Spring art fairs 2014
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Maastricht
March 14th – 25th
One of the biggest art fairs in the world, TEFAF has been delivering one groundbreaking show after another for over 25 years and it is testament to this consistent delivery of quality that positions this expo as a leader.
This year is set to be another interesting and captivating show, a “commitment to excellence” as the organisers themselves have described it.
Indicative of this pledge, 2014 will see TEFAF host a magnificent loan exhibition of around 35 drawings from the National Graphic Arts Collection, Munich, which is one of the leading collections of drawings and print in the world.
The Art Symposium also returns. Now in its third edition, this year’s focus is on design (it is entitled Addicted to vintage: trends in 20th century design).
Finally, the exhibition will, as is customary, mark the launch of TEFAF’s latest art market report, which will concentrate largely on the US, still the most dominant player in art.
“It will analyse the key strengths in the market, both from the point of view of the art trade and collectors, as well as the main threats and potential weaknesses it is currently facing,” the organisers state on their website.
Art Paris Art Fair
March 27th – April 30th
This year’s edition will see a total of 114 international galleries take part in one of the most fascinating and rich art shows in Europe, if not the world.
Following in the footsteps of Russia, this year sees China declared the fair’s guest of honour, a selection that alludes to the growing importance of the country both critically and commercially.
Last year was another success story, with a massive 53,257 visitors marvelling at the splendour that was on show throughout the expo. On the opening night alone, 13,847 people passed through the gates.
The selection committee this year includes Ernst Hilger from Hilger contemporary & Galerie Ernst Hilger Catherine Issert from Galerie Catherine Issert, Diane Lahumière, Galerie Lahumière, Priska Pasquer from Priska Pasquer Gallery, Barbara Polla from Galerie Analix Forever and Bernard Zürcher from Galerie Zürcher.
New to 2014 is Promises, a section dedicated entirely to new galleries (less than five years old and new to the expo), opening up their work and their artists to new audiences. Participants this year include Leonardo Agosti (Sète), Backslash (Paris), Edward Cutler (Milan), Galerie De Roussan (Paris), and Xpo Gallery (Paris).
April 10th – 13th
The world’s oldest art fair, Art Cologne’s 48th edition will be home to over 20 international galleries. Since 1967, it has been delivering interesting presentations on post-war and modern art, and has an influential impact on the market.
Building on the successes of 2013 – which saw of 55,000 people attend – this year marks the launch of COLLABORATIONS, which is rather self-explanatory: it is about galleries working together to develop knowledge and better practice.
“The aim of the COLLABORATIONS section is to point out new artistic parallels and to spark interaction – for example between an emerging gallery and an established gallery, or between different artistic trends, styles and approaches, across national borders,” the organisers state on the official website.
New exhibitors taking part this year include A Arte Studio Invernizzi (Milan); Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin); Greta Meert (Brussels);Victoria Miro (London); Carolina Nitsch (New York); Osage (Hong Kong); Esther Schipper (Berlin); and Susanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles).
As can be expected, there will be plenty of interesting works of art on show, with plenty of interest from collectors and investors keen on finding old gems and the latest success stories.
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