A lot of art purists have plenty of disdain for the big international art fairs. I, myself, can’t seem to get enough of them. In fact, my husband and I are art tourists. We plan our weekend get-aways and often entire vacations to coincide with fairs or museum exhibitions we want to see.
But let’s get one thing clear here: Art fairs are set up for art dealers to sell art.
If you keep this fact in mind, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Collectors come from all over the world and have the chance to do some “one stop shopping” rather than traveling to 20 different exhibitions in 20 countries every year.
But you don’t have to be a buyer to benefit from flying to one of the big “Jumbo Fairs” as I like to call them. For an artist, especially emerging artists, an art fair is a great way to do research.
Where else would you have the opportunity to see what thousands of other contemporary artists from all over the planet are creating?
No matter what part of the art world you prefer to belong to or what path you want your own career to take, you can’t really afford to stick your head in the sand and ignore what’s going on in the art world around you. You owe it to yourself to find a way to visit one of the Jumbo fairs every so often.
So what have I seen this year?
Here’s a quick and dirty review and summary:
Wandering around the beautiful French city of Toulouse is already a treat, but discovering art installations tucked into its architecture was truly breath-taking. Printemps de Septembre is an annual citywide festival that could more accurately be described as a series of exhibitions. I picked up my map at the main office and then spent two days wandering from location to location. Click here for full photo set.
|Beer. Sausage. Johnny Cash. What's not to like? (Note: Orange pants sighting #24 on far left.)|
|Ruby Anemic's "No Guts No Glory"Neon, 19″ x 48″|
|Me scribbling down notes in front of 4 AMAZING prints by Jannis Kounellis.|
At least 80 glorious photos for your viewing pleasure here.
So what about you?
Which fair was your favorite and why?
What art fairs have you visited?
What did you see/learn/buy?
Leave your answers and other thoughts in the comment section.
p.s. Not sure where to start? Comprehensive list of International art fairs and links to their websites here: http://art-collecting.com/artfairs.htm