Our world has been inspired by art, while conversely pivotal moments of the modern era continue to influence the artistic process of the time, in all of its forms. Globalization is the one variable that has changed this longstanding pattern.
Although this would seem very natural, it does actually catch my attention in my work conveying to audiences that the art world is open to more than just serious collectors of art or to professionals who are involved in producing art, or to dealers or to art critics.
You see, art has traditionally been a closed market in which only the privileged had access to it; but now, it has more of a global appeal, one which has encompassed all levels of society all over the world – it’s not just about who is buying, but where they are from and how seriously they are engaged with art.
If we look at how the art market is developing, it has become clear that London art fairs are becoming major events in the globalizing marketplace annual calendar, professional and social; they form a major proponent behind the popularization of contemporary art. The first Frieze Art Fair started in London in 2003 and since 2014 it has expanded to launch editions in New York and next year, Los Angeles.
The 2018 Frieze Art Fair in London (held in Regent’s Park from the 3rd to 7th October) showcased the works of over 160 galleries from across the globe, placing London’s best contemporary art galleries alongside their international counterparts. For art fans, Frieze art fair is an opportunity to see a large range of artists including, the established names of today coupled with the new stars of tomorrow.
The Gagosian Gallery represented new works by Urs Fisher, including large-scale triptychs made by hand using a digital substrate, then fascinatingly silkscreened onto aluminum panels. At the same time, the Los Angeles based gallery, that of David Kordansky, was showing new paintings and sculptures designed by Calvin Marcus. The paintings featured devilish ceramic heads painted a deep blue and set in relief against matching blue starry background. It was interesting to learn that all the ceramic faces are in fact, a self-portrait of the artist.
My hometown, Monaco was represented at the Frieze Masters by the Moretti Fine Art gallery, exhibiting in collaboration with the contemporary art gallery, Hauser & Wirth. It was very impressive to see the different époques on display at their exposition, including pieces of art dating back from the 14th century to the 20th.
As the world of art expands to showcase the expression of more individuals from more regions, it is my intention to give appreciators old and new perspective on the industry and its evolutions, from London, Monaco and around the world, in a manner that is informative, educational and unique.