I haven’t talked to a single person who isn’t sick of the art fairs, but since we’ll all be in Miami this week for them, we’re in this shit together. So let’s make this as quick and as painless as possible. Here is the Art F City fair guide. We didn’t bother listing everything because it’s not worth trying to see everything. A little curation never hurt anyone.
It’s been a good week for art. Between the EAB Fair launch and The Independent Fair, there was more conversation to be had about the quality of art itself than the money people were paying for it. That had to do not just with the quality of work on view, but the community that created it.
After a Tuesday night opening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat that involved a near two hour Patti Smith performance and the glitteriest of the glitterati, Wednesday afternoon at Abu Dhabi Art seemed quiet by comparison. A steady stream of collectors were milling about the halls this first day of the fair, though just as often, so too were the dealers.
The publishing world may still be adjusting to the online marketplace, but zine culture has officially exploded. No more is this more evident than at the New York Art Book Fair, which this year boasts 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions, and independent publishers from around the world. Now in its ninth year, the fair expects more than 27,000 people to attend.
To those visitors we say, “Prepare to be inspired. Anticipate spending more than you think.” We found that all our tiny purchases at the zine section added up a little too quickly.
When EXPO Chicago started in 2012, the popular opinion was that President and Director Tony Karman had five years to make this fair great. If he couldn’t, it was likely dead in the water. This weekend marked year three of the midwest fair, and exhibitors and attendees remarked on the palpable momentum. 19 Chicago galleries participated, the highest number yet, and EXPO continued to draw galleries from around the world, including repeat exhibitors like New York’s CRG Gallery who has been on board all three years, and Diana Lowenstein Gallery of Miami, who has been exhibiting at Chicago fairs every year since the 90s.