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Stop it and buy one

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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

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Very Important Private View

Friday, January 14th, 2011


VIP Art Fair

January 22nd – 30th

Being on Sotheby’s mailing list is useful. I often pop into the auction house just for the chance of seeing something amazing that after its brief public appearance will promptly disappear, once more, into the private collection of whichever buyer – often anonymous – makes the final bid.

I’m on the mailing list of a couple of other galleries too. The other day, one of these, Timothy Taylor Gallery, emailed me a complimentary pass – with the same sort of proportions and curved corners as those of a credit card – to something called the VIP Art Fair, which lasts for a week and is exclusively online. I’m keeping an open mind but for me, it’s important to experience a piece of art in the flesh to be able to tell whether it moves me, or not – for similar reasons, I’ve never bought anything on ebay. Even with something like a flat colour screen print, it’s the effect of it at actual size that gives it allure. I suppose video art may be an exception but even then I like to view it within a gallery context. Online art, though, by definition is produced specifically to be viewed online and not to exist in any other format, so that might work.

My pass has a rather sombre black background. I can’t help wondering whether richer invitees, according to their degree of status, have been sent gold or even platinum versions.

It would interesting to hear what you think. Please leave a comment

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