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ART FAIRS: EITHER GOING LOCAL OR BECOMING IRRELEVANT

2020 was a horrible year for almost everybody (maybe not Jeff Bezos) but for Art Fairs it was especially bad. Some experts think the travel industry might not fully return until 2025. Art Fairs are desperately trying to rethink what is possible, not only in the coming months, but how the industry is changing.

Galleries from Mexico City who are participating in this years’ Art Basel Miami OVR, have banded together to make an exhibition Art Basel Mexico City in their hometown. The exhibition in the Casa Versailles is organised by Kurimanzutto and includes Curro, House of Gaga, Agustina Ferreyra, Nordenhake, MAIA Contemporary, Proyectos Monclova, Galeria OMR and Travesia cuatro. This is not the first variation of this idea, earlier this September there was Art Basel in Berlin (featuring Berlin galleries) and now there is several Art Cologne’s in Cologne and Munich. Also several Japanese galleries are banding together to present NADA Tokyo instead of NADA Miami (which is only online this year).

The most interesting variation of this model was CHART Art Fair which in August decided to organise the fair in several cities simultaneously instead of creating on online fair. DE-CENTERED was presented in the galleries’ own spaces in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavík and Stockholm, and exhibited works only by women artists.

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New dates: Art Basel HK & frieze Los Angeles…

Frieze has announced that its successful LA fair now in its 3rd year, will jump from February to the week of July 26, 2021, promising events throughout the city and another Frieze Viewing Room :/ frieze had previously announced that its Frieze New York (May 5—9 ) would be downsized to only 60 exhibitors.

Art Basel Hong Kong has announced it will postpone its planned March event to May.  Throwing the international fair circuit off-balance… again. The Hong Kong show will now take place from May 21  23, with a VIP preview on May 1920. The decision appears questionable as pushing back the fair only two months will not change most collectors & galleries minds as to whether a long international flight is warranted or not? 

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AMSTERDAM ART announces that Nina Folkersma will become the new director of Amsterdam Art starting from 1 February 2021. The arrival of Folkersma coincides with a new set-up of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, which will be organized in the spring as of 2021. Folkersma was a curator at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent (Belgium) in 2006-2009 and has been active as an Independent Curator in The Netherlands.

 

also, Amsterdam Art will launch a new Gallery Weekend to support the local dutch gallery scene on November 25-29, 2020, local galleries remain open and need ‘old fashioned’ foot traffic from locals to support the local gallery ecology. 

FOCUS: BUENOS AIRES / November 23 — 29, 2020 

arteBA and Meridiano announce Panorama -Semana de Galerias de Arte en Argentina (Argentine Art Week) from 23-29 November. This event replaces the previous organization’s Art Weekend Buenos Aires and focuses on the 7 regions of Argentina instead of only the capital city Buenos Aires. 

Participating galleries will be announced soon…

Jack Shainman / The School, (Upstate, NY)

Jack Shainman / The School is a 30,000-square-foot (project space) in a former high school in Kinderhook, NY. It was founded in 2013 with the mission of presenting ambitious, large-scale exhibitions that shed new light on artists working both within and outside of Jack Shainman Gallery’s program. 

The piece “Truth be told” which now is fixed upon the facade, by Shainman gallery artist Nick Cave, is running into some problems with local zoning ordinances. The initial debate with the city is less about the content of the work but whether the artwork is a sign or not?  

FOCUS: TORINO 

With the ongoing craziness we call 2020, Artissima which was scheduled to open Nov 3rd, quickly had to adapt to recent governmental restrictions concerning new Covid outbreaks in Italy changing Artisimma by announcing the XYZ online version of the fair. 

Structured similar to its standard fair model, galleries are divided into focus groups Present Future (Contemporary), Back to the Future (Historical), and Designi (drawings).

Present Future includes Llano (Mexico City), T293 (Rome), Night Gallery (LA), Projectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala), Peres Projects (Berlin), Se Galeria (Sao Paulo), The Third Line (Dubai), and Madragoa (Lisbon)…

Belgian Conceptual artist- Guillaume Bijl (Composition Trouvee) from 1989 is presented by Hubert Winter (Vienna) in the Back to the Future section at XYZ.

WEEKENDS

Lisbon Art Weekend opening November 13 — 15, 2020 

Lisbon Art Weekend is a non-profit organisation that aims to contribute to the strengthening and fluidity of the contemporary art scene in Lisbon through the promotion of diverse art spaces such as galleries, artist-run spaces, private art collections, museums, and public projects dedicated to the arts. LAW’s 2nd annual weekend invites art lovers from Portugal and around the world to visit Lisbon and its contemporary art scene.

recommendations include:

<left: Ana Jotta at Galeria Miguel Nabinho

right> Adrien Missika at Francisco Fino

Zig Zag, Dan Graham’s Rooftop Pavilion by Galeria Filomena Soares

Gallery Weekend Santiago opening November 12 — 21, 2020 

This year GWSantiago is 

participating galleries include:

currently on view during Gallery Weekend Santiago is “Afterall” a solo exhibition from Nicolás Franco at Isabel Aninat Galeria (Santiago)

Brussels Gallery Weekend opening September 3 — 6, 2020 historically kicks off a full month of European weekends and fairs. The Brussels gallery scene has always been a little under the radar in terms of international media, but insiders know that Brussels shouldn’t be ignored. 

Check out our selected shows to see from CLEARING, Jan Mot, DVIR GalleryLa Maison de Rendezvous (coming soon to issue N°1 PDF)

Normally, Zurich Art Weekend is in June and timed as a preview for international visitors to Art Basel and its satellite fairs and exhibitions. This years ZAW has been moved to September 11 — 13, to give local galleries and museums and chance to present its fall schedule to a mostly Swiss audience. Regardless of the time of year, Zurich is packed with excellent gallery exhibitions and institutions including Kunsthalle Zurich, Migros Museum and Haus Konstuktiv. 

Madrid Gallery Weekend organised by Arte Madrid (Gallery Association). APERTURA 2020 will take place between September 10 — 13, 2020. Among these days, the spectators may be able to come closer to contemporary art thanks to special programs, guided tours to private collections, major institutions, parties or special actions in the galleries.

link to APERTURA >

The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend took place on September 10 — 12, 2020. Though not known as a large contemporary art scene- The Hague does have several contemporary galleries including Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Maurits van de Laar, Ramakers, Livingstone and supported by interesting non-profits such as 1646, NEST, and the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

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