SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 13
Thousands of people attended the opening Sydney Contemporary 13 at Carriageworks last night. While this means that Sydney’s brand new art fair has gone off with a big bang and can already be considered a major success, it poses a few problems for the punters. Firstly its nigh impossible to see any art on the opening night, but that is usually the case anyway, and of course its damn hard to get a drink. With mammoth queues and precipice steep bar prices we were as sober as we have ever been at an occasion of this nature. (But fear not folks it didn’t last long). But the evening should not to be judged by the alcohol intake because for the Social Pages it’s about the people and the photographs … and what a treat they are. Both Nat and Dave love photographing in Sydney because its just SO easy. Sydney siders have a tendency to throw themselves before our cameras … some with gay abandon. The atmosphere at the opening was electric (sorry about the cliche) and the absence of shy people made our attendance both rewarding and extremely satisfying. We may have even made some new friends – time will tell. Now … there is a vast array of art from galleries from all over the world and something to break everyone’s bank. If you are looking for work by Australia’s most censored artist, Paul Yore – don’t hold your breath. His site specific installation was removed in time for the early influx of VIPS as it apparently contravenes NSW laws …. but hey rumour has it that the work may have been sold already. Nothing quite like an art scandal to get the newspapers going and crank up the sales. Sydney Contemporary 13 runs until September 22 – its not for long so get on down to Carriage works !