About

installation view of the exhibition Drift at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow.

The International Fine Arts Consortium is an independent curatorial platform and agency founded in 1996. A Duchampian semi-nomadic project space functioning in the real and virtual worlds through a broad based international network experts that seek to expand the dialogue in the arts and the avant garde.



IFAC brings more than 25 years of experience working with top auction houses, international art fairs, private dealers, galleries and most importantly artists to assisted in the acquisition and sales of primary and secondary market artworks and has consulted for public and private art collections, institutions, estates, and archives.

 

Through this multifaceted approach IFAC is able to present and support a dynamic program of emerging, experimental and under discovered artists dedicated to addressing important conceptual, aesthetic and social issues.

IFAC has globally exhibited the works of 1000's of emerging and established artists in 100's of exhibitions, screenings, performances and events. Some prestegious institutions and festivals include the Venice Biennale, Guggenheim Museum, NCCA Moscow, Mykonos Biennale, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, PS1/MoMA, The Hermatage Museum, Arlington National Cemetary, Liverpool Biennale, Lincoln Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

IFAC projects have also been featured in more than 30 international art fairs including: Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, Art Cologne, Art Chicago, Scope Art Shows, Volta, Pulse, Palm Beach Contemporary, Art Miami, Art Hamptons, New York Print Fair, Art of the 20th Century, Circa Puerto Rico. 

Core projects include: Perpetual Art Machine, Peanut Underground, Artists Meeting Arts Collective, Artists Network, and Loft In The Red Zone.

In October 2015 IFAC launched a satalite studio/project space GALAXIA 11 in the Neo Kosmos neighborhood of Athens Greece. 

Lee Wells (b.1971) is a conceptual artist and writer whose work ranges from painting, drawing and photography, to video and new media, which primarily focuses on systems of power and control in society. Various projects have been presented internationally for over 25 years, including the Guggenheim Museum, PS1/MoMA, National Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, 51st Venice Biennale, The State Hermitage Museum, in addition to numerous universities, festivals, art fairs, and galleries. Wells was a co-founder of The Perpetual Art Machine, the video art community portal project (2006-2011) and has directed the alternative curatorial platform IFAC Arts since 1996. IFAC continues today with project spaces in New York, Athens and London. 


SELECTED THEORY


Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo - 2010 - Essay Commission

Guggenheim Museum - as part of the Play Biennial of Creative Video

https://www.guggenheim.org/blogs/the-take/andy-nam-june-and-me-at-the-zoo

Interview with Terry Flaxton - June 4, 2010 - New York City

Considering a Virbatum History of High Definition Technologies and Aesthetics

https://youtu.be/_pMPgT3zGuM

Essay - Supermodern - Nothing is what it seems - 2008

Published by the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow as part of In Transitions Russia 2008

http://independent.academia.edu/LeeWells/Papers/128743/Supermodern--Nothing-is-what-it-seems

Video - Democracy in America - Creative Time - 2008 - New York City

Supermodern - Nothing is what it seems https://youtu.be/uVTXbkx-WoA


COLLECTIVE CURATORIAL PROJECTS

1996-2000 Imperfect Fluids Arts Collective / IF Gallery, Chicago IL. 

2000-Present International Fine Arts Consortium, New York, NY.

2005-2010 Scope Art Fairs, New York, NY

2006-2011 Perpetual Art Machine, New York, NY

2012-2014 Peanut Underground, New York, NY

2015-Present IFAC Athina, Athens, Greece


SYMPOSIUMS / LECTURES / WORKSHOPS


2019 National Arts Club, A Discussion with Lee Wells: Sophia’s Safe House (New York)

2018 Victoria & Alberts Museum, The Work of Art in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (London)

2016 I moved to Athens, parallel program Art Athina (Athens)

2014 Blouin Creative Summit, Museum of Modern Art (New York)

2012 Visiting artist, Long Island University, (Brooklyn)

2010 Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts (New York)

2009 Visiting artist, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia (Athens)

Open Video Conference, presentation, New York University, School of Law (New York)

Walking a Fine Line – perspectives on Russian video art, lecture, Princeton University (Princeton)

The Russians are Here, panel discussion moderator, Lincoln Center (New York)

2008 New media art lecture, Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography (Moscow)

Visiting lecturer, Oct-Nov, Ural State University, Department of Cultural Studies (Ekaterinburg)

Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux, NCCA/USU (Ekaterinburg) 

Supermodern, presentation, Creative Time, Democracy in America, Park Avenue Armory (New York) 

Visiting artist, Central Florida University (Orlando)

2007 Teleculture, artist talk and panel discussion, Pace University (New York)

1800 Frames/take3, artist talk, Jersey City Museum (Jersey City)

Video Art In the Age of the Internet, roundtable discussion, Chelsea Art Museum (New York)

2006 Art Salon, roundtable discussion, Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach)

Birth of a 21st Century Video Archive, presentation and discussion, Split Film Festival (Split, Croatia)

