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On the fingers of one hand – Jane Cohan of the VIP Art Fair tells us, “It’s very, very, very exciting!”

The brains behind the VIP Art Fair – from left, Jonas and Alessandra Almgren, and Jane and Jim Cohan.

Most of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with art fairs. One of the worst things about them is the travel: Basel is a lovely little town in Switzerland, for example. But to […]

“Everybody is very excited!” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Katelijne de Backer.

Katelijne de Backer

This Wednesday, March 3, sees the opening of the twelfth edition of the Armory Show, the biggest yet, with almost 300 galleries exhibiting. Of course the Armory Show’s arrival in New York City each spring is not simply about one of the world’s most important art fairs. There is the palpable […]

Personal recommendations: the Affordable Art Fair

Cornelia Hediger, "02.15.08" (2008)

I had quipped to friends before attending this year’s New York Affordable Art Fair that I doubted whether I would find anything that was coincidentally affordable and desirable. I am big enough to admit that I was wrong.

In its new accommodation at 7 […]

Personal recommendations: the AIPAD Photography Show

Lottie Davies, "The Red Devil" (2008), $5,000

You don’t go to the AIPAD photography fair for surprises, usually. The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, currently celebrating its 3oth anniversary, is a membership organization that represents most of the blue-chippers in this particular branch of the art dealers’ world. […]

Armory Week in review: Robert Ayers’s scorecard

Felipe Jesus Consalvos,"Fictional Aspects of a Fact" (c.1920-50)

I managed to set some kind of world record last March when I covered all eleven of the Armory Week fairs for ARTINFO. This time around things are rather more manageable, as only seven fairs have managed to […]

Personal recommendations: Bridge and PooL

Bridge New York was one of last year’s big surprises. As I had only known it as a Miami hotel fair, it was real treat to find it entirely transformed in the Waterfront tunnel that runs between 11th and 12th Avenues in distant Chelsea. This time around there’s not that same sense of discovery, […]

On the fingers of one hand: SCOPE supremo Alexis Hubshman tells us it’s “no longer the eye-candy trophy scenario!”

Alexis Hubshman

The almost over-energetic Alexis Hubshman is director of SCOPE, the fair that won’t sit still. One day he’s talking about new SCOPEs in Madrid or Dubai, the next he’ll tell you about the SCOPE Foundation and its commissioning program, or the new cinema series, or whatever next new […]

Personal recommendations: the pick of PULSE

Chris Jordan, "Lightbulbs" (2009), $25,000

For the second year running PULSE have come up with a quite splendid fair on Pier 40. Thought-provoking, entertaining, wide-ranging, and even surprising, these are all words that I would happily apply to the art down there, and […]

Personal recommendations: SCOPE New York

Jeremy Lawson, "As Far As I Can Tell" (2008), $15,000

While most people with an invitation or a press card headed for Armory Show’s west side piers today, I did my slightly eccentric thing by checking out the SCOPE tent at the back of Lincoln […]

On the fingers of one hand: Pool’s Thierry Alet reminds us that “there is no recession for independent artists.”

Thierry Alet

There is virtue in brevity, as my friends at ARTINFO are constantly reminding me, and I have particular respect for Jacquelyn Lewis and her principal of narrowing things down to manageable groups of five. I have shamelessly pinched the idea behind her blog Finding […]