Art Fairs

Young and Fair: VIP Art Fair Puts MFAs’ Artworks up for Sale Online

Nicole Maloof, Yale University School of Art, 'Monkey,' 2012 (Courtesy the artist and VIP MFA)

It’s late spring, time once again for the age-old tradition of the MFA thesis exhibition. Graduating art school students put on a final show of their work, in a rite of passage that marks the beginning of their lives as officially accredited artists, with all the struggles that entails: finding a studio, finding a gallery. The thesis shows, at least at the top-end schools like Columbia, Hunter and Yale, have also become a way for collectors and dealers to sniff out talent. It’s just a matter of making all those trips to all those schools. As of last week, there’s a brand new twist on the MFA thesis show, one that doesn’t involve any schlepping. VIP MFA, which launched last Friday, is the first-ever juried art fair that gives arts professionals and collectors a crack at the new talent emerging from 58 art schools around the world, from Manhattan to Mumbai—and it happens entirely online. Read More

Art Fairs

VIP Art Fair’s Art-School Edition Names Top 10 MFA Candidates

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Chris Hood, Dequeue, 2012

VIP MFA, the first juried art fair for students, which opens online tomorrow, announced today its top 10 candidates. Of these 10, the top three will win awards from $5,000 to $15,000, which they will share with their school.

The fair, which is something of a hybrid of the art fair and the MFA thesis exhibition, will run on the VIP Art Fair platform from June 1 to June 8. It will feature the work of 100 students who were selected from a pool of 380 from some of the world’s top MFA programs. The six judges are Matthew Higgs (White Columns), RoseLee Goldberg (Performa), Joachim Pissarro (Hunter), Diana Al-Hadid (artist), Kate Fowle (Independent Curators International) and O Zhang (artist). Read More