Michael Franks, Chief Operating Officer, dmg world media, along with Mark Lyman, former Vice-President, dmg world media's Art & Antiques Fairs and SOFA Founding Director have purchased the three internationally renowned International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fairs, SOFA CHICAGO, SOFA NEW YORK and SOFA WEST: Santa Fe from dmg world media.
"SOFA Fairs have grown well until this current economic downturn, but even so, have been less badly affected than most other art fairs," says Michael Franks
"Moreover, it's an important event in the arts calendar for our client galleries specializing in artworks bridging contemporary decorative, fine art and design.
We count on each other for success.
Franks is a 30- year veteran of the trade show business and now serves as President of The Art Fair Company.
Mark Lyman, Vice-President of the new company, says, "Michael and I share a deep commitment to the SOFA Fairs and their potential for growth.
concludes, "Mark and I look forward to working closely with SOFA galleries and dealers, the many attending collector/museum groups, and the arts-interested public to build the brand, as well as become a growing service provider to other art fairs."