Buy art? Sydney Contemporary counts on a buying spree

“Destroyed. Canceled. At the end of the day. Stopped. Swan song. Terminated. That’s all. That’s it. The end.”

These words – all synonymous with “the end” – are spoken eerily by Siri’s voice over three bright window frames constructed to replicate the facade of the Sirius Building at The Rocks.

‘She Predicted the Weather’ by Justene William at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.Credit:Janie Barrett

Callum Morton’s artwork, on display at this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, focuses on the building’s trajectory from a housing commission block to a slice of luxury real estate with a loft worth 35 million dollars.

Thursday marks the fair’s return after “two years and 51 weeks,” said director Barry Keldoulis.

“One of the interesting things about the fair will be to see which works actually deal with the disruption of the past two years, and which artists have already put this behind them and are looking forward to it,” Keldoulis said.

He expects 26,000 art collectors, buyers and art lovers to attend the fair, which features artwork from nearly 100 galleries and 34 countries. For the first time, all participating galleries are from Australia and New Zealand only.

The fair will also feature works by students from the National School of Art and the Michael Reid Gallery, from Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter, is the first regional gallery invited to the fair.

Before the fair, some pieces are still covered with fresh paint, the ceramics are waiting to be put in the oven and the performances still have to be choreographed.

“A museum exhibition takes years to set up, whereas an art fair is very contemporary,” Keldoulis said. “An artist can say to the gallery, ‘Here’s a new work,’ and they put it in the back of a truck and it’s at the fair in a few days.”

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