20 January, 2011

The Duchess Anticipates . . .

VIP Art Fair
The VIP ("Viewing in Private") Art Fair opens on Saturday, and it promises to be revolutionary.  Unlike traditional art fairs (including photoLA, or the Los Angeles Art Fair (on now), or any of the Basels), the VIP Art Fair will take place exclusively on-line.  Not only will this e-move cut costs for both sellers and buyers, it will generate a new kind of energy and awareness in the emerging and established art worlds. 

Over 130 galleries will participate in VIP Art Fair, including founding galleries David Zwirner (New York) (now exhibiting the photography of Christopher Williams -- remember his amazing Artforum cover?  The Duchess does.),

(Miko Smiling), Vancouver, B.C., April 6, 2005 (2005)
Christopher Wiliams

 Hauser & Wirth (Zurich), featuring Mary Heilmann,

Spider's Stratagem (1995)
Mary Heilmann

and other big names like White Cube (London) and Gagosian (everywhere).  Of course there are also newer galleries exhibiting.  Browsing at the VIP Art Fair is free, though visitors must pay for access to instant-messaging, for price lists, and to enter dealers' private rooms.  Artists will be divided into categories based on their level of establishment (Damien Hirst, for example, would be segregated from an up-and-coming artist), allowing for more focused viewing.   

Your Dog (2003), Yoshitomo Nara
Marianne Boesky Gallery

Hanging Purple (2010), Jenny Holzer

Early Moses (1983), Jean-Michel Basquiat

Needless to say the Duchess is very excited about the VIP Art Fair.  Register here in order to begin viewing Saturday.  As many of you will be covered in inches of snow this weekend, this is your opportunity to get out and see some spectacular art (albeit not in the old-fashioned way). 

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