Organisers of the Basel satellite fair Volta, have announced the cancellation of what was to be its first edition in Miami, in November, due to uncertainties surrounding international travel and issues with venue contracts.
Volta director Kamiar Maleki wrote: ‘VOLTA as a brand is a boutique, curated, engaging experience, and all of these values must be met for it to be a true VOLTA fair. We pride ourselves on our international reach, especially in our stateside events, and the uncertainty of when and whether our loyal exhibitors would be able to travel was too serious to overlook. There were and are still too many COVID-caused obstacles for us to produce the standard that we are accustomed to for our debut VOLTA Miami edition and therefore are cancelling our 2021 premiere this December. VOLTA returned to Basel last month after a full year delay, and even though the travel climate was truncated, the fair itself was beautiful, the collectors were of quality and serious, and the exhibitors were happy overall.’
Art Basel Miami is still scheduled to open to the public from 2–4 December.