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All the Worlds a fair: on Art Fairs, Biennials, and great exhibtions

Stephanie Bailey Leap Magazine 23 March 2015
Messe Basel New Hall

When we talk about art fairs, we’re never just talking about art fairs. We’re talking about a world system that is fragmented, global, and populous: a global economy through which art objects (and indeed, art people) are circulated, exchanged, and valued among a constellation of figures and spaces, from artists, dealers, collectors, directors, and curators, to their institutional counterparts studios, galleries, foundations, non-profits, and museums. The art fair is a marketplace, or better yet, the art world’s agora: a space where economics, politics, and culture converge into a relational web that makes itself visible for about as long as a flash sale.