Exploring Frame, Art Basel’s newest satellite fair

Art Basel is the behemoth of the art world, with 290 galleries exhibiting 4,000 artists. Can satellite fairs benefit from the influx of collectors, channelling a different value proposition? Of the seven 2018 satellite events, some specialize in a topic (books, photography) and other seek to offer a whole new experience for collectors: such is the ambition of newcomer Frame. Defined as a collective art space, the fair relies on the collaboration of thirteen international galleries, pooling resources and expertise to offer an event catering to their business needs – and for the benefit of curious collectors. “We are currently witnessing the end of an era” advocates Bertrand Scholler, French gallerist and co-founder of Frame. “Big fairs spend most of their resources selling ever more expensive space to galleries instead of focusing on content and quality. At the same time, fairs are like drugs to galleries: they need them, even though they are destroying them. Satellite fairs are barely scrapping by, and often inconsistent.” Frame is looking to reverse the trend, one city at a time. Instead of addressing all sectors, it focuses on young galleries showing emerging artists. Frame is hardly alone in this segment however, as at least three satellite salons (Liste, Volta and Scope) make similar claims. Frame bets on several strategic choices to stand out. The 800 m2 of the fair are located in Basel Art Center, where all exhibitors will occupy similar booths, giving collectors breathing space. This “less is more” philosophy is translated in the VIP events program and solo shows offered by the organizers. Will this complementary experience attract visitors and locals? This first edition will...

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The art of framing: meeting with Capucine Montanari, head of the Amadéo Montanari Gallery

Capucine Montanari is the head of the Amadéo Montanari Gallery, a gallery specialised in ancient frames. Art Media Agency had the pleasure of meeting her on occasion of Paris Tableau 2012, where she exhibited some of her frames and agreed to answer our questions. Art Media Agency (AMA): Could you present your gallery, the Amadéo Montanari Gallery? Capucine Montanari (CM): I took over the gallery after my father’s death in 2007. It is located near Place Beauvau, next to the most famous Parisian galleries and Sotheby’s. I now work with a team of experts, including two “Meilleurs ouvriers de France” (Best Craftsmen of France). The Amadéo Montanari Gallery – named after my father – specialises in French, Italian and Dutch ancient frames. We own over 800 frames, from the 15th, 16th and 17th century, until the 20th century. More recently we have also acquired some Art Nouveau frames. The Amadéo Montanari Gallery is involved in various fairs each year: Paris Tableau and Brafa and until 2006 we took part in Maastricht Fair. AMA: How do you acquire the frames you exhibit at the gallery? CM: We acquire most of our frames from individuals; some, on the other hand, are purchased in auction houses. It is a real research work, which requires strictness and patience. I travel to Italy, notably, in order to discover some of the frames. AMA: What service do you offer? CM: We are most attentive to the products we use, in order not to damage the artworks. We offer, for instance, anti-reflective and anti UV glasses. We are trying not to alter or transform the frames in our possession, but when necessary we undertake the restoration ourselves. It is also possible to cut some frames, in order to adapt them to the canvas’ size. However, it...

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