Vip Art Fair

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Vip Art Fair, (AFP) - The world’s first international online art fair hits the Internet this Saturday, putting contemporary art pieces worth $1 million and more just a mouse click away.VIP Art Fair blows away the sometimes fusty, exclusive atmosphere of art galleries by placing 7,500 works from more than 2,000 artists on the Internet for the weeklong fair. More than 50 pieces are priced at $1 million or higher, while some 100 items are valued at less than $5,000. About 138 galleries in 30 countries are participating.

“All visitors can experience the thrill of discovery as they travel between galleries from diverse locations such as Sydney, Shanghai, Cape Town, Athens, London, Reykjavik, New York and Sao Paulo,” organizers said in a statement.

Catalogs will feature the likes of Richard Prince, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst and Subodh Gupta.

New York art dealers James and Jane Cohan and Internet entrepreneurs Jonas and Alessandra Almgren said the weeklong virtual art fair “re-configures the traditional art fair model for the Internet.”

Visitors to can search for an artist and access in-depth background information online.

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The world’s first art show for the Internet went online on Saturday morning. At the Vip Art Fair, according to the organizers to take part in 139 galleries from 30 countries, including Germany. Anyone can look around for a registration and purchase. Prices start at a few thousand dollars and go beyond the million.

The makers adapt to the habits of the gallery visitors. Such a plan was created, after soaking up the art – can pace off – mostly pictures. Even the shadow of another visitor is seen to establish a relationship with the size of the piece can. However, the pleasure of art is not cheap. The virtual tour is a bit complicated to register for free. But who wants more – with the galleries includes such contact or even knows the price – to pay on the opening weekend of 100, then 20 dollars (15 euros).

The Internet exhibition until 30 January to see. For the galleries, the experiment has the advantage that they do not have to send their works for a lot of money, and then at an art fair often paying tens of thousands of dollars in state taxes. Moreover, the number of art fairs is barely manageable. However, costs and the “stand” on the virtual exhibition on the media information of several thousand dollars.

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