Auckland Art Fair: One week to go - Art Collector

Auckland Art Fair runs from 25 to 29 May at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf. Courtesy: Auckland Art Fair

Art Collector magazine is thrilled to be the principal media partner for Auckland Art Fair 2016. If you’re attending the fair this year, stop by stand M2 and pick up your free Auckland Art Fair mini edition, featuring artists at the fair.

There’s only one week to go until Auckland Art Fair 2016 opens its doors at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf. It’s been three years since the last iteration of the fair and this edition sees 40 galleries from the Asia Pacific Region and beyond showcasing work from hundreds of local and international, emerging and established artists.

Gallery presentations
(read some of our highlights here) are accompanied by a program of talks, exhibitions, presentations and installations inside the fair and beyond. Not to be missed will be an artist talk with PAULNACHE exhibiting artists Evan Woodruffe, Scott Gardiner and Glen Hayward, who together present a collaborative installation at the fair. The talk is hosted at the PAULNACHE booth at 1pm on Saturday 28 May. On Thursday 26 at 11.30am, artist Dick Frizzell will give a talk at the Gow Langsford stand. Frizzell’s project at the fair titled I’m here for the Monkey draws from his Phantom series that began in the 1990s. Each of the 100 available paintings work individually, or like a pick-a-path book where viewers are able to create their own narratives by selecting a group of works.

The Auckland Art Fair Projects sector is curated this year by MONA curator Jarrod Rawlins and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery director Simon Rees, with assistance from Francis McWhannell. Engaging galleries participating in the fair, independent artists and the non-profit arts agency CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, Projects presents work that questions what it means to be a Pacific artist or art professional in a globalised world, within the context of a commercial art fair. Exhibiting artists include Wayne Youle, Richard Lewer, Cerith Wyn Evans, Micheal Parekowhai and Grant Stevens, among others.

For new collectors, nine of Auckland's non-profit institutions will present editioned works by many of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists in a special Editions booth. All works will be priced between $100 to $2,000.

Internationally acclaimed chef and art collector Peter Gordon takes charge of all the culinary offerings at the fair. Visitors will have access to all four of the chef’s pop-up bars and eateries including fusion restaurant SAVOUR, oyster joint Pearl, Spanish tappas bar Bellota and CAAF, serving up fresh salads and lighter eats.

Auckland Art Fair runs from 25 to 29 May at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf.

Camilla Wagstaff

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