The Economy of the Gift, A Foundation, Liverpool
Collectors Salon 9 April 2010
Exhibition continues 9 April - 22 May 2010
T he Economy of the Gift is the first annual event in A Foundation’s Economy project. It is a forum for sales and agora for ideas about the economics of art as a commodity with the most complex parameters of value. The core idea being to focus on the curatorial, as much as the economic contribution galleries make to the visual arts. For collectors The Economy of the Gift is based on values of intimacy, intensity and a quality of experience. “ The idea of art as gift needs no further explanation to me. The value of art is intellectual and emotional and those values are not related to monetary ones.” Celine Andréhn; Director Andréhn - Scheptjenko,
Four English galleries from outside the London Orbital were asked to
select four international partners. Participants then select an artist represented by their partner for exhibition in A Foundation Liverpool’s iconic galleries. In this process a discourse is created at which the concept of the gift is at the heart of the exchange.
The opening weekend will include a VIP programme, public preview and
Collectors Salon in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Society and
other public events.
Participating galleries are:
• Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
• Bureau, Manchester
• Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
• Freymond-Guth & Co Fine Arts, Zurich
• The International 3, Manchester
• Ivan Gallery, Bucharest
• Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, New York
• Workplace Gallery, Gateshead
The artists exhibited:Jacob Dahlgren, Mark Harasimowicz, Rebecca Lennon, Elodie Pong, Brass Art, Geta Bratescu, Shaun O’ Dell and Eric Bainbridge.
The Economy series is supported by: Arts Council England, Esmée
Fairbairn Foundation, Liverpool City Council, North West Development
Agency, Romanian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Sweden, Swiss Cultural
Fund in Britain and Contemporary Art Society.
Saatchi Online, the Saatchi Gallery's website founded in 2006 to provide artists with a free platform to show their work to a global audience, will be exhibiting a selection of artists from the north of England. Entitled Northern Stars, the exhibition will present outstanding work by artists from Birmingham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. All the works in the exhibition will be for sale. Northern Stars at The Economy
follows on from the success of Saatchi Online shows at international
art fairs including Zoo, London; Scope, London and Basel; Pulse, New
York; and Al Bastakiya, Dubai.
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