The VIP Art Fair
January 22nd – 30th. See ‘A Very Private View’, posted on January 22nd, 2011
Unlike at a certain gallery in Dresden, which was so crowded that Dostoyesky leapt up on to an attendant’s chair – much to the embarrassment of his wife and to the anger of the attendant on his return – to get a look at a particular painting he was interested in getting a good look at, there was no crowd at The VIP Art Fair, or perhaps only an invisiblel one, and I missed physically going the private view and the customary offer of a glass of wine.
Despite all the tremendous efforts of the VIP Art Fair organisers: their assiduous attention to other details; the daily bulletins; the walk and talk interviews with international art collectors describing their purchases and the reasons behind them; the very well-designed website with its virtual galleries – they even put in little figures to give a sense of scale – which I could scroll through at my own pace, lingering if I wanted to or hurrying by if I wasn’t interested or was pushed for time – I could zoom in on any art piece that caught my eye and bring a detail up to full screen – art online just didn’t do it for me.
Did anyone else attend? What did you think? Please leave a comment