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Kulture at Sydney Contemporary

September 26, 2015

Kulture - a new smart web platform from Sydney - went along to this year's Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks to capture the buzz of opening night and talk to some of the galleries and artists. Galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Asia were among those that participated, some for the first time.

By Julia Champtaloup

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For one of only two galleries from Europe – Ingleby Gallery (Edinburgh), this was their first participation and by their own account, they did well with offerings of works by artists such as Callum Innes and others. Sydney galleries such as Watters, Sullivan & Strumpf and Liverpool Street reportedly attracted new buyers and generated new interest for their artists.

Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Blue Violet, (left), Untitled Lamp Black No. 14 (right)

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Arc One Gallery from Melbourne sold major new works by Janet Laurence, who will be heightening her international profile this November when she presents her work during the Climate Change talks in Paris at the Natural History Museum (Jardin des Plantes). Andrew Jensen from Jensen Gallery was positive about the fair, “We were pleased with the breadth of interest from visitors as well as the success for our artists.” Jensen presented works by Tomislav Nikolic and Jacqueline Humphries and was pleased with sales generated at the Fair. Gallery stands that opted for solo exhibitions by an artist, created visual impact, attracting a lot of interest for their artist. Tolarno Galleries was one such gallery, showing paintings and ceramics by Brendan Huntley.

Janet Laurence, Coral Collapse I - Reef Resuscitation (detail)

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Art dealers from New Zealand John McCormack from Starkwhite (Auckland) and Gary Langsford of Gow Langsford Gallery (Auckland) were happy with the response they received and pleased with the general atmosphere of the Fair. Gary Langsford commented, “Fairs provide a great opportunity to meet new clients. Success is usually determined in the months to come after the Fair, as new sales develop.” Other galleries from New Zealand attended the Fair for the first time, such as Bath Street Gallery (Auckland) and reported positive feedback from visitors.

Overall, the buzz at Sydney Contemporary was an excited yet relaxed one, with major commissioned installations that worked to enliven the public spaces between gallery stands by Alex Seton, Stephen Ralph, Scott Eady, Christine McMillan, Caroline Rothwell and others.

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Sculpture by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

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Since its launch just a few weeks ago, Kulture has attracted many new members and is evolving into its goal to become a strong connected creative community for galleries, artists and cultural hubs. Using smart geo location technology, Kulture will curate cultural journeys for members and deliver targeted audiences to cultural venues.

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