Thursday, November 14, 2013

Affordable Art Fair
Second Edition In Seattle

As a visitor to the second edition of the Affordable Art Fair, I'd call it a success. It looked good and it was filled with wonderful, affordable and interesting works of art for sale. In addition, I saw lots artwork headed out the door, and more than a few happy art dealers. The fair organizers, say they'll be back in Seattle next November. Unfortunately, it's the only art fair for the Northwest art market.

The first Affordable Art Fair was in London in 1999, with a mission of making the process of buying artwork welcome and engaging. The Seattle fair continued the spirit of Will Ramsey the original founder of AAF. The galleries and art dealers at this fair were very approachable. New to the art scene this year, and a major sponsor is You'll here more about them, as the worlds largest online retailers becomes successful in selling art.

Artworks on display from
Foster White Gallery - Seattle

Artwork by Katie Metz
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art - Seattle

Artwork by Gala Bent (left) and Thuy-Van Vu (top right)
G. Gibson Gallery - Seattle

Artwork by Tyson Grumm
Patricia Rovzar Gallery - Seattle

Artwork by Dante Brebner
Place Contemporary - Seattle

Artwork by Camomile Hixon (left), Matthew Carden (right)
Maison 24 - New York

Artwork by Ivan Ortiz (top left), Mario Angel (lower left),
Solomon Khammi (lower right)
Spence Gallery - Toronto

Artwork by Margaret Withers (bottom) and Jason Snyder (right)
C. Emerson Fine Art - St. Petersburg, FL


Seattle was well represented by twelve galleries, including Gallery IMA, Linda Hodges, ArtXchange Gallery, Wallspace, Blindfold and James Harris, plus the galleries pictured above. Next year, hopefully more Seattle galleries will be showing in the fair. Three other Washington state galleries participated. Fifteen galleries came from around the United States and twenty were International; Canada 4, England 5, South Korea 4, Australia 2, and one each from Brazil, Italy, Chile, France, Japan, and Spain.

Loved the artwork of Tyson Grumm, from Patricia Rovar Gallery. Also, Dante Brebner's miniscule worlds in wooden boxes, at Place Contemporary. And, Erik Hall's paintings at Hall Spassov Gallery, from Bellevue, Washington.

Affordable Art Fair Seattle website

For information on the upcoming Miami and Miami Beach Art Fairs

Dan Fear for

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach
A Truly International Art Fair

Without a doubt Art Basel Miami Beach is truly an International Art Fair. It's one of the largest art fairs in the world and one of the most prestigious. You'll find them located at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The fair opens with a VIP Private Preview and Vernissage on December 4th and continues through Sunday, December 8th, 2013.

Last year fifty thousand visitors attended, and they came from around the world. This year 258 art galleries will be showing artworks. Here's a breakdown on what countries the art galleries are from: Argentina 2, Austria 4, Belgium 5, Brazil 14, Canada 1, China 2, Columbia 2, Denmark 4, England 23, France 19, Greece 2, India 2, Italy 10, Japan 2, Mexico 4, Norway 1, Peru 2, Poland 1, Scotland 1, Singapore 1, South Africa 1, South Korea 2, Spain 9, Sweden 1, Switzerland 7, Turkey 1, Uruguay 1, United States 101.

Art Basel Miami Beach is comprised of several art sectors, and each has its own selection process for selection of participants. Visit the ABMB website to learn more about each sector. The galleries exhibiting will be showing masters of Modern art and contemporary art, as well as pieces by newly emerging stars.

Below are a few images to wet your art appetite.

Alfonso Ossorio, Mononucleosis, 1952
Courtesy of the gallery
Elliott Hundley, Lost Magic, 2013
Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Gay Block, Untitled (Taxi) South Beach, Miami
Courtesy Gay Block and Howard Greenberg
Tony Oursler, Aitia, 2013
Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Romare Bearden, Jazz Village, 1967
Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune fille en bleu
Hammer Galleries, New York
Courtesy of the gallery
Juan Genoves, Multicorros, 2013
Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Tracey Emin, I Whisper to My Past Do I Have Another Choice, 2013
Lehmann Maupin, New York
Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Leonora Carrington, The Lodging House, 1949
Courtesy of the gallery

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 44 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover EVENTS featuring music, film, architecture and design.

For additional information visit the ABMB website

For information on all of the Miami and Miami Beach Art Fairs

Dan Fear for