Friday, 25 January 2008

Collecting Art: The Fair Way

If you’re planning on shopping at an art fair, an art correspondant from the Times who goes to the London Art Fair explains how to hunt out the best in show. Read her article: The finest of the fair by A. S. Byatt.

Art fairs are less intimidating than galleries. It is also a chance to see a vast array of different works. Here are some notable quotes from A. S. Byatt’s article:

“An art fair is more like a souk or like Vanity Fair – corridors and levels of booths containing mingled brightness, beauty, oddness and kitsch.”

“Over many years we have revisited the same galleries, but the art fairs still offer the pleasure of looking without being talked to or persuaded.”

“The real joy of an art fair is finding the unexpected.”

Related articles

  • The art of collecting : a news report video by Judith Greer, Frieze veteran and co-author of 'Owning Art', demystifies art collection and suggests how to get the most out of the fair.

  • Samson Spanier, assistant editor of Apollo Magazine, maps out the hazards of the modern art market. Read the article.

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