This year’s Sydney Contemporary will see some 90 galleries put hundreds of artists on show over four days at Carriageworks. Fair director Barry Keldoulis lets us in on the all-important game plan
Our selection committee is made up of gallerists who exhibit in art fairs around the world and curators who work internationally, so their judgement is informed by the global contemporary art scene. They vet applications according to how well a work will stand on the international stage.
I’m excited about Australian artist Riley Payne, who will show in the Future section. And it’ll be the first time we’ve seen [Indigenous painter] Vincent Namatjira, New Zealand ceramicist Virginia Leonard and Chilean painter Ignacio Gumucio.
Kiwi sculptor Glen Hayward is carving an entire car for the fair and Japan’s Teamlab are working on a ninescreen video installation. Ceramics will feature heavily, as will artists working with embroidery and fabric – look out for Mehwish Iqbal. And you can never write off a painting – Ben Quilty and Michael Zavros both draw admirers.
THE HOT TIP
Opening night is a great way to experience all the excitement of the fair. Carriageworks will be transformed into an immersive night of art, music and food with live performance and large installations.
Allow three hours – you’ll feel like you’ve cheated yourself if you don’t see everything. Start with a glass of wine and take the time to chat to the artists and gallerists. The talks program is also worth checking out.
THE FUTURE-PROOF INVESTMENT
The Future section is a good place to find the emerging gang of young hot things. Supporting the artists you like now has the power to create major artists of the future.
Sydney Contemporary runs September 7-10; sydneycontemporary.com.au