance! Discounted tickets are available online.

Fountain New York 2012 Exhibitors:
5 Pointz Art Space * Albany Center Gallery * Andrew Kennelly and Eric Tureski* Active Ideas Productions * Art For Progress * Artist Collective * Art Mazinga Gallery * Asan Gallery * Big Deal Arts * BLUDOG 10003/NOT ME * Broadway Gallery* Bushwick Gallery * Charlie K Art Space * Cheap & Plastique * creamhotel * curcioprojects presents: Christopher Hart Chambers and Michael Zansky * Dacia Gallery * Dumb One!/ Empirical Art * Evo Love * Fab 5 Freddy * Fine Arts International * Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art * Front Room Gallery * Gallery DEN * Gallery G2* * GILF! * Glasschord * Grace Exhibition Space * Hullaballoo Collective * Ian Ross * iArt-4 Collective * Javier Jimenez * K & P Gallery * Kelsey Marie * KESTING / RAY * Lambert Fine Arts * Leslie Lyons * Marianne Nems * Mark Demos * Mayjune Gallery * Michael X Rose * Microscope Gallery * Mighty Tanaka * Mind the Art * MUNCH GALLERY * Murder Lounge * Now Gallery * Post Nature Art * Republic Worldwide * Ross Brodar and Daniel Belardinelli * Sarah Trouche * Solo(s) Project House * Station 16 *The Body Paint Gallery (AKA Gallery ML) * The G-Spot * The Marketplace Gallery * Tinca Art * Uprise Art * YES Gallery * Zoom Gallery

Fountain Art Fair New York at the 69th Regiment Armory
March 9–11, 2012 | 68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street

Hours & Special Events:

Friday 3/9
VIP &Press Preview: 1pm–7pm
Artlog presents Opening Reception: 7pm-11pm

Saturday 3/10
General public hours: 1pm–7pm
Art For Progress Saturday Party: 7pm–11pm

Sunday 3/11
General public hours: 1pm–7pm

Tickets: Online at reduced rates: $8 daily / $13 weekend pass / $45 VIP Pass
At the door: $10 daily / $15 weekend pass