Friday, September 18, 2009

Bis Später [or Apparently Everyone Wants to Be a Jelly Donut]

Blogging will most likely be light, if at all, next week (kinda depends on the Internet cafe situation), but I'm encouraging Bambino to consider posting a special SEHEN und GESEHEN WERDEN report upon our return from Berlin.

We're not the only ones with the German capital on the brain at the moment, though. According to Lindsay Pollock's blog (which has perhaps set the world record for most quickly joining the most essential reads among New York-based art blogs), The Armory Show also has Berlinlust at the moment:
New York’s Armory Show will introduce a geographic theme for the March 2010 edition. The first city to be spotlighted will be Berlin.

The fair has targeted key Berlin galleries, and offered them subsidized shipping rates and other inducements, confirmed fair spokesman Giovanni Garcia-Fenech.

Dealers say the initiative was created to beef up a weak pool of Berlin dealers who had initially applied to the fair.

Art fair organizers face an uphill battle in convincing European exhibitors to take part in American fairs. There is skepticism that the expenses are worthwhile at a time when galleries are conserving cash, and American collectors’ appetites for contemporary art has waned.
According to Artinfo:
[F]air spokesman Giovanni Garcia-Fenech said that while the fair's organizers are "indeed working on a special Berlin theme for next year's fair, the project is still barely in its planning stages," and the details have yet to be worked out. He added that the idea had more to do with the fair retaining its edge than with getting Europeans to the event.
We're looking forward to finding both edge and gemütlichkeit in Berlin. Many thanks for all the great tips on where to eat and what to see. We'll see you in a week. Bis später.

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6 Comments:

Blogger CAP said...

I see you're really down with the lingo, Ed.

9/18/2009 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

A bit rusty on my German, actually, but it seems to come rolling back after a few beers.

9/18/2009 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

uh...er...in case it's not clear, I'm NOT drinking beer this early in the morning...

:-)

9/18/2009 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger J. Wesley Brown said...

Thought you'd find my most recent posmt interesting, Ed:

http://wecanshoottoo.blogspot.com/2009/09/contemporary-is-new-contemporary.html

Bests - W

9/18/2009 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

Have a nice trip! You should like it, but it'll be interesting to read your opinion on wrether you think the Berlin art boom is temporary or there to stay.


Cedric C

9/18/2009 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's kind of lame for the Armory show to "spotlight" Berlin...if they need to induce certain galleries to apply due to the recession, fine, but to try and turn it into a "geographic theme" is just silly.

9/19/2009 09:54:00 PM  

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