At the TEFAF: More Museum Than Bazaar

18.03.2013

At the ripe old age of 47, come April, is Art Cologne, the world’s oldest fair of 20th- and 21st-century fine art. Art Basel, the market-leading event, turns 43 in June. The youngster, at 38, the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, shows the oldest art but has an ever-increasing presence of contemporary. TEFAF is also the world’s longest-running fair: March 15th-24th—three days more than the norm.

The recently completed Armory Show (b.1994) in New York is hanging on for dear life even as Artinfo.com’s Louise Blouin contemplates (or, negotiates) its purchase, with the New York editions of super-supercilious Frieze Art Fair (b. 2003 in London) chomping at its heels (May will be the second New York iteration of Frieze). Welcome to the international art fair wars.  ... weiterlesen

hyper-artflation

18.03.2013
pardon my lack of photoshopping skills
pardon my lack of photoshopping skills

when you look at galleries reselling art only recently purchased at auction for wild and obnoxious increases of up to 300%, which i witnessed at maastricht, you have some mighty unhealthy hyper-artflation. sadly, the higher and higher prices are for fewer and fewer artists.

Tefaf Maastricht

16.03.2013
i can understand the flowers, but not the sculpture they were meant to be a reaction to
i can understand the flowers, but not the sculpture they were meant to be a reaction to

Excerpt for upcoming piece on maastricht fair for GalleristNY.com (they should change their name, no offence)

It's impossible to gauge sales at fairs, art is an unusual business where multi-million dollar deals are communicated by whispers. Nothing more need be done to cement a deal. Until the invoice comes that is. But even then, as far as clients who chose to renege, there is no recourse as no signed contract, hence also un-chartable is how many people in fact walk from such agreements after the event. Its happened to me and if you are in art, it's happened to you, no matter from which side of the aisle you hail.

and i forgot to mention art dealers lie on every occasion they can, another reason post fair reports are highly inaccurate.
 

Off to Maastricht

13.03.2013

Off I go to the races, the art fair races — not Armory obvious, hanging on for dear life in a sad state of stasis, but Maastricht in the Netherlands. From old masters to old contemporary, they cover it all in finely carpeted aisles that are actually named after the haughtiest streets from Paris, London and New York. Really. I will cover the coming affairs seeking to determine the role contemporary art plays as the more traditional fare becomes too rare (to get a hold of), for GalleristNY.com.

Why did Larry G. flee, only to jump back into the sea (sorry), and give it another go? Can a staid, predominantly old master undertaking (previously in need of an undertaker) be sexy…in addition to fancy? Though they typically mark the success of the fair by the jets in the parking lot, caviar tins in the trash and champagne corks popped, Miami is on a whole other level of luxury and degradation (http://www.jeffkoons.com/site/index.html). But watch out, even the old master Koons himself will grace the proceedings with his presence and an example of a new series of dancer sculptures.

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