Melbourne Art Fair 2014 sets the stage for the latest in Contemporary Art

The Melbourne Art Fair today announced a leading selection of 70 contemporary art galleries to participate in the 2014 event.  Established for 25 years, the Fair is Australia’s longest running and leading art fair presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a platform that is focused on stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists. 

 Opening from 13 until 17 August in the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens, over 300 artists from around the world will exhibit, presented by some of the best contemporary art galleries from Australia and beyond.

Dividing galleries across two sections, it will include the MAF galleries section of established galleries, and the MAF platform.  The MAF Platform will be a vibrant display of the best emerging talent, with curated galleries and artist run initiatives younger than five years.  An exciting installation by Fehily Contemporary will present a new major site-specific installation by Ken + Julia Yonetani, The Last Supermarket, created especially for the Melbourne Art Fair.  Recreating a real-life supermarket, each of the ‘goods’ are made entirely of pure white salt, sold separately or in a ‘food bowl’ display; it is a playful commentary on the role of art fairs and the issues of environmental sustainability.

Melbourne Art Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis, drew attention to the focus to have the best contemporary art from Australasia commenting: “We’re excited to have attracted the foremost galleries and artists from the region to participate.  Galleries will present a diverse range of works spanning paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, new media and installation work by both established and emerging talent.”

This dynamic and engaging event will be supported by Melbourne Art Week, a city-wide program starting 11 August until Sunday 17 August; it will include lectures, forums, free children’s workshops and events.  A key highlight of the public Lectures and Forums program will be the Melbourne Art Fair Keynote Lecture on Monday 11 August, presented by the highly regarded Pearl Lam, Director of Pearl Lam Galleries, who is a critical voice in the Asian art market.

Leading up to the fair, the Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts will be announced 17 July, acknowledging outstanding contributions and achievements of an Australian Artist in contemporary art.  Additionally the first MAF Video, a new section devoted to new media and moving image will open, with co-curators announced as Simone Hine and Kyle Weise.

Ticket sales for the Melbourne Art Fair 2014 open on 30 May 2014.  A special early purchase price is being offered for Vernissage tickets of AUD$125 until 30 June.

Melbourne Art Fair 2014
13 August – 17 August

Image:  John Baldessari, courtesy of Sullivan + Strumf; Tomokazu Matsuyama, Courtesy of Leslie Kehoe Galleries; Erwin Wurm, Courtesy of Anna Schwartz Gallery; Ham Darroch Glass, Courtesy of Michael Reid Gallery.

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