Alexis M. Johnson
ForYourArt Curates Focused Itineraries for You Around Particular Themes And Interests. Time to make the Fair Decision…
With the opening of three art fairs this weekend, plus the inauguration of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, you’ve got to plan your time well. Here we’ve pulled and broken-down the art fairs this week, so you’ll know which fair is right for you. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas. (more…)
Mexico City: An International Destination for Contemporary Art
Mexico City has become the latest focus of the international art world with many art collectors, curators and aficionados planning trips there later this month for the Zona Maco (Mexico Arte Contemporaneo) Art Fair from April 18-22. (more…)
For many, the inner workings of a museum are often obscured. ForYourArt steps into their offices to talk about what really happens.
Abby Bangser, director of Major Giving Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) since 2009, fell into development unsuspectingly, having interned at Chicago’s David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and The Renaissance Society while in college and then working at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Passionate about fostering the museum’s growth, Bangser facilitates a variety of experiences for LACMA’s patron groups, enhancing donors’ interaction with not only art, but also the institution and Los Angeles’ cultural landscape at large.
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Tips for Successfully Navigating an Art Fair
Stalls filled with artwork can get overwhelming, so come prepared.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
By mapping out where your ‘must-see’ galleries are ahead of time, you’ll already have an idea of all the places you want to hit when you walk in the door. Additionally, glancing at the list of galleries beforehand might even prompt some initial research into galleries you haven’t heard of, like checking out their artist rosters and mission statements. Somehow it’s easier to stumble on new galleries when you have a destination in mind.
TAKE YOUR TIME
This isn’t a race. Make sure you do a complete lap before making any decisions. Compare works you like (you can even get a sense of what’s trending in the market by assessing what galleries are showing). If you find that after you’ve walked away from a particular piece, you just can’t live without it, ask to put it on hold until you have seen the entire fair. Others, you forget about after the next stall.
Ask about the artists. Look at images of their other work. Ask if they have made any books. Galleries love sharing info and anecdotes about who they represent.
CHECK OUT PROGRAMMING
Art fairs also host interesting talks and lectures. Some fairs like Art Platform – Los Angeles offer docent tours with background information on galleries and even specialized topics like tips on collecting. Other fairs feature artists, curators, and art advisors on their panels.
Art Platform – Los Angeles 2011, courtesy of Art Platform
The New York Times’ T Magazine Lays Out the Step-By-Step of Collecting
T Magazine breaks down the process of collecting from how to purchase a work at a gallery and what fairs to attend to the need-to-know of buying at auction and who to call when you need to move, frame, or repair an artwork.