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Loren Kronemyer, installation sale sheet as at 9pm Thursday 16 Feb., Michael Bugelli Gallery. Photo: Michael Bugelli

Melbourne Art Fair

19 Feb 2022
Michael Bugelli Gallery, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka, Fine Arts, Sydney 17 Feb - 20 Feb 2022

The thing about an art fair is that it makes an economic microcosm out of a surrounding arts ecology. In the case of MAF, the macro environment is about sixty Australian commercial art galleries and their satellites, both public and private: ACMI, bookstores and art presses, beverage companies like Glenfiddich(?), Nepenthe Winery, Melbourne’s List G barristers. However, the principal partner for the MAF, bennelong, is a Melbourne-based funds manager inexplicably named—I’m guessing—for the eighteenth-century interlocutor between the British Crown and people of the Eora Nation during the British colonisation of New South Wales. Charming.

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