The fair’s “Collaborations” section is also a riot of gems and surprises, with galleries teaming up to present some of their strongest works in dialogue with one another. Clages
and Rob Tufnell
’s intense and colorful booth is a case in point, showcasing works by
to splashy effect—the joint booth has already sold nine works.
Overall, the quality of work at Art Cologne this year is very high and, because the fair is rather small, the general experience is quite pleasant and relaxed, even with all of the first day bustle. Speaking to attendees and gallerists, a topic that has been the leitmotif of many of this year’s European fairs emerged once again: The traditional fair format, with hundreds of galleries amassed in a frenetic circus, perhaps no longer works and should be reconsidered. It’s evident that more and more people wish for more intimate events that allow for proper conversations and the ability to experience artworks calmly.