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What Does the Future Hold for Art Fairs?

Four experts discuss future directions and possibilities for art fairs in this conversation from TEFAF Online 2021, produced in partnership with the Financial Times

Art fairs have played an important role in the market for decades but were forced to shut their doors as the pandemic struck in 2020. After many months without in-person art fairs, four art world professionals look back at the learnings and experiences of the past period and look ahead to what the future might hold for art fairs as pandemic-related restrictions ease.

Why does one visit an art fair? What future directions could art fairs take, and what potential issues could they face? Will art fairs remain in the digital realm, and which impact might ecological concerns have? Collectors Catherine Walsh and Catherine Petitgas, TEFAF exhibitor and contemporary jeweler Christian Hemmerle, and journalist and art market expert Melanie Gerlis offer their perspectives on these questions and more in this TEFAF Talk by the Financial Times, moderated by Jan Daley.

This TEFAF Talk by the Financial Times was part of TEFAF Online 2021’s virtual programming and broadcast live on September 9, 2021.

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