The seventh edition of BADA, the art fair that connects artist and buyer directly, returns to Buenos Aires this coming long weekend, running from October 12 to 15.
Buenos Aires Directo de Artista, one of the city’s more accessible art fairs, aims to eliminate the middleman between the purchaser and artist, bypassing galleries to put the artist and public in direct contact with each other.
“Speaking with the artist is a unique experience,” says Ana Spinetto, an artist and one of the fair's creators. “At BADA, visitors are able to personally meet artists and talk about what they may have in common. For the artist, it’s an exciting opportunity to hear what potential buyers think of their work, as well as what excites them about their individual pieces.”
Encouraging feedback between customers and artists is at the heart of what the fair aspires to do, as well as placing the artist at the forefront of the selling process.
“We want BADA to be a commercial platform, we understand that many artists struggle with this aspect, and believe that artists should be in charge of managing their own career, and consider it their own business. They should know how to sell," said Spinetto.
With good reason too – it’s estimated that traditional galleries take up to 30-50 percent of the selling price of each piece.
For this year’s edition around 250 artists – both well-known names and emerging new talents – will be exhibiting their best artwork, as well as showing at least 10 smaller pieces with a maximum price tag of 3,500 pesos. The idea being that the public will be able to purchase art at more accessible prices than usual. With all pieces being original works, these smaller pieces are a fantastic opportunity to acquire unique pieces from some of Argentina's most well-known contemporary artists.
Throughout the duration of the fair, there’ll also be opportunities for the public to participate in activities and workshops. Examples include an intensive muralism workshop led by Alfredo Segatori which runs the entire long weekend, as well as an interactive performance titled A Tajo, a work created by six female activists who make up the performance group Sobretodo. A live sculpture workshop led by Mónica Sartori will also take place on each day.
The BADA Art Fair takes place at the Predio Ferial de Palermo, La Rural (Av. Sarmiento & Av. Santa Fé) from Friday, October 12 to Monday, October 15. Entry is 200 pesos, but children under 12 get in free.