We opened yesterday our physical space in via Panfilo Castaldi 4, in Milan. New editorial office of The Art Markets, the space will offer a cozy spot where to find the best of independent European press in town, with the support of various publishers and of all the artists that collaborated at The Art Markets since 2009, year of its foundation. Performances and dj sets will animate the Milanese foggy nights, and The Art Markets’ merchandising will be available for everyone. The Art Markets website offers art reviews totally advertisement free: proud of being totally independent in their editorial choices. The fundings obtained from the sales in the space will be re-invested in other editorial initiatives.
The Art Markets’ desire is to create a place of encounter for the younger generations, a cool spot where to get inspiration from, where to find new ideas from abroad, a living space where to party and have a good time. A cozy room where to find new friends. A posh isolation. Milan, which really lacks of cool bookshops, has to get international and burn, especially in concomitance with the Expo, and The Art Markets will be fuel for that. The bookshop will be focused on artist books, catalogues, design and illustration, Japanese photo books, magazines, theoretic books and zines, and we promise not to forget about fashion. Periodically publications will be presented at The Art Markets space with the artworks or artists featured at a time, including presentations and book launches.
All the visitors are welcome to interact in the new space, to talk about their new projects, which can eventually be presented on The Art Markets’ website. Books and magazines must be needed, touched, consumed and not just watched. To cite just a few of the publishers that will be available in the bookstore: Antenne Publishing, BUTT, Bergen Kunsthall, Bronze Age Editions, Bywater Bros, Cura, Conveyor Editions, Dashwood Books, Ditto Press, Dobedo, Confessions, Edition Patrick Frey, Editions Taube, Etudes Books, Fourteen Nineteen, Getsuyosha, Gottlund Verlag, Humboldt, Kaleidoscope Press, Kaugummi, Livraison, Mousse Publishing, Nieves, Oslo Editions, Printed Matter, Shelter Press, Taka Ishii, The Ice Plant, The Velvet Cell, Torpedo Press, the selection will change every month according to the patterns of demand.
The Art Markets was born in 2009 as the first European website of contemporary art in the warm and welcoming salons of Milan. The TAM guys are traveling, a lot. Interviews, reviews, press coverages, Skype sessions and studio visits are just some of the activities they enjoy doing together. And to this they associate a series of on paper editorial collaborations with various international magazines. The concept of market derives from the Greek Agorà, the main meeting point of the ancient Polis, the center of public life. That’s also where the logo comes from. And that’s why the guys chose the location of Repubblica, a urban square for exchange of ideas and arguments. The Art Markets is first and foremost a talent scout program for young artists, but also a European window for established artists.