The ART- Cologne fair was an interesting experience, taking place for the 52nd time, and running from 18 - 22 April 2018. The weather was sizzling hot, deep blue sky, and a shock to the system after cold and wintry London. More than 200 galleries from 33 countries took part. Had I not been able to speak German, I might have been a bit lost however. The series of interesting talks were all held in German; the majority of visitors were German.
The German collector market is so different. There are more mid-range buyers, who buy consistently, and solid prices, and who are educated about the artists they collect. They don't need an art adviser.
The fair was started in 1967 by gallerists Hein Stunke and David Zwirner who has galleries all over the world. His gallery was showing "Gazing Ball" by Jeff Koons. London'd White Cube presented a dot painting by Damien Hirst.
The Neumarkt section featured 27 international galleries, focusing on a new generation of galleries, offering new work by established and emerging artists. Art Cologne director Daniel Hug said that there is always a section where they have young galleries at reduced rates. Here London gallerist Rob Tufnell, exhibited paintings by British artist Edward Kay.