The Art Markets opens in Milan


© Photo Lucia Leuci

Our long-term partner The Art Markets offers advertisement free art reviews and is proud of being totally independent in its editorial choices. After years in the net, last week, the team inaugurated their first space within the physical realm with the support of numerous publishers and all artists that have been collaborating with The Art Markets since its creation in 2009. Located in Milan’s via Panfilo Castaldi 4, the space will serve both as an editorial office and a cozy hide-away where to find the best of independent European press in town, available for everyone to buy. The fundings obtained from the sales in the space will be re-invested in other editorial initiatives. Also expect performances and DJ sets to animate the city’s foggy nights.

“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 they 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, Cura, Humboldt, Kaleidoscope Press, Motto, Mousee Publishing, Nero, North South East West Press, Occulto, Pop Up Press, Sect Et Sept, Yes I am writing a book, 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.”

The Art Markets is a project founded and directed by Ingrid Melano. With the kind support of Sini Rinne-Kanto and Martina Alemani. Plus the contribution of Luca Castiglioni and Stefano Calligaro.

The Art Markets ~ ¥oung €uropeans about Contemporary Art

 by Ingrid Melano