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Visitors to Art Gwangju regarded the fair as 'a kind of museum exhibition'

More officials than collectors?

The first edition of Art Gwangju, a contemporary art and design fair hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, was held at South Korea's Kimdaejung Convention Center (1-5 September). Sales for the fair were at a minimum with most gallerists, including Jang-eun Lee of the New York and South Korea-based Gana Art Gallery, complaining that there were “no collectors”, and that “most visitors regarded Art Gwangju as a kind of museum exhibition”. Taking advantage of high-profile visitors to the nearby Gwangju Biennale (3 September-7 November), the fair hosted panel discussions with guests including artist Ai Weiwei and Miami collectors Don and Mera Rubell.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as ‘More officials than collectors?'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 217 October 2010