Art & Object editor-in-chief Jeremy Howell notes that when planning this first fair, his team reviewed the works of countless emerging artists. “When we finally settled on this group of artists, we felt confident that they represented art's leading edge. We are providing our audience with a unique opportunity to discover artists at the beginning of their careers."
Howell says that virtual fairs began to appear in earnest during the pandemic, but the comfort level with technology has evolved. “No one would disagree that art is best viewed in person. But ‘in person’ is not always possible. Online provides a unique way to view art in an accessible way, and we believe seeing art fairs curated in this way has a strong future. As the world emerges from the pandemic years, Art & Object expects an unprecedented period of creativity. Some of history’s greatest cultural eras arrived on the heels of a crisis. Art & Object’s goal is to help drive the conversation about art and facilitate connections between artists and collectors during this important time."
Howell reflects, “A former art history professor once asked me to describe Art & Object's editorial direction, and I jokingly said 'forward.' We think our vFairs are not just a step forward, but also a step in the right direction."