A Day at the Fair

Eavesdropping isn’t the noblest action to fess up to. Though when at an event like Art Basel Miami Beach, where many of the local and international gentry are happy enough to sound in-the-know, and opinions fly from every cardinal direction, I’ll take the risk of stepping into a moral grey area. Just call it a…

Market Day

The Art Market. Three vague words swirling overhead a volatile, borderless tangle of cash-slinging consumers, competitive institutions, and personal interests. We know this murky force to be capable of commanding sums reaching into the hundreds of millions; to be able to speak glibly of its ups and downs is pre-requisite for circulation in certain social strata. But what…

A Fair Start

In 1967, two Cologne-based artists launched the Cologne Art Market. It was the first event where gallerists were invited to set up temporary booths that showcased their artists. The next year an alternative fair was started groups in Basel’s, which unlike the Cologne predecessor, was open to foreign gallerists. With these two events, the concept…