Dec. 9th, 2010

Art Galleries Go Viral: World's First Online Art Fair Debuts in January

Arts & Culture: VIP Art Fair announced that it will launch the world's first online art fair in January. The debut of the first edition of the online event is January 22. The creative portal will present art from 139 art galleries in 30 countries over an eight-day period.

The diverse cyber forum will present the works of renowned artists as well as leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the world. Artwork by the likes of Jason Pollock, Francis Bacon, Damien Hurst, Anslem Kiefer, Takashi Murakami, and Sarah Lucas will be included in the premiere affair.

Attendees will be able to connect directly with art dealers and have access to streaming videos long with dynamic-zoom capabilities.

"Three years ago, when we began conceptualizing VIP Art Fair, we wanted to harness the international reach of the Internet to give access to the best contemporary art from anywhere in the world," said Mr. James Cohan, owner of two eponymous galleries located in New York and Shanghai.

The AXA Art Insurance Corporation and Art21 are partners with VIP Art Fair in this online venture. Art21, an award-winning producer of modern films, has produced an exclusive series of artist-studio visits for the show. Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Cindy Sherman are among the featured artists. The fair will be divided into three exhibition halls.

While browsing the event is free, the price per ticket to have unlimited access is $100, if purchased on either of the first two days (Jan. 22-23), and $20 per for a full-access ticket thereafter. The inaugural edition of the VIP Art Fair concludes Sunday, January 30.

Source: VIP Art Fair
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