Have art fairs have finally reached an apex of absurdity? SeaFair, a temporary art exhibit for collectors on a cruise ship, answers this question by facilitating every collectors desire to sail and shop at the same time. But just what kind of art can you purchase at such a fair? Nothing good that’s for sure. A brief look at the fair’s exhibitor list reveals a number of D list galleries lined up to show. ACA, a gallery currently on the roaster represents such luminary political artists as Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Artmosphere, an exhibition space that not only boasts the worst name in the business, but sports an array of second rate Warhol’s on their website also promises to feature work, as does Forum Gallery, whose artists include flower figurist Maria Tomasula, and doom and gloom artist Steven Assael. And yet, for some reason this list also includes a smattering of more reputable galleries including Nancy Hoffman gallery, who is a member of the ADAA and Moti Hasson, a new, but reasonably good gallery.
But whatever. The boat will be in Miami this December, which I suppose simply gives us one more reason to get upset about the growing ostentation of collector culture.
Additional Note: Art aboard is a turn of phrase featured on the SeaFair website, and should not be mistaken for a title I endorse.