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Cruising The Art Fairs With Oregon Gallerists

 *Image (c) Brenna Murphy and courtesy Upfor

This week’s guest curator, Rebecca Gates, maintains a side career as a consultant to galleries. Talking with her about the work of moving major works of contemporary art from Point A to Point B, you get a clear picture of how important contemporary art fairs have become to galleries and the artists they represent.

We spoke with Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary, who travels extensively every year, giving artists she represents a  presence at Art Fairs in places like San Francisco, Miami, and Houston.


Theo Downes-LeGuin has attended numerous art fairs as a collector. He recently opened his own gallery, Upfor, and received an invitation to exhibit two of his artists, Ben Buswell and Brenna Murphy (that’s one of her works, pictured at the top), at Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

They joined us for a conversation about what the fairs are like, and what kind of experience they provide for seeing and buying art.

For a little more reading on the macro effect the fairs have had on the art market, try this article in the Economist.

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