Philippe Leblanc, MAYANACCI GOLD. Courtesy of the Accessible Art Fair, New York.
"Brussels has been going through such hardship lately," said MvVO ART founder Maria van Vlodrop in a phone interview. Vlodrop is also the co-founder of the US edition. "This is a really happy occasion and an opportunity to get people to feel good about Brussels again."
Like 4heads' long-running Governors Island Art Fair and new Portal art fair, the Accessible Art fair bypasses galleries and art dealers to work with artists directly, providing collectors the opportunity to discover unrepresented talent from around the world.
Emerging and mid-career artists will sell work from $2,000–20,000, and the fair will not charge a commission for sales.
"I think it's a very compelling mission," said van Vlodrop. "It feels good to give such talented artists a platform to show their work to an art-buying public."
The jury consists of Manasseh, Kevin Doyle (Sotheby's), Shaune Arp (Gagosian Gallery), Ann Lydecker Bunge (Christie's Collectrium), Rachel Rees (Sutton), Rozalia Jovanovic (editor-in-chief of artnet News), gallerist Joyce Varvatos, and art advisors Shari Brownfield and Sophie Clauwaert, who chose 60 artists, hailing from 12 different countries.