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Aotearoa Art Fair showing artists from Asia, Australia and the Pacific

John Daly-Peoples

Mike Hewson, Rock on Wheels

Auckland Art Fair

The Cloud

March 2 – 5

John Daly-Peoples

The Art Fair industry has seen a huge growth over the last few years and post Covid there has been a further resurgence. This has largely been part of a response by dealer galleries to the impact of the auction house / resale market. This has seen dealers and the auction houses in direct competition both for the art and for buyers.

Even in New Zealand the auction houses have bigger marketing  budgets and networks along with quality art works on offer which means they are able to attract a select  client group for a one or two night “exhibition” of major work  accompanied by a well-produced catalogue with in depth articles worthy of a public gallery exhibition.

Dealer galleries in  contrast mainly  operate with a limited invitation list and  also not much  in the way of international connections. With an art fair the dealers are  able to reach a wider audience by condsolidating their invitations lists along with wider media reach. They can  also offer a novel experience, a limited “buy now” opportunity along with a full programme of events and a lively party scene

The Auckland Art Fair in on next month  Thursday March 2–Sunday 5 March at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf.

This year there will be forty exhibiting galleries representing  more than 180 artists. While most of the galleries are from New Zealand there are several international galleries.

Benjamin Work, Tautahi,

Bergman Gallery which has locations in Rarotonga and  Auckland will be showing Pasifika artists including Telly Tuita, Mahiriki Tasngaroa and Benjamin Work.

Redbase Foundation from Yogyakarta will be showing prominent Indonesian contemporary artists, including Lowpop, Agus Wijaya and He Wenjue.

Naarm Melbourne, is presenting Haydens Gallery, STATION and Savage while Michael Bugelli Gallery from Hobart will present a solo booth featuring New Zealand -born sculptor Mike Henson.

By johndpart

Arts reviewer for thirty years with the National Business Review

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