Contemporary craft and design fair Collect moves its 17th edition online, while FIAC, the Contemporary art event in Paris, launches its inaugural edition of FIAC Online Viewing Rooms.
Collect, which was established in 2004 by the Crafts Council, brings together an international group of specialist galleries showcasing works made in the past five years. These creations span many craft disciplines including ceramics, glass, lacquer, art jewellery, precious metalwork, textiles and wood. The fair is usually held in London’s Somerset House.
This year Collect 2021 brings together more than 400 artists presented by 32 galleries, each with an online ‘booth’ to display artists’ work for sale hosted by the online platform Artsy.
Among the items on offer is an 11in (28cm) high porcelain Coral Flower (2020) by Copenhagen-based ceramicist Sandra Davolio (b.1951), priced at £6250 from J Lohmann Gallery in New York.
UK participants include Alveston Fine Arts, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Design- Nation and House on Mars Gallery.
Running alongside the virtual fair, the Crafts Council’s own channels will feature free digital and virtual events, talks and tours, running from February 26-March 2. The fair will remain on Artsy until March 26, giving buyers a longer opportunity to purchase work.
FIAC Online Viewing Rooms opens from March 4 (10am CET), and runs to March 7, with a VIP launch from March 2-4.
Powered by technology firm Artlogic, the online platform will host some 200 emerging and established galleries in the fields of Contemporary art and Modern art and design.
The platform allows visitors to discover galleries’ dedicated pages, browse artworks and view works to scale with ‘View on a Wall’ technology, among other features.
Taking part is the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, which presents a series of paintings and works on paper by Jacqueline de Jong (b.1939).
Made in Paris in the 1960s, the works emerged from the Dutch artist’s involvement with a network of radical artists during this decade of wider social change. Untitled (1964), a 19½ x 14in (49 x 35cm) gouache from the period, is priced around €20,000.
The 47th edition of FIAC is scheduled for October 21-24 at temporary venue Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars in Paris where the fair has decamped to while the Grand Palais undergoes renovations.