“Global Art Fairs”

A new online course in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art

9-23 March 2022

Talking Galleries was pleased to partner again with Sotheby’s Institute of Art to host a new online course.
Following the success of the first course held jointly last July 2021, “Global Art Fairs” was an essential live course to understand the complex origins and history of art fairs and their relevance in today’s art ecosystem.
The 5-session premier course was led by Madrid-based PhD and curator Paco Barragán, alongside Talking Galleries’ Director Llucià Homs and counted with the contribution of key industry experts with extensive experience on art fairs.


With the globalization of the art market over the past 20 years the count of art fairs has mushroomed to an estimated 300, forever changing the way the art market does business and impacting the entire contemporary art landscape. With a mix of lectures and interviews by leading art professionals with contrasted experience in the world of art fairs, this online course will dive into the ongoing evolution of the art fair phenomenon, aiming to examine its mixed origins (religious, artisanal, industrial, and artistic), role, and dynamics.
Among the contributors are included fair directors Adeline Ooi (director Art Basel Hong Kong), Touria El Glaoui (director 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair), Joanna Kamm (director Liste Art Fair Basel), Nanna Hjortenberg (Director Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen), Dyala Nusseibeh (director Art Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi), Rosina Gómez Baeza (former director ARCOmadrid) and Amanda Coulson (former director VOLTA SHOW, Bahamas); collectors Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Alain Servais (Brussels), Mario Cader-Frech (YES, Miami); art crtics or journalists Barry Schwabsky (art critic, New York) and Alain Quemin (professor of sociology of art, Paris); and gallerist Sabrina Amrani (Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid).
Led by Paco Barragán (Ph.D. and art theorist) and Llucià Homs (director Talking Galleries), this vibrant and timely course analysed the past and present of art fairs while propelling discussion on what the future holds for them.


Wednesday 9 March – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GMT
“The Art Fair: A Historical Perspective”
Rosina Gómez Baeza (former director ARCOmadrid)
– Barry Schwabsky (art critic, Artforum, New York) 
Monday 14 March – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GMT
“The Art Fair Ecosystem”
– Amanda Coulson (former director VOLTA SHOW)
– Joanna Kamm (director Liste Art Fair Basel)
Wednesday 16 March – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GMT
“Art Fairs as Instruments of Soft Power in the Contemporary Art and Culture Landscape”
Alain Quemin (sociologist of art, Paris)
– Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
(collector, Turin)
Monday 21 March – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GMT
“The Gallery and Collector’s Perspective: Planning your Fair Participation”
– Sabrina Amrani (Founder and Director of Galería Sabrina Amrani, Madrid)
– Alain Servais (in
vestment banker and collector, Brussels)
Wednesday 23 March – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GMT
“Looking Forward: The Future of Art Fairs in a (Post-)Pandemic Environment”
– Mario Cader-Frech (collector, founder of Y:ES Contemporary, Miami)
– Nanna Hjortenberg (director Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen)
– Dyala Nusseibeh (director Art Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi)

The Details

Course Dates:
March 9 – 23, 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays
1-2.30 pm ET / 6-7.30 pm GMT / 7-8.30 pm CET
Course Fee:
Registrations should be made through Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s online course catalogue.
Click here to register.
Contact us at talking@talkinggalleries.com or directly with the SIA’s team at online@sia.edu.

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