This year’s ‘Melbourne Art Fair’ (MAF) presents a curated selection of works by some of the most exciting established and emerging artists from 40 leading galleries across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The Fair will take place from 2 to 5 August in a temporary structure in the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
As the flagship event of the biennial ‘Melbourne Art Week’, 30 July to 5 August – produced by Melbourne Art Foundation – MAF has partnered with over 50 galleries and institutions with a colourful calendar of talks, tours, events and performances celebrating contemporary art and encouraging discourse. Philip Tinari, Director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), will deliver the Melbourne Art Week Keynote on Tuesday 31 July at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.
MAF’s main show sector, ‘Galleries’, comprises solo presentations and thematised group shows by contemporary practitioners from a selective group of established galleries, while ‘Accent’ introduces the Australasian art world to emerging artists of any age. A new proposal-based platform, ‘Time’, showcases five time-based works, including moving image, sound and performance art, across five Melbourne locations. Experimental art is represented via The Project Rooms – a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces – featuring presentations from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, The Physics Room, Christchurch, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne. Additionally, the 2018 Melbourne Art Foundation Commission recipient Ronnie van Hout will unveil his ambitious large-scale work at MAF.
The Collector First View and opening night Vernissage will take place on Wednesday 1 August.