Clio Art Fair: The Fair Blessed by the Muse of History
Clio Art Fair definitely introduced, a new formula, a new experience in the Art fair industry. It has created a new model, a structure for showcasing artworks. Clio’s high standards include that every detail is curated in the fair. It also has a sales team of agents who represent artists who are not present at the fair and helps them to sell their works. Clio supports the participating artists during the whole process from the selection of pieces to the placement on walls, during the fair and beyond. Clio art fair is definitely a unique platform to highlight independent artists. This year it took place the 8th edition in Chelsea, Manhattan with the goals to showcase the careers and achievements of independent artists. Founded in 2014, Clio Art Fair specifically targets independent artists with no exclusive NYC gallery representation. The art fair focuses on contemporary art and interventions created by these artists world-wide.
In Greek mythology, Clio or Kleio, is the muse of history. The name is etymologically derived from the Greek root κλέω/κλείω meaning “to recount,” “to celebrate,” or “to make famous.”
Clio Art Fair empowers artists by providing a platform where they can make their voices heard and also identify their creativity and inner potential. This year, Clio art fair showcased 79 artists from all over the world.
Being held twice per year, in March and October, Clio Art Fair's primary goal is to create a direct dialogue between artists and art collectors, artists as well as the curators. Clio integrates work from emerging, middle career, and iconic independent artists – in the past, Vito Acconci, Nina Berman, and Zana Brinsky have been among them – in a unified space. When selecting the works on view, emphasis is placed on the quality of work, rather than the artist’s prior exhibition history.
Condensed to one floor, there is enough art to see a variety without getting overwhelmed. While different media are represented, the majority are paintings and two dimensional mixed media works. Some of the most exciting art on display includes geometric pieces made of thread, oil paintings with many layers, and multimedia abstract paintings.
There was also be a special section ‘I want to go Home’ curated by the Founder Alessandro Berni, which featured the works of Alessandro Penso, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilbert Salinas, Roberto Curras, Ali Anvari, Laura Mega, and Ponie O. This special section of the edition is an exclusive dedication to the figure of clandestine and refugees, as well as examining the physical and mental boundaries - present geographically in the world.