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A Free Virtual Art Fair, 1-7 June 2020

Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair will be launching a free Virtual Art Fair from 1-7 June 2020.

While the physical fair slated for this year is rescheduled to February 2021, Melbourne Art Foundation is partnering with Ocula.com to present digital ‘Viewing Rooms’ in June, to showcase the new and iconic works online that were originally intended for the fair’s 2020 edition.

Viewing Rooms will give visitors the opportunity to explore the virtual spaces of the region’s most esteemed galleries and discover exceptional art from home.

Throughout the week, Melbourne Art Fair and its participating galleries will also host a series of digital experiences including artist studio visits, collector interviews and exhibition viewings on the platform.

Viewing Rooms will be open to the public from 3-7 June. Register above to gain VIP Access from 1-2 June 2020.

Digital Conversation Series

A platform for dialogue and the sharing of ideas, hear directly from artists, gallerists and collectors, as they discuss the future of the contemporary artworld in a series of video interviews and live talks.

An artworld in crisis: overcoming the impact of COVID-19

Join Alison Kubler, Editor of VAULT Magazine, as she leads a panel discussion with Louise Neri, Director of Gagosian Gallery New York, Tania Doropoulos, Director of Anna Schwartz Gallery, and Mark Hughes, Director of Mark Hughes Art Advisory, addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the arts industry.  

Alison Kubler | Editor of VAULT

Alison Kubler has over 20 years experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia. She worked as Arts Adviser to Senator The Hon George Brandis, SC, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport in 2007, is currently a Council Member at the National Gallery of Australia and Editor of Australasian art & culture magazine, VAULT.

Louise Neri | Director of Gagosian New York

Louise Neri has been a director at Gagosian since 2006, working with artists and developing exhibitions, editorial projects, and communications across the global platform. A former editor of the renowned art quarterly Parkett magazine, she has authored and edited many books and articles on contemporary art. 

Mark Hughes | Director of Mark Hughes Art Advisory

Prior to founding Mark Hughes Art Advisory in 2011, Mark was Director of Galerie Lelong, New York for nine years and Associate Director of Babara Gladstone Gallery, New York. He has worked with some of the world’s most influential artists including Vito Acconci, Andy Goldsworthy, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Sean Scully and the late Nancy Spero.

Tania Doropoulos | Director of Anna Schwartz Gallery

Currently the Director of Anna Schwartz Gallery, Tania Doropoulos has worked within the visual arts for more than twenty years. Over her years of experience Tania has fulfilled prominent roles internationally, including; Director of Exhibitions at Timothy Taylor, Artistic Director or Frieze London and Director of Frieze Studios.

Olivia Radonich | Founder/Director of Reading Room

Olivia Radonich founded Reading Room gallery in 2018, after ten years as Associate Director at Tolarno Galleries. A unique space combining gallery and library, Reading Room collaborates with, and also represents, a small group of artists, developing a program of exhibitions, publications, projects, film screenings and conversations.

Image: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran in his studio. Photo: Jacquie Manning

Alison Kubler in conversation with Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Join Alison Kubler in a conversation with artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, recipient of the Melbourne Art Foundation 2021 Commission in partnership with HOTA Gallery. Hear Ramesh talk about his process as an artist, experiences of COVID-19 and upcoming projects.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran | Artist represented by Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols that are at once enticing and disquieting. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and organised religion. 

Alison Kubler | Editor of VAULT

Alison Kubler has over 20 years experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia. She worked as Arts Adviser to Senator The Hon George Brandis, SC, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport in 2007, is currently a Council Member at the National Gallery of Australia and Editor of Australasian art & culture magazine, VAULT.

More Digital Conversations to be announced...

Virtual Artist Studio Tours

Take a virtual step inside artist’s studios, as they take you on a live tour. Explore the spaces in which they create, preview works in development and hear the artist talk about their process and upcoming projects.

Image: David Griggs in his studio. Photo: Mason Kimber

David Griggs Live Studio Tour

Best known for his intense, energetic paintings, eight times Archibald Prize finalist David Griggs has long portrayed the often-overlooked underbelly of society. Combining borrowed motifs, political imagery, symbols of popular culture, street culture and art history, his works articulate the unfettered reality of life, death, violence, poverty, religion and sex.

Griggs’ new series of paintings, presented by STATION in Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms, were created during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Propaganda Paintings and their companion Restaurant Paintings represent the biases, phobias and fears of dealing with a pandemic, as well as perhaps the boredom and malaise. The intention was to make a body of work pertinent to our very immediate and universal experience, and to expose the persuasive power of propaganda as a means of managing the global populace. 

Join Griggs on a live virtual studio tour, as he takes over Melbourne Art Fair Instagram and talks about his new body of work.

More Artist Studio Tours to be announced..

After careful consideration of COVID-19, consultation with industry and advice from the Victorian Government, Melbourne Art Foundation has made the decision to reschedule Melbourne Art Fair to 4 – 7 February 2021. Our greatest concern and priority is for the health and well-being of our team, our exhibiting galleries, their artists and the wider community.

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