Friday, December 15, 2006

Art Fairs

I've been reading lots of posts recapping the recent Art Basel art fair in Miami.

Joanne Mattera, Edward Winkleman, Robin Walker, and James Wolanin were all there and have interesting and varied takes on the experience.

From their descriptions, it sounds like a very fun but tiring few days - a series of huge trade shows that feature art, art, and more art. Apparently fairs are the big money making events for many galleries.

I'm curious to know if attending an art fair would be beneficial to an artist who doesn't have work in one of the featured galleries? I imagine that it could be a valuable networking experience for an emerging artist. You would get to meet people from many galleries and see the work first hand. You would also get to network with other artists.

I'm just wondering if I should try to go to Miami next year...


Walker said...

go to Miami! You will see what's hot in the art market, and be introduced to the galleries who are actively promoting their artists. That's a good thing. However, don't think that you can do your own marketing there, the gallery owners don't want to talk to new artists, they will be focused on selling, as it should be. You can collect info to contact them later, and use those magic words "I met you at Art Basel". Good luck!

Deanna said...

That's great advice. Thanks!