Comments on: The business of art fairs A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Machev Tue, 08 May 2012 18:29:24 +0000 I’m a little confused with your example of the Starn Brothers — I know they have a West Coast gallery, Steven Wirtz ( me.html). I don’t think Wirtz has had much of their recent work; I’ve only seen “Attracted To Light” there. And it may be that they are using galleries strategically, without a single one being their prime / sole representative. This seems a lot more common in photography, where there editions are the norm.

By: mfw13 Mon, 07 May 2012 21:39:37 +0000 Tell that snobby gallerist that today’s “lookie-loos” are tomorrows buyers…not everyone is filthy rich and has $$$ to throw around, but we still like art.

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By: AngryInCali Mon, 07 May 2012 12:50:33 +0000 Nitpick: There is public transportation to Randall’s: the M35 bus. Also, pedestrian bridges.

Is the issue with disintermediation the need for gatekeepers? Too many artists, too many critics. Galleries offer a first pass of acceptability. On the higher end, the middleman is part of what you are buying. It’s the same reason Chanel handbags for which there are waiting lists in NY are easily available at their stores in Asia. Presumably, anyone who can afford a high-4 or 5 digit handbag can send someone on a $1500 plane ride, but the waiting list persists.

Frieze was quite empty on Friday. It was actually pleasant to walk around, and stopping and talking wasn’t a problem with crowd flow. And the food was not priced for a captive audience! Definitely better than non-VIP days at ABMB, Armory, or Art HK.

By: dreemeeter Mon, 07 May 2012 08:19:53 +0000 Artists are one of the few entrepreneurs that give you a show absolutely free. You’re welcome :)

By: schach Mon, 07 May 2012 08:13:33 +0000 as usual fascinating. but you left out hirst who was damaged by selling his own crap directly to end users. they have such a fair in london for which i was a juror, “the other fair”, and i think its a great platform to find art and artists. what bugs me with frieze is the rhetoric of righteousness of democratisation when in fact its rather about narrowing.