Sydney Contemporary, the people’s art fair

Written by Sara Black

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One pandemic positive? Art is becoming more accessible to the masses and we are open arms about it.

The art world can sometimes appear like an elusive and exclusive place. Money talks, there are a lot of cropped-bangs hairstyles and an abundance of aloofness in the midst. Not to mention artist bios and artwork statements that read like written as if the lovechildren of Stephen Hawkings x Aryabhatta and Isaac Newton x Galileo Galilei birthed their own lovechild who was a dab hand at writing about art. It can be a lot.

Slowly, however, it seems that world is becoming a more accessible (and diverse) place, becoming less beholden to chequebooks and those in the ‘know’. Which brings us to Sydney Contemporary, an international art fair for the people. And not just the Sydney people. This year sees the Carriageworks-based fair also provide an online offering sharing 380 artists and 450+ artworks with a whole new audience.

Live, as of right now, until the 31st of October, the virtual version of the fair is a journey in its own right. Not quite sure what genre of art you most appreciate? Take a quiz. Or jump right in and lead yourself through the myriad of exceptional talent.

INDEX highlights? Well, you may have gathered we’re firm fans of New Zealand-born, Australia-living Richard Lewer (get a free poster by the artist with the current issue of INDEX magazine) who dishes up three ornithological-friendly paintings. Dan Arps, Martino Gamper, Kate Newby and Gretchen Albrecht also make appearances alongside Abdul Abdullah and Ronnie van Hout’s stop-you-in-your-tracks artworks.

There is also full transparency with pricing, taking the guesstimation work and potentially awkward cost chats of out of the picture. Plus services to facilitate interest-free, pay-over-time purchases.

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Left: Qausi I by Ronnie van Hout, 2020. Right: Can’t See the Forest for the Fires by Abdul Abdullah, 2020.

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Above: Barrier Condition by Dan Arps, 2020.

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