Art fair season has migrated north. Sydney-based collectors, industry professionals and the art-loving public can discover art from over 70 leading Australian and International and galleries at Sydney Contemporary, on from Thursday, September 13th until Sunday 16th.
Now confirmed as an annual event, the fourth iteration of the Fair will spread across seven large-scale exhibition spaces at Redfern’s Carriageworks, and will encompass the work of artists from over 32 countries. Alongside gallery booths, this year there will be three specially curated sections: Installation Contemporary, Performance Contemporary and Video Contemporary.
‘We’re delighted to announce a strong line-up of galleries for 2018, with a truly international offering of artists from across the globe that includes some of the most exciting names in contemporary art today,’ told Sydney Contemporary Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis.
For the first time Sydney Contemporary will include leading international galleries Pace Gallery (New York, Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Seoul, Palo Alto and Geneva) and Flowers Gallery (London and New York), while other internationals: Sundaram Tagore Gallery (Hong Kong, New York, and Singapore), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore), Gow Langsford Gallery (Auckland), and STARKWHITE (Auckland) will be returning too.
Though the international participation is a big drawcard, we’re also excited about seeing cutting-edge installations and new work from some local names, be they highly-coveted veterans or emerging new talents.
Ben Quilty gets everyone ready for the impending silly season with The Biggest Bottom Feeder, Marc Etherington has us smiling ear-to-ear for his King Ken portrait of Ken Done (Ken was wearing the same striped combo when we visited to capture this film last year!), and Vincent Namatjira showcases Albert and Battarbee, a work depicting his uber-famous grandfather.
Ash Keating is transporting some of his epic canvases interstate, trust us, the scale will blow you away! While another Melbournian, John Young, will be displaying his equality entrancing Spectrumfigures, and investigating his ‘Human-Computer Friendship painting’ in conversation with writer Anna Johnson.
Sally Anderson has turned her paintbrush to the landscapes of Scotland for stunning new works, her fellow New South Welshwoman Zoe Young‘s Lilac Wine has us wanting to laze in springtime sunshine, whilst Christian Thompson takes floral inspiration to new heights with his photographic work Loom Aura 2.
The previous three editions of Sydney Contemporary collectively attracted more than 60,000 visitors and recorded more than $40 million in art sales, which organisers highlight represented the largest short-term concentration of art sales in Australia annually!
Even if you’re not planning on making a purchase, the five-day fair is a peruser’s paradise, and is complemented by a program of talks, performances, events, guided tours and educational workshops. There’s also the Fair Restaurant, art bars, and pop-up cafes from leading Sydney restaurateurs, all making Sydney Contemporary a cultural calendar stand-out. Pencil it in!
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