Month: May 2017

The ART BASEL {Switzerland} Guide

Ahh Art Basel, Switzerland… the King de Ka of art fairs… that old chestnut. Right off the bat I’ll say that it is a bit of a pain in the ass to get to because it has a smallish airport, and everything is obviously in Swiss francs so it’s expensive. But those Swiss sure know how to do things right (I should know, I married one) so should you even bother to go? The answer is yes, yes, and hell yes. Why it’s such a big deal – Dubbed by many the “Olympics of the art world”, the original Art Basel was founded by three local gallerists in 1970 as an alternative to the then leading fair, Art Cologne. Since 1973 it has become the largest and most important fair in the world where more than 300 galleries from 6 continents strut their stuff. It’s also an amazing fair to see rare Modern artworks in the $50 million plus range in person. In the 2012 edition for example, Mark Rothko’s 1954 Untitled was up for …

VENICE Biennale

Buongiorno, Bella Venezia!  Crack your piggy banks and polish your walking shoes people because it’s Biennale year and words can’t even begin to describe how much of a must this is. There’s nothing like it. The Venice Biennale is an institution in itself, an international stage where world events have played out; it’s the most important art exhibition; a nucleus where Art History is constantly taking place and it’s on for 6 months so there is no excuse for missing it. Plus – Italy, summer, risotto frutti di mare and pasta alle vongole, Aperol Spritz – shall I go on? After a series of failed attempts to capture in words the Biennale’s history, it’s importance, meaning and relevance to the world of art in a few sentences, I had to give up. Luckily this fabulous man, Oscar Boyson, didn’t and he made this ultra-fantastic video. 4 full days of your life are needed to absorb the Venice Biennale Stay San Marco, Dorsoduro and Castello are the areas where you want to stay because they are …

A Few Great Reasons Not To Open Your Own Art Gallery

In a perfect world, nothing sounds more desirable and gratifying than to be making a living from selling art. Think about it: you will be surrounded by art all day that will nurture your soul and creativity; you will be supporting these genius creators of art – art being the most intimate form of communication of certain concepts that cannot be described by words alone. You’d be supporting art history itself, contributing your little grain of sand to the history of mankind; you would be traveling to far away places like Istanbul, Hong Kong and Venice on a yearly basis to attend art fairs, exhibitions and biennales where you would interact with like-minded, cultured, curious individuals like yourself who are constantly exchanging ideas. Lastly, you would be enriching people’s lives in turn by selling them incredible, unique artworks whilst making very good money that will allow you to live like a king or queen. Luckily for all of us, dreaming is free as my father would say, and a successful gallery is a dream come true for a few visionaries and lucky ducks. But …