Australasia's premier art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2021 gallery list
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Australasia's premier art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2021 gallery list
Bill Culbert, Strait (White Red Grey Yellow Black Blue) 2015 Fluorescent light, plastic bottles, 30 x 120 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

SYDNEY.- Sydney Contemporary today announced a strong line-up of more than 85 Australian and New Zealand galleries that will participate in the sixth edition of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th September 2021, Sydney Contemporary will be the first major art fair presented in Australia since 2019 and will feature works by more than 400 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand.

The past five editions of Sydney Contemporary have attracted more than 112,000 visitors and recorded more than AU$80million in art sales, with 2021 set to continue to build on those figures.

Sydney Contemporary Founder Tim Etchells said: “We are delighted to present a stellar line-up of galleries for the sixth edition of Sydney Contemporary, which promises to be our strongest Fair yet. The Fair provides the largest concentration of art sales annually in Australia and we expect 2021 to be no exception.”

Leading galleries returning in 2021 include Sydney’s CHALKHORSE, Darren Knight Gallery, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary, Michael Reid, OLSEN, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sullivan+Strumpf, The Commercial and Yavuz Gallery, as well as Melbourne's Alcaston Gallery, Neon Parc, Niagara Galleries, STATION and This is No Fantasy. From New Zealand, Gow Langsford Gallery and PAULNACHE return, along with Brisbane’s Edwina Corlette and GAGPROJECTS and Hugo Michell Gallery from Adelaide.

A diverse line-up of international artists will be presented at the 2021 Fair. Auckland’s STARKWHITE, in partnership with leading Los Angeles gallery 1301PE, will present American artists Petra Cortright, Pae White and Thai artist Rikrit Tiravanija; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the late New Zealand artist Bill Culbert and London based sculptor Renee So; acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge will be on view at Justin Miller Fine Art; and Vermillion Art will feature works by leading Chinese artists Li Jin, Chen Wenling, Lin Chunyan and Yang Jinsong.

Fox Jensen Gallery presents German artist Jan Albers and Israeli artist Liat Yossifor; PIERMARQ* will show American painter Doug Argue, French painter Bertrand Fournier, German painter Yvonne Robert and Netherlands based Chinese artist Zhuang Hong Yi; whilst new Brisbane based gallery ILEANA Contemporary - specialising in editioned work by internationally renowned artists - will present Sol LeWitt, Christopher Wool, Bridget Riley, Wang Guangyi, Tony Lewis and Cornelia Parker.

Sydney Contemporary Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis said: “Sydney Contemporary 2021 brings together an incredible list of international and local contemporary artists presented by some of the most exciting galleries operating today. The Fair promises something for everyone - whether you’re a serious collector, an art curious buyer or just looking to immerse yourself in an incredible art viewing experience at one of the world’s best venues, Carriageworks - it will be one not to be missed!”

A strong series of solo artist presentations will feature in this year’s Fair, including Vincent Namatjira at This is No Fantasy, Joshua Yeldham at Arthouse Gallery, Juan Davila at Kalli Rolfe Contemporary and Reko Rennie at KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT. Australian Galleries will present a significant 18 metre-long painting by award-winning Australian artist Mary Tonkin.

2021 Indigenous artist highlights include APY Art Centre Collective, presenting work from the Art Centres of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands of Central Australia and Alcaston Gallery who will exhibit work by acclaimed female artists such as Nonggirrnga Marawili, the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Betty Kuntiwa Pumani. Utopia Art Sydney will showcase works spanning 50 years of Papunya Tula artists whilst new gallery Mangkaja Arts of Fitzroy Crossing in Australia’s far north-west, will present John Prince Siddon at Sydney Contemporary for the first time.

New galleries to the Fair showcasing early career artists include Melbourne’s Gertrude Contemporary’s presentation of editioned works by Brent Harris, Mira Gojak and Jon Campbell; Brisbane’s Onespace Gallery exhibiting work by Dan Elborne and Nicola Scott; and Perth’s KAMILÉ GALLERY who will present new work designed to be accessible to visually impaired audiences, created by Nigel Laxton together with VisAbility Australia.

The National Art School returns with a range of recent graduates, whilst Hobart’s Michael Bugelli Gallery, Thirroul’s Egg & Dart, Sydney’s Curatorial+Co. and Melbourne’s MARS Gallery all present a range of emerging artists.

The 2021 curator of the popular Installation Contemporary has been announced as Annika Kristensen, Senior Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, including moving-image, or more ambitious and conceptually driven projects that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, Installation Contemporary presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

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