"Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art. Verge exists to establish boundaries of the extraordinary as a counter to the natural compulsion towards stagnation in the way art is evaluated and delivered to the public. Staying true to this necessary state for the advancement of art requires a sustained focus on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. The satisfaction of this fixed requirement for a healthy and competitive artistic culture is at the core of Verge as an international exposition of the highest quality artistic production and the galleries, museums and audiences who sustain it.
Verge is an ongoing experiment in art, markets, ideas and the art culture.
This abstract, written in 2009, encapsulates the simple philosophy behind Verge. While Verge in fact has operated only as an art fair throughout the inaugural years of its development, it has always functioned as a public experiment. Galleries and exhibitors pay for space, basically utilizing the "real estate" fair model to present artworks for sale, as every art fair in the world does. In exchange, we have striven to maintain the focus of the experiment on the development of artistic ideas.
The product of a writer--Michael Workman--and an artist--Edouard Steinhauer--the intial vision to take the fair model into experimental territory, beyond the trading floor concept, has served to converge audience and participant expectations alike. Form and content need not operate out of alignment. Verge plays with the practice of an art fair by making art available through special programs, such as Tomorrow Stars and specially-devised artist's platforms, to provide something more for living artists: an objective and critically evaluated opportunity to participate in the marketplace on the merit of their own ideas. Without this component, visual art offers only a partial way of viewing the impulse to imagination, which is not possible without appeal to the flaws and brilliant turns in our humanity. That's the true cost of admission in pursuit of something better. Verge works with museums, galleries, art schools, critics, collectors, academics, curators and artists alike to strive to provide a compelling reflection on the public discussion of who we are today.
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