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Twelve weeks and counting

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Twelve weeks and counting until the big day and things are really taking shape for the 2011 fair which promises to be the best yet.

The new building has a roof, walls, stairs and lights. All that’s missing is the art. If the catalogue is anything to go by, Auckland has a stunning mix of that headed its way.

Our 40-strong contingent of leading galleries from around New Zealand and Australia includes some new faces from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Collectively, they will be showing 600+ works from 200+ artists. There are some well-known names in the mix and some hot newcomers to surprise and delight everyone – from avid collectors to the merely curious.

Bon Voyage to those of you who are packing your bags for the Venice Biennale, to support Michael Parekowhai (and Hany Armanious from the other side of the ditch). Before you go, make sure you snap up some of our early bird Art Fair tickets so you’ll have more money for the good life (and of course, shoes) in Italy.

I’ll be here in the office, chained to my desk, making sure Auckland Art Fair 2011 is worth returning for.

A few notes and coming highlights below.


Jennifer Buckley
Director, Auckland Art Fair



Snap up some Early Bird Vernissage tickets or go the whole hog and treat yourself to a Collector’s Package and make a weekend of it. There are only a limited number and they’re only available until 1 June so visit the website now to secure yours.



We’re finalising arrangements with our keynote speaker, Knight Landesman, the publisher of Artforum. Love it or hate it, the magazine is a must read for the art world and we are sure Knight will deliver a lecture as colourful and challenging as his trademark lolly coloured suits and stylish hats


In addition to 100+ gorgeous images, our 2011 catalogue includes an insightful essay by Wellington curator and critic Mark Amery. His essay, A Private Public Practice, explores the relationships between artists, galleries and institutions and pulls no punches. We just might sneak an excerpt from it into an e-news…



If you are travelling to Auckland (or live here and just want a night out), our hotel partner SKYCITY Grand has put some packages for one night, and even better deals for 3 nights or more. Click here for more information.

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