Archive for the 'Art fairs' Category

TRIBUTE to Swiss Art Dealer Ernst Beyeler

Tomorrow, Sunday, February 28, in Toronto, the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival will host the first tribute to the legendary Swiss art dealer and founder of Art Basel, Ernst Beyeler, who died Thursday at his home, aged 88. Ernst Beyeler in his gallery office, 22 May 1982. Image: beyeler.com

In the Air…

…In London: Sales were up at Frieze art fair in London apparently, but collectors are bargain-hunting. Artists continue apace, and you’ve got to hand it to Swiss artist Christoph Buchel for bravely exhibiting a pair of his old, worn socks on the floor of Hauser & Wirth, for sale at €20,000. Not sure if they sold. Christoph Büchel Socks, 2009.
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Times Are Tough in Art, Says NYT

“An art gallery is like a single-cell organism: it is the crudest but also the most essential life form in the art-world food chain. It is among the easiest of public forums to start up… Luanne Martineau, Gobbler, 2005. Image: trepanierbaer.com …At the same time keeping a gallery going is usually fairly hard, and can seem impossibly daunting when sales
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The Art Expo: Yours to Discover

Check out my article on the Art Expo, Toronto’s “kinder, gentler art fair for tough times” in today’s Globe and Mail – click thumbnail after the jump. It’s a good place to discover work by artists who may not have gallery representation. Many are from abroad – expect to see work from India, Japan, Israel, Germany and Korea. A mixed-media
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Report: Shift in the Geography of Art Buying

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai with John Martin, Director of Art Dubai. The report, Globalisation and the Art Market, Emerging Economies and the Art Trade in 2008 takes a detailed look at the growing importance of China, Russia, India and the Middle East in the art market in recent years.
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A Good Idea: The Upper Trading Post

Following on from our recent question of whether artist flea markets are the new art fairs, Winnipeg artist/dealer Paul Butler has launched a website, which is “a collectively determined, autonomous art economy where economic value is determined through the consensus of peers. It exists to facilitate connections and to create a network through which artists can trade their art.” Work
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Toronto: Recession Art Show – The Artists Flea Market

ARTISTS’ FLEA MARKET Saturday, January 17th and Saturday, January 24th, 10 am – 6 pm. Board of Directors, Toronto A ‘real’ flea market in Amsterdam. Image: z.about.com At a time when everyone – surely – is tiring of the never ending art fairs popping up around the globe, and there is an excess of mediocre contemporary art being produced, it
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How to tell the true value of a work of art? From the Art Newspaper

Dealer Angela Westwater offers her thoughts at Art Basel Miami Beach. From a recent issue of the Art Newspaper: “The art market is only part of the art world. The turmoil in the global economy distracts us from where the true value of art really resides – its sustaining benefits as spiritual sustenancy and cultural legacy.” – Angela Westwater, Sperone
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Design Miami: Murray Moss on the State of Design Today

VoCA’s favorite retail design guru Murray Moss speaks to the New York Times as Design Miami opens in tandem with Art Basel Miami Beach et al, which the Times appropriately calls “a cultural caviar-stuffed buffet.” Studio Job, Bavaria Screen, 2008, (Courtesy of Moss Gallery, New York). Image: nytimes.com Read the full article HERE. Incidentally, Studio Job, the cutting-edge Dutch designers
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Art collecting: The Strong vs. the Weak

This Thursday, Art Basel Miami Beach gets under way, as do the vast number of alternate fairs, and the entire design section that has emerged as a compliment to all the art. It remains to be seen what the effects of the economic downturn will have on the fairs – and the hype. Stay tuned. Tim Noble and Sue Webster,
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