Yesterday, there was a queue of people waiting to get into the Fira de Barcelona to see the Swab art fair. It is testament to the determination of the organisers, the Diez-Cascón family, who 11 years ago began the fair without the help of either galleries or public institutions. Swab was a breath of fresh air when it began, and after falling off in popularity, has returned strongly with a great edition this year that ends today at 8pm.
The 11th edition of the Swab fair has seen the participation of some 60 galleries in an event that does not present art as something only for the wealthy. There were works on sale for 2,000 euros, with none exceeding 25,000 euros.
A highlight of the fair has been its complementary programmes, such as Ephemeral, showing works that curator Caterina Almirall has brought together from the Creation Factories of Barcelona, such as Hangar, La Escocesa and Fabra i Coats.