2012 marks the 46th anniversary of Art Cologne, making it the oldest art fair in the world, with a dedicated group of international collectors who come on a yearly basis to see the best in modern and contemporary art. In an effort to broaden their presentation of “cutting-edge trends in the newest contemporary art,” Art Cologne for the first time invited another independent fair – NADA – to participate in Art Cologne, with their own section showcasing over 30 contemporary galleries. Through our continuing partnership with NADA, Paddle8 hosted a preview of NADA Cologne that ends today. Below, we have some highlights from our time in Cologne – including a look at both NADA Cologne and some of the Paddle8 galleries who participated in Art Cologne.
Silverman Gallery from San Francisco featured a stunning large scale work on paper by Christopher Badger, who uses technology to measure topographies, and then translates the data into sprawling maps with an accompanying score.
Galerie Emanuel Layr from Vienna installed Roter Gepardenkopf by Franz Amann – a cat’s head resembling a massive human heart.
Power Galerie from Hamburg showcased a solo show by Andrew Gilbert, their beige booth guarded by a human-sized warrior, cloaked in furs and brandishing his sword at art fair visitors.
Warhus Rittershaus from Cologne employed moveable walls modeled after clothes racks to augment the wall space of their Andreas Breuning solo show.
Many other Paddle8 galleries took part in Art Cologne itself, including Van Horn from Duesseldorf, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Thomas Solomon and 1301PE from Los Angeles, Leo Koenig from New York and White Cube from London.
Paddle8 was also invited to take part in a NADA panel discussion called Click On Art: Art Market and the Internet. Together with other art internet platforms The Spotlist, Collector’s Spot, Independent Collectors, and other voices from the art world, we discussed the effect of online venues for the art market and art sales.