By Julia Champtaloup
By Julia Champtaloup
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.
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.
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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