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Non-comprehensive Notes on Art Amsterdam

by Andrea Alessi
My colleague, Nicola, had the chance to visit Art Amsterdam before I did and sent me an encouraging text message: “Let me know what you think, I unexpectedly enjoyed it! Ciao ciao.” Given this assessment, I approached the fair with an attitude of cautious optimism, and it turns out there was a lot to like about Art Amsterdam 2011. I, too, unexpectedly enjoyed it! For a more in depth (and perhaps more lucid as well) report on the trends and mood of the fair, visit Nicola’s GeoSlant blog post (here). In the meantime, here are some things that caught my eyes and ears. As Nicola will tell you, minim... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 5/16/11
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No Holds Barred

by Andrea Alessi
In the 2010 Art Amsterdam catalogue the fair’s new director, Edo Dijksterhuis makes a non-judgmental distinction between art fairs and museums, contrasting the reflective space of the museum with that of the socio-commercial art fair. The latter, fueled by sales and industrious elbow rubbing, doesn’t always leave participants the luxury of exhibiting concepts or ephemera, but its pillars nevertheless bear equal weight in the temple of the contemporary art world. I am an unapologetic museum lover myself, and despite my best efforts I tend to get overwhelmed and a wee bit cranky when I visit... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 5/31/10