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SetUp Contemporary Art Fair in Bologna

For its fifth edition, the SetUp Contemporary Art Fair will be opening its doors from 27 to 29 January 2017 in Bologna, Italy. This year, the theme tackled by its different exhibitors will be Equilibrium, which indeed is the very essence of this artistic event. The fair’s organisers — headed up by Alice Zannoni and Simona Gavioli — refer to their desire to “rethink the art establishment” by promoting interaction between the three key players in contemporary art: artists, exhibition curators and gallerists. The contemporary-art fair is open to galleries, but also cultural associations, institutions specialising in the visual arts, and foundations. Prospective participants are invited to apply by providing a curatorial project with at least 35 artists, accompanied by a critical text written by a curator. Every year, talks, round tables, editorial presentations and performances are organised to present the latest innovations in contemporary art. The project’s founders wish to demonstrate that a new model for a healthy cultural economy is possible. Exhibitors at the 2017 edition will be unveiled on 19...

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Shanghai: fourth edition of ART021

The Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, better known as ART021, is on from 10 to 13 November. This young fair is continuing to develop and attract new internationally renowned galleries every year. As a satellite fair of the 18th edition of China Shanghai International Arts Festival, taking place from 12 to 15 November, ART021 intends to offer a new venue for meetings between artists, galleries and institutions from all over the world. This year, 28 out of the 84 galleries present are exhibiting for the first time in the fair’s spaces. They include Greene Naftali from New York, one of the oldest galleries in the Chelsea district, which represents artists including Tracy Emin and Chris Ofili. Hauser & Wirth from Zurich is also on the list of exhibitors; the Swiss gallery is reputed for representing both emerging and established artists such as Paul McCarthy, Mark Bradfort and Pipilotti...

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Artissima, an observatory on new trends

The international fair Artissima, held in Turin from 3 to 6 November, combined contemporary art with (re)discoveries. Considered an observatory on new trends in the artistic world, the fair, held at The Oval, welcomed some of the great figures in art, for example Bernard Blistène and Christine Macel, director of the 2017 Venice Biennale. Between contemporary art and rediscovery of forgotten artists, the fair was a resounding success. Sarah Cosulich, the event’s director, introduced the section Back to the Future, dedicated to the 1970s-1980s. Here, it was possible to see galleries showing artists whose works have come back in fashion, such as gallery Air de Paris’s solo show for Belgian conceptual artist Jef...

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Positive results for the Paris art week 2016

At a time when London’s Frieze art fair has reaped mixed results, the FIAC 2016 in Paris can boast of growth. Apart from the galleries represented under the nave of the Grand Palais, Paris bustled with alternative events, museum exhibitions and also gallery exhibitions. Visitor numbers at the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain were healthy — “with a 0.5 % rise in visitor rates, which is an exploit”, as Jennifer Flay, artistic director of the FIAC, pointed out to the magazine Le Figaro¬ — despite a drop in US visitor numbers. But while the latter steered clear of Paris, European visitors made up for their drop, with an increase in VIP numbers of nearly 9 %. The 2016 programme kept reeling them in, whether collectors, art lovers or families. Avenue Winston Churchill, sectioned off for pedestrians only during the event, delighted visitors who were able to walk between the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, admiring works painted directly on the ground by Jacques Villeglé or Lawrence Weiner, before immersing themselves in an entirely different universe. While the Grand Palais welcomed the biggest galleries (namely Galerie 1900-2000 which sold around thirty works, including one at $500,000) and a new feature, the Salon Jean Perrin hosting stands showing historic artists, the Petit Palais’ On Site section overflowed with monumental works inserted amongst the museum’s permanent collections. Paris veritably sparkled with its many alternative fairs and events in the past week. The Outsider Art Brut fair fetched pleasing results despite the visible lack of American collectors, thanks to the works by historic artists such as Henri Darger — shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2015 — presented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery from New York, or Janko Domsic — a Croatian art brut artist — presented...

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Pioneer Works: the first fair for art schools

Pioneer Works, in Brooklyn, New York, is organising the first edition of the Alternative Art School Fair, from 18 to 20 November on the foundation’s premises. The fair aims to present 50 experimental art schools from eleven countries — and at no charge, unlike the case at other fairs. To participate, schools need to present artists offering works that use new techniques to create so-called “hybrid” art. Stands will be set up to be interactive, and will be designed by the various...

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