Steve.museum Symposium, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

1998 visiting artist, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Fine Arts (Pittsburgh)

Interstices, Caiia-Star Symposium, Port Eliot House (St.Germans, England)

Chicago Artist International, artist talk, Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago)

1997 Arts at the Turn of the Century, presentation, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago)


SELECTED PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS


2017 Neo Past Forward 2.0, Light Year 22, Manhattan Bridge Anchorage (Brooklyn)

2016 Detourning A Hillside, Kourdisto Mantarini (Pendeli, Greece)

2013-Present Neoist Living Theatre Life Performance after Duchamp, Curator, Advisor, Art Dealer with assorted other shows, screenings and events 

2010 “Big Screen Plaza”, 40x16 ft Public LED screen, Eventi Plaza(New York)

2009 “Bright Nights”, large scale projection, Manhattan Bridge Centennial, (Brooklyn) 

“Tomorrow City Project”, video for 15 public robots, Songdo International City (Incheon, Korea)

“Piano Activities”, Public re-address of George Maciunas' 1962 performance, Bedford/5th St (Brooklyn)

“Video Forest” , 96 panel HD immersive video corridor, main terminal, Kimpo Airport (Seoul)

2008 “PAM, Perpetual Art Machine”, video screening program, Product Festival (Varna, Bulgaria)

“Public Exhibition Space/AM”, 3000 posters in lower Manhattan on 911, CONFLUX (New York)

“PAM”, large scale interactive video pavilion, Lincoln Center (New York)

2007 “PAM”, architectural outdoor interactive video installation, Robodock (Amsterdam)

“Gumbo/AM”, 70 ft projection installation, Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Dumbo Festival (Brooklyn)

“PAM”, 3000 sf Multimedia Pavilion, Coachella Music and Arts Festival (Indio, CA)

“PAM”, interactive video installation, Lincoln Center (New York)

2006 “PAM”, large scale interactive video installation, Roberto Clemente Park (Miami)

“PAM”, projection installation, Art Video Lounge, ABMB, Botanical Gardens, (Miami Beach)

“PAM”, multi-channel interactive installation, Old Truman Brewery (London)

“PAM”, large scale interactive video installation, Split Film Festival (Split, Croatia)

“PAM”, large scale interactive video installation, Le Name Multimedia Festival (Lille, France)

1999 “ImageBomb” video projection installation, Avantgarde-Ariergarde Festival, (Insko, Poland)

1996-1999 “Various Public Murals”, Chicago Metropolitan Area, Chicago Public Art Group (Chicago)


SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS


2019 IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York, Athens)

2018 Athens School of Fine Art, Platforms Project, Nomads, (Athens)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York, Athens)

2017 IFAC Athina, Metaxy Max / In Between Us, (Athens)

IFAC Athina, Neo Past Forward v.1.0, (Athens)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York, Athens)

2016 IFAC Athina, Erasmus : Exploring our Values as Europeans, (Athens)

IFAC Athina, Khamsa, Sadaqa Jaariyah (Endless Charity), (Athens)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York, Athens)

2015 IFAC Athina, ΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ / SITUATION ATHINA, (Athens)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York, Athens)

2014 Precision Guided Messages, Espacio Enter, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Canary Islands)

Kill Your Idol, Miami Arts Week / Art Basel (Miami)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York)

2013 1st Mykonos Biennale, Pirate States, Crisis and Paganism, (Mykonos)

Kill Your Idol, Miami Arts Week / Art Basel (Miami)

IFAC Assorted exhibitions (New York)

2012 Peanut Underground Art Projects New York, assorted exhibitions (New York)

Kill Your Idol, Miami Arts Week / Art Basel (Miami) 

2011 No Comment, 1st Occupy Wall Street Art Show, 23 Wall Street (New York)

Kill Your Idol, Miami Arts Week / Art Basel (Miami)

Being and Event, Artists Meeting, Postmasters Gallery (New York) 

2010 “You Tube Play”, Guggenheim Museum, Contributor/Advisor (New York)

Mediations Biennial, 2 channel group video installation ConsentArt, (Berlin)

“A Light at the End of the Tunnel”, video screening program, Kaserne Basel, Scope (Basel)

“Big Screen Project”, 40x16 ft Public LED screen, Eventi Plaza at 30th st and 6th Ave (New York)

2009 “Video Forest”, Immersive video corridor, main terminal, Kimpo Airport (Seoul)

“Social Soup” projection screening program, Elizabeth Foundation (New York)

“A-list Cannibal Cage-Match/AM”, Youtube performance installation, Postmasters Gallery (New York)

“The Russians Are Here”, video screening series with NCAA/Winzavod, Lincoln Center (New York)

“A Stranger in a Strange Land”, projection screening program, Lincoln Center, Scope (New York)

“Bright Nights”, large scale projection, Manhattan Bridge Centennial, (Brooklyn)

“Tomorrow City Project”, video for 15 public robots, Songdo International City (Incheon, Korea)

