With around 100 participating galleries, abc art berlin contemporary will be exhibiting in the halls of Station Berlin at Gleisdreieck from 17 to 20 September. The galleries come from 17 countries and will be showing individual positions in contemporary art – from established artists to emerging newcomers. Galleries have also been given the opportunity to present curated projects.
For the first time, the architectural concept has been developed by June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff. Their proposal for the organisation of the halls consists of spaces defined only by their corners. Galleries have chosen either corners or whole spaces for their presentations.
This year, the exhibition Proximities and Desires will be presented in the adjacent hall C of abc, with works from Berlin based collections. The participants include: the About Change Collection, Sammlung Marzona, Sammlung Boros, Sammlung Haubrok, Olbricht Collection, Sammlung Schürmann, Sammlung Paul Maenz and Mathias Döpfner, as well as other collections. In the exhibition – organized by Nikola Dietrich – works by artists such as Nora Schultz, Manfred Pernice, Heimo Zobernig, Elmgreen / Dragset, John Knight and Ana Mendieta
At 11 am on Friday and Saturday morning, Talking Galleries will host their panel discussions at abc in collaboration with Berlin Art Week. And on Wednesday evening prior to abc, all participating Berlin galleries will open their exhibitions in their local gallery spaces; the exhibiting artists include Cecily Brown, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mario García Torres, Camille Henrot, Sofia Hultén, Barbara Kruger, Friedrich Kunath, Gabriel Kuri, Peter Piller, Gedi Sibony, Slavs and Tatars, Florian Slotawa, Hito Steyerl, Juergen Teller and Rosemarie Trockel.
For the fourth time, abc is partnered with Berlin Art Week (see www.berlinartweek.de), a program of exhibitions and events that will be taking place across the city.
The abc GWB Veranstaltungs UG is an association of Berlin gallerists with a common interest in promoting Berlin as an art market and bringing its protagonists together. The association organises Gallery Weekend in the beginning of May and abc art berlin contemporary in September. Responsibility for the association is with the board of Berlin gallerists supported by the Honorary Advisory Board. Participation is by invitation.
Gallery Weekend Berlin was founded in 2005 and takes place at the beginning of May every year. There are now around fifty participating Berlin galleries. abc, the galleries exhibition, was founded in 2008 and takes place annually in mid-September. abc brings together a number of individual positions in contemporary art, presented by national and international galleries.
West Bund Art & Design is the first large-scale international fair in China to break the boundary between art and design.
As the West Bund Development Group Co. Ltd. continues to drive the artistic and cultural growth of the West Bund Cultural Corridor, the West Bund Art Centre dually serves as the heart of this riverside development and as the venue for West Bund Art & Design. This lively milieu nourishes the expansion and growth of West Bund Art & Design as well as galleries and design institutions throughout Shanghai.
This year, the art section welcomes the return of several galleries from last year’s fair, such as Aike-Dellarco, Antenna Space, BANK, Beijing Art Now Gallery, Boers-Li Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Don Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Leo Xu Projects, Magician Space, OTA Fine Arts, Pace Gallery, Pearl Lam Fine Arts, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Star Gallery, Vanguard Gallery, White Cube, White Space Beijing and other galleries. New participants include Arario Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chambers Fine Art, Sadie Coles HQ, Massimo de Carlo, Imago Kinetics, Ink Studio, Leo Gallery, Lin & Lin Gallery, Galerie Urs Meile, Victoria Miro and Platform China.
In Menzies’ forthcoming “Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture” auction scheduled for September 24, a superb piece by Inner Mongolian-born artist, Xue Mo (b.1966) has been included. This work was exhibited in “Mongolian Secrets” (27th October to 15th November, 2009) at my former gallery, and whilst I will admit upfront, my bias, clearly this oil on linen painting is truly a standout piece. I would also add I am not the vendor!
The 2009 exhibition itself was an extraordinarily successful show, with an 80% sale rate, which at the time, coming in at the tail end of the GFC, was unusual within the primary art market. Robert Nelson, art critic for The Age, devoted a ½ page review to the exhibition, complementing the artist on her facility of draftsmanship as much as her skillful rendering of colour and form.
For more than a decade I have represented this unique and talented artist, and it will be exceptionally good buying to acquire this work at the higher estimate, given the artist’s retail value in the US is more than double the amount!
Outstanding results were achieved last night in Sydney with the first part of the auction of The Peter Elliott Collection by Mossgreen. Notably, the featured artwork on the cover of the catalogue, Brett Whiteley's 'Arrival" sold above its estimate for AUD650,000.
Michaela Boland, National Arts Writer for The Australian gives a summary of the action: Peter Elliott art estate lures big buyers at auction
The Peter Elliott Collection is an extraordinary private collection acquired over seventy years by a remarkable and inspiring man. Peter Elliott grew up surrounded by art – his father was a friend and patron of Norman Lindsay, and several other modern Australian artists – and he acquired his first piece in 1947, soon after he left his service with the Navy at the age of seventeen. Following graduation, he went on to become a highly respected and decorated surgeon, but it was as a passionate and dedicated art collector that he became most well-known. The collection features exceptional works by some of Australia’s finest artists including Brett Whiteley, William Robinson, Jeffrey Smart, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Justin O’Brien, an exceptional Oceanic and Indigenous arts collection and a large and extensive collection of Chinese and South East Asian arts, European antiques and decorative arts.