The Art Fair Industrial Complex

Last May in Berlin, The New York Times brought together a select group of the world’s most distinguished art experts and influencers —from dealers and gallery owners to architects, museum directors and curators, from auctioneers and collectors to art industry advisers and corporate executives. IC's Christian Kaspar Schwarm was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the art fair industrial complex. With gallery foot traffic declining and art fairs proliferating, the questions keep coming: How many fairs is too many? How can galleries keep up? Will there be a shakeout? And what can a fair do to distinguish itself in an ever more crowded field?

Elizabeth Dee, Independent
Christian Kaspar Schwarm, IC
Marc Spiegler, Art Basel
Scott Reyburn, The New York Times