This time we made sure the paintings got there. Last year the carriers took the paintings down to the art fair, then brought them back again - forgetting to do the actual delivery
bit! This time I even brought the very last painting with me by train and taxi - taking no chances. A gorgeous
brand-new watercolour portrait of "Sonia25bi" that sold within minutes of my getting it there to a guy from Miami, so that's another one of mine whisked off to the States. Maybe I should go there one day?
Under the economic circumstances, I was concerned that the fair would suffer, but it seemed to be very busy, certainly in the afternoons: apparently 21,700 came to see the 100 galleries. And there was plenty to see, with some great stuff in the Project Space - hence me with Hermann Nitsch above - though I got the impression that rather a lot of galleries played safe, with very easy-on-the-eye stuff to go nicely with the sofa. But that was alright - it helped galleries like Bend In The River
It turns out that Mike B is an ace salesman - because he loves talking about art, obviously knows rather a lot about it and the visitors really appreciated that. All the same, we spent lots of time looking around, meeting artists, gallerists and visitors, finding a few gems in a few galleries, even some ArtReview members - and I'm sure we didn't see it all!
It was fun, but pretty exhausting - all we could do at the end of each day is crawl to the pub!
Check out the photos in the album