Interesting press release I received yesterday, in which Chelseaartgalleries.com …
reported today that no less than 116 Chelsea galleries are going to ten different art fairs in Miami the second week of December, making 2006 the largest such migration ever, up 25% from just a year ago. “Chelsea’s presence in Miami will be significant”, says Alessandra Almgren, editor at chelseaartgalleries.com. “More than one sixth of all galleries participating in any of the art fairs, and 43 out of the 247 galleries at the main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, have a Chelsea address.”
– Clearly, Chelsea is an art fair every day, and yet dealers still feel compelled to drag their asses and their art down to Miami. Why? And no, “mojitos by the pool” does not explain it.
– Does anyone think that all these galleries can possibly break even, given the competition?
– Will any art at all be sold in Chelsea come January?
– 10 fairs, 686 galleries. Does that sound doable to anyone except a compulsive collector with a sunlight allergy and no artworld friends to distract him?
Interesting point, not noted: While Chelsea’s representing 25 percent more in Miami this year, the total number of galleries is up 50 percent. Does that mean the artworld’s less Chelsea-centric, or just that every Chelsea dealer that applied got in somewhere? I’m imagining application strategies akin to the ones concocted by Ivy League admissions consultants – with “safety fairs” and domino-effect wait-listing.