Annual Art Trade Shows and Conferences
As Art Basel Miami
comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the relevance of the tradition of the “Art Trade Show” and it’s influence in today’s art market. There are prestigious annual Art Trade Shows that take place all over the world that keep the art market in motion and dictate who’s who in todays world of fine art.
Throughout the Eleven years of it’s existence, Art Basel Miami
has been mocked time and time again for selling ridiculously simple minimalist art at insane price points. Such as the wad of clothing pictured below, which sold at a mind blowing $3,500!
Rosa by Adriano Costa, Sadie Coles Gallery, Photo Courtesy of Emily Levy of Vocativ.com
But every year in December, Art Basel Miami brings together approximately 75,000 artists, collectors, gallerists, curators and art enthusiasts for a weekend of sensory overload which includes cheese sculptures
, interactive psychedelic video game installations
and nomadic art happenings such as Doug Aitkin’s
artsy road trip, “Station to Station.”
Station to Station
is a road trip from New York to San Francisco jam packed with talents of all kinds from artists, musicians, dancers, writers and thinkers. According to Aitkin, all of these individuals are on this journey to answer the questions, “Who are we? Where are we going? And, at this moment, how can we express ourselves?” The trip has 10 stops throughout the country and each stop features a site specific art happening ranging from art, music, literary, culinary to film. This is just one of many highly inspirational and cutting edge artistic demonstrations at Art Basel.
Doug Aitkin’s Train: Station to Station
No matter what time of year it is, there is sure to be an Art Trade Show taking place somewhere in the world. After Art Basel hangs up it’s hat for a year, LA Art Show
, Art Palm Beach
, Miami Int’l Art Fair
, Photo LA
are soon to follow all taking place in January 2014. Presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), the LA Art Show will feature more than a hundred international exhibitors, lecture series, film screenings, special events program, live performance art, book signings and special exhibit spaces.
One of the main curations this year is presented by Red Truck Gallery
, titled, Littletopia
, which claims to be the antithesis of the pretentious minimalism in which we were discussing earlier with Art Basel Miami. Littletopia
will be presenting eclectic works that combine a wicked sense of humor and an unflinching eye for detail. One of the representatives of this genre of work is Scott Hove
, which created the artwork below titled, Chocolate Beast, expressing how “all beautiful things are equipped with a defense mechanism, to protect against the predations of those who seek to possess. The mechanizations of the predator also have a terrifying elegance. The two working together tell a very old story, and are the basis of many archetypes.”
Chocolate Beast © Scott Hove
The LA Art Show dates coincide with the Photo LA dates and there is a shuttle that can take you between the two events. Photo LA has similar programming including lecture series’ on anything from Photo Book Publishing, Reproduction Practices, Art Collecting and the phenomenon of the “Selfie Portrait.”
They also have technical seminars to teach artists about Color Management, Photoshop and Lightroom, Printing and iPhoneography.
Photo LA even has an Emerging Focus Photography Competition
which allows 20 emerging photographers to become exhibitors at Photo LA. This year some of the finalists were: Walt Jones
, Robby Cavanaugh
and Kevin Krupitzer
. “Emerging Focus exists to provide a rare outlet into a field in which up and coming artists usually have a quite a difficult time making a name for themselves. It provides a real life opportunity to photographers looking to advance their careers and/or evolve their skill set, and at the same time, an opportunity to show their work to the large-scale fine art and commercial photography communities.” Says Emerging Focus
Take A 3D Tour of Scope NY!
March brings another round of world class Art Trade Shows like: Scope NY
, The Armory Show
, Art Dubai
, SPE Baltimore
, and Volta NY
. SPE Baltimore
facilitates Student and Professional Portfolio Reviews
which provide a platform for all artists to present their body of work to leading experts in the field of photography, art and media, and receive valuable feedback and guidance at no extra cost. This is a really intelligent way to gift yourself a conversation with an art curator or photo editor in which you can ask to keep in contact with to update them on what you are currently up to. This is how gallerist, Brian Paul Clamp of ClampArt Gallery
in NY met Amy Stein
, who is now represented by his gallery, here is an article by thefstopmag.com
about their meeting.
As you can see, there are many advantages to attending these events and there is no excuse not to since they span the globe and take place all year round, so get up and immerse yourself in the arts!