Art Sydney 08 Art Fair –

Art Sydney 08 Art Fair –

With the art market in the midst of an extremely interesting period of change I can’t wait to see how things pan out at Art Sydney 08 which I will be attending on the weekend. Running from the 23 – 26 October 2008, Art Sydney 08 brings together over 80 Australian and International galleries, showcasing an extensive range of art to buy from 100’s of artists from contemporary to traditional, emerging artists to investment pieces. Being the major art fair of my home town of Sydney Australia, I am particularly keen to see how the local market is fairing and to find out whether the rather surprising success (considering the current economic climate) of other art fairs around the world will be repeated here in Sydney. Keep an eye out for my observations and analysis of the fair in the coming days but in the meantime check out for more information on the fair.

In other news, the latest issue of the Indian lifestyle magazine Verve features an article on the connection between Indian art and Australia which was written by me. “You may be surprised to know that an Australian gallery was partly responsible for one of the first major touring shows of contemporary Indian art in 2004. The exhibition, titled Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, was a joint initiative of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Asia Society in New York that, according to the exhibition catalogue, aimed to capture “the breadth and depth of practice in India and demonstrated why Indian art today plays such a vital role in the current international art scene”. Since that landmark exhibition, Australians have continued to embrace contemporary Indian art with commercial galleries all over the country keeping a close eye on the Indian art market in an effort to be the first to bring the next emerging Indian art star.” You can read the full article here:

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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