The art world is in an epic period of growth, but for most people it feels like the art world has just been turned upside down.
We’re not talking about the boom in the visual arts, which have been booming in the US and around the world, but about the art-world’s biggest art event, the International Art Fair (IFA), which has been running since 1894.
The art world was a relatively young place, but it’s also one that was shaped by the globalisation of the 20th century.
The art fair was one of the first events to be held on American soil, and for many years it was one the first things Americans were exposed to in a foreign country.
The IFA opened on June 23, 1894, and has since become an international showcase of art and design.
But the art fairs history is still fraught with controversy, as well as a number of conflicts.
In the mid-19th century, art fair organisers tried to introduce fairs that were more ‘American’-style, with exhibits based on the American west and an emphasis on a more traditional form of art.
They failed, and this led to a more restrictive style of art for the future.
Then, in the 1950s, the world changed when America and the Soviet Union began to fall apart.
The world lost its industrial and military power and became a more globalised place.
By the early 1960s, American art was becoming increasingly global, with art lovers around the globe flocking to New York and Paris to see the works of art that were emerging from the Soviet bloc.
So the art industry in the late 1940s and early 1950s was in a very precarious situation.
And it wasn’t just artists that were worried.
Artists were concerned about the changing culture, and the changing ideas about art.
Art was not a luxury.
It was a way of life.
During this period, a number art students started to take up painting and began to work on their own.
I think that’s why the art community became very conscious about the importance of an art festival.
Artists and art lovers needed to take part, because they were part of the fabric of this new world, which was going through the transition from industrial to globalisation.
When I was growing up in New York, I remember one of my favourite childhood memories was when my mother and father took me to the local fair to see my aunt and uncle’s work.
These were the kind of things that were really important to me, and it’s been a big part of my life ever since.
But when the time came to launch the IFA in 2020, the art festival was suddenly cancelled.
What do you think art is today?
Are there any art festivals that are going ahead that you’d like to see?
If you’ve got any advice for someone who’s just starting out, or who’s struggling to get into the art scene, I’d love to hear it!