We’re proud of our own galleries here in Melbourne – in an embarrassing theatre-mum sort of way – but sometimes outta towners need attention too. This year’s Melbourne Art Fair welcomes galleries from Australia, and as far flung as New Zealand, Japan, Germany.
Along with the massive trade-style event at the Royal Exhibition Building the fair has added a bevy of lectures, forums artist talks and a specially commissioned work by New York-based Australian sculptor Ian Burns (read all about Ian who is also exhibiting at ACMI on page X).
Here are three exhibitors we’re pumped about checking out.
Surry Hills, Sydney
A beloved Sydney gallery. Also the first Sydney artist-run initiative to cross over into the commercial art world. Check out works by one of Chalk Horse’s Christian Thompson, a photographer, video and performance artist. Thompson’s work often references the land and heritage of his community, the Bidjara people of the Kunja nation from south-west Queensland.
A converted warehouse exhibition space that prides itself on promoting local and international artist. We’re looking forward to seeing works by German sculptor and watercolour artist Joachim Bandau, represented by Two Rooms. Born in Cologne, Germany, Bandau belongs to an esteemed group of German artists that emerged from Dusseldorf in 1961. He has been producing work for major museums for over 45 years.
Arndt’s mission is to create a dialogue between European, south-east Asian and Australian markets. The gallery will represent French writer, photographer, installation and conceptual artist Sophie Calle at this year’s Fair to continue the relationship between Australian and European art scenes.