Frieze and the Return of the Megafairs Social reentry, sensory overload, and some very good art at the first big event since … well, you know when.

Leave a comment

Click the link below the picture


How surreal is it that even as India and Brazil are at the gates of pandemic hell, much of Europe is still easing out of lockdown, parts of Canada remain shut down, and many in the United States are not yet vaccinated, a big, glitzy art fair was able to open in New York? Does the return of the fairs signal a return to the old business-as-frenzied-usual that, even pre-pandemic, everyone agreed had become obscene — an art world catering mainly to the ultrarich, performing power and price-fixing in plain view? Is it a sign of mindless addiction, of a market endlessly self-replicating — or is it an affirmation of art as a transformative force, a site of commonality and can-do spirit?

Last week saw the latest iteration of Frieze New York, the hippest of the hundreds of global art fairs that, pre-pandemic, had become some of the most economically risky but necessary components of financial survival on the nonstop money-go-round art-world trading floor. These fairs burned more spiritual and caloric energy than they ever put out. Greater and greater percentages of annual sales took place at these massive convergences, while gallery foot traffic dwindled and actual art shows went nearly unseen; galleries had to participate in fairs or go under. If they threatened to pull out, they risked triggering their artists’ FOMO — and possibly defection for more monied pastures. It was a system no one liked but that no one knew how (or was willing) to stop because it supported thousands of galleries and tens of thousands of artists in sales. Even if many of those galleries and artists were no good, the art-fair system had the power to turn the art-world trickle-down into a gushing market firehose.


Work by artist Otis Houston Jr. at Gordon Robichaux's Frieze booth.Work by Otis Houston Jr. at Gordon Robichaux’s Frieze booth. Photo: Casey Kelbaugh



Click the link below for the article:




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

wealth talk

Welcome to word talk

Jean Carlos Duluc

Medicina al día



Darkling Petrichor

Two steps more to inferno...


It takes insanity to love a mess.

حلم الدرويش

مدونة تهتم بموضوعات متعددة مثل :الأدب والكتابة والتعليم وقضايا إجتماعية وإنسانية

L'HEXA-DOM "Regards sur L'Actu"

Le blog qui fait le buzz pour satisfaire la curiosité des internautes friands de news sans complaisance !

Live it! Korea


True alpha techs

Your's Truly and Trusted

The Hype Theory


Sanatan Satya सनातन सत्य

Reality, Sanatan Sahitya, Incredible, Love, and more ......


Rutinlerden ibaret olan hayattaki tek özgürlüğümüz kendi rutinimizi seçme yetimizdir.

Phenomenology and Poetry

An approach to bring actuality among masses


Valuing quiet and solitude in academe.


Our opinions don't stink!


An Online Design Making Site


A perfect zone with some imperfections in itself :)

Official Shop Mart Online Shopping In Pakistan

Free Home DElivery All Over Pakistan

The Literature Soul


Dewisant's Blog

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever


Enjoyable Information. Focused or Not.


Unveiling the Wonders of Mechatronics


game, video game, game accessories, game items

Free Fonts

Fonts Download

Balladeer's Blog

Singing the praises of things that slip through the cultural cracks

Politically Poetic

Poetry, Opinion, Politics


Life, love and alienation along the way...

Best regards from far,

Travel inspirators: eclectic content, in-depth articles, inspiring photos.

Texture of Parlance

Let your mind roam free in the luminous forest of the educators' writings

That's what she said by Palak

Seeking and Spreading Love

Wild Night In

Avid reader, language nerd, and fire spinner. No plans to combine the 3 yet...


Alla ricerca del bello

Life Hub

Short articles to bring inspiration to people.



%d bloggers like this: