Art Sydney 08 Art Fair Report – artmarketblog.com
A few weeks ago I attended the Art Sydney 08 Art Fair (http://www.artsydney08.com.au) which is Sydney’s largest annual art fair and is produced by Single Market Events who produced the event in association with International Concert Attractions (ICA) and the Affordable Art Fairs which take place annually in London and New York. Previous Art Sydney fairs have been rather impressive with plenty of quality work on show however this year Art Sydney 08 had to compete with the biennial Melbourne Art Fair (http://www.artfair.com.au) which is the leading art fair and public exposition in the Asia Pacific region and one of Australia’s most significant exhibitions of contemporary visual art. The art market in Australia is quite small which means that most galleries could not justify attending both fairs so with the Melbourne Art Fair being a far more prestigious event most of the major galleries chose to give Art Sydney 08 a miss. Unfortunately this left Art Sydney 08 with plenty of available exhibition spaces which were filled with tacky galleries showing works of decorative art that resembled the mass produced objects available from stores such as Target and Ikea. Luckily a few trendy galleries showing emerging contemporary artists such as Chalk Horse Gallery (http://www.chalkhorse.com.au/) and Horus and Deloris Contemporary Art Space (http://www.horusanddeloris.com.au/) were in attendance which gave some credibility to the fair.
With the Melbourne Art Fair about to become annual Art Sydney 08 will have to up the ante significantly if they are going to be able to compete which I hope they will because the fair has the potential to be a really significant event.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.