Last week's ARTISSIMA art fair brought together 172 international galleries—11 more than last year—for business in Turin. Sunny skies and mild temperatures prevented a repeat of last year's washout.
The fair, founded in 1993, is better known for its conceptual bent and innovative booths than its market share. A new director, Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, focused on collector and dealer outreach to boost sales without compromising quality.
"It's the first time I have been invited," Belgian collector Frederic de Goldschmidt told A.i.A. London-based collector Jean-Conrad Lemaître told said this was "the first time in many years that we return to ARTISSIMA." Read More
Brussels' Fotofever was founded last year as a satellite event running at the same time as the well-established Paris Photo fair. This year the fair took place last week, in advance of November's Paris Photo.
Director Cécile Schall has plans for expansion. "It's not a pop-up fair. We plan to expand also to Asia and U.S.," she told A.i.A. With 60 participating international galleries, the fair took place in a renovated warehouse belonging to the Belgian royal family of Thurn and Taxis on the Brussels-Charleroi canal.
Parties and gallery openings abounded in the run-up to this year's abc, the exhibition-like fair that takes place annually under the umbrella of Berlin Art Week. With 129 galleries paying just over $4,500 per artist presentation, this abc installment (Sept. 13–16) boasted three halls under one roof (Station Berlin, in the Kreuzberg neighborhood) tallying roughly 20,000 square feet.
There were no curatorial restrictions—last year the paintings were selected by curator Rita Kersting, while the year before the focus was on moving images—which was a welcome change for galleries like Kicken Berlin, which brought a first-rate selection of photographs by Götz Diergarten, Jitka Hanzlová and Hans-Christian Schink.
Timed to attract collectors concluding their summer holidays in the Cote d'Azur, the sixth edition of Art-O-Rama kicked off in Marseilles last Friday. Open through Sept. 16, the small art fair focusing on emerging galleries turns into a partially compartmentalized exhibition after the first weekend, as dealers return to their galleries in time for the start of the season.
A selection committee that includes collectors, dealers, curators and artists invited the fair's 20 participating galleries from 10 countries. With seven galleries more than last year's edition, the fair has reached its "optimal size," Jérôme Pantalacci, the fair's cofounder and director, told A.i.A.
Two slide carousels, 80 slides each, approx. 9-minute loop. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.