2008 “ДРЕЙФ/DRIFT, multi-media video exhibition, National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, projection screening program, Product Contemporary (Varna, Bulgaria)

“Public Exhibition Space/AM”, 3000 posters in lower Manhattan on 911, CONFLUX (New York)

“Supermodern”, public HD video installation, Lords Cricket Grounds, Scope (London)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, interactive video installation, Utsikten Kunstsenter (Utsiken, Norway)

“Regurgitating Histories”, interactive video installation and screening program, Scope (Basel) 

“Perpetual Art Machine”, interactive video installation, Second Nature (Aix-en-Provence, France)

“ДРЕЙФDRIFT”, video screening program, with Alisa Prudnikova, Volta Art Fair (New York)

“The Future Was Then...so now what?”, interactive video installation, Lincoln Center (New York)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, interactive video installation, Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan) 

“Perpetual Art Machine”, interactive video installation, MOV-iN Gallery, CSF (Santa Fe)

2007 “Teleculture”, multi-media gallery exhibition, Pace Digital Gallery, Pace University (New York)

“1800 Frames / Take 3”, video screening program, Jersey City Museum (Jersey City)

“Video Art In the Age of the Internet”, multi-media exhibition, Chelsea Art Museum (New York)

“PAM”, Multimedia Pavilion, Coachella Music and Arts Festival (Indio, CA)

“1st Youtube Open Mic”, immersive projection installation with Youtube.com, Monkeytown (Brooklyn)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, WRO-XII Media Art Biennale, National Museum Warsaw (Warsaw)

“We are your Future”, Video Box exhibition program, Whitebox Gallery (New York)

“Entre la Piedra y la Flor”, video screening program, Circa / SJ Convention Center (San Juan)

“We Are Your Future”, video screening program, 2nd Moscow Biennial, Winzavod (Moscow)

“Video Art Urban Condition”, projection screening program, Lentos Kunstmsueum (Linz, Austria)

2006 “PAM”, projection installation, Art Video Lounge, ABMB, Botanical Gardens, (Miami Beach)

“1800 Frames / Take 3”, gallery exhibition, with Mica Scalin, City Without Walls (Newark)

“COUP” gallery exhibition, co-curated with Cadice Madey, WeissPollack Gallery (New York)

“Video Box”, projection screening program, project room, WeissPollack Gallery (New York)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, multichannel interactive video installation, Roberto Clemente Park (Miami)

“Rules of Engagement” chief-curated video art screening series, Roberto Clemente Park (Miami)

“My World is More Fucked up than Your World”, Roberto Clemente Park, Scope (Miami)

“Guerrilla Media Vehicle v2.0” mobile 18 ft audio/video projection truck, (Miami / Miami Beach)

“Helios Oceanus”, environmental projection installations, M21 / Gansevort South (Miami Beach)

“Perpetual Art Machine”, interactive video installation, Old Truman Brewery (London)

“Transvoyeur” research project and gallery exhibition, Liverpool Biennial Independents (Liverpool)

“Future Perfect”, chief curator of large scale multi-media exhibition, Scope (Wainscott)

“Cinema-Scope”, multi-media media exhibition including New Museum/Rhizome, Scope (New York)

2005 “The Momentarily Seduction of Now”, public screening program, Townhouse (Miami Beach)

“Guerrilla Media Vehicle v1.0” mobile 18 ft audio/video projection truck, (Miami / Miami Beach)

“Tomorrow Was the Day Before” interactive video installation, St Martins Lane (London)

“That Uncomfortable Place Between...”, video screening program, Hampton Hall (Southampton)

2004 “High Art Perspectives”, gallery exhibition, with Nicole Dupont, Ashmore Gallery (Miami Beach)

“Art of Politics”, gallery exhibition, with Nicole Dupont, Ashmore Gallery (Miami Beach)

”Active Duty, Armed Artists of America”, gallery exhibition / performance series, Studio 84 (Brooklyn)

1999 “EXE Digital Media Festival”, 3 day, 70,000 sf multi-media festival (Chicago)

1996-2000 Imperfect Fluids Arts Collective, Assorted exhibitions (Chicago)

1995 GBU Gallery, University of Illinois, Assorted exhibitions (Chicago) 

 

Selected Collections 

National Center For Contemporary Art, Moscow / National Center For Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg / HanaBank, Seoul, Korea / Shinhan Bank, Seoul, Korea / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN / New York Public Library, New York, NY / The Joan Flasch Collection, Chicago, IL / U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, PA / Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. / Artists Space, New York, NY / Ms. Maire Kennedy, Chicago, IL / Ms. Nicole Dupont, New Orleans, LA. / Ms. Britney Spears, Los Angeles, CA / Ms. Alisa Prudnikova, Ekaterinburg, Russia / Ms. Lillian Heidelberg, New York, NY. / Mr. Michael Shvo, Watermill, NY. / Mr. Carlton DeWoody, New York, NY. / Ms. Amy Cappellazzo, New York, NY. 



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