Let’s start this article by answering the question you are probably thinking: what is an art fair? In essence, an art fair is a big trade show for everyone in the art industry. Artists and galleries come an exhibit their work while dealers, curators and collectors peruse the offerings and make deals. This is where you can buy art before it gets added to someone’s private collection or hung up in a museum. They are busy, noisy and sometimes quite confusing events but they are invariably exciting.
But, an art fair is more than just a shopping mall – it is a way for the public to keep up with what is going on in the art world. Wading through miles of artwork might sound tiresome but it is the perfect way to get to grips with the latest trends, to make sure you always have your finger on the pulse. You don’t need to buy anything – you just need to observe.
Of course, not everything you see at an art fair is going to be the highest quality masterpiece but that is all part of the fun. You never know if what you buy now is going to be worth millions in the future or fade into obscurity – that’s the risk you take with art dealing. Whatever the case, if it looks nice hanging in your bedroom then you will have accomplished something.
Think you might be interested in checking out an art fair? Here are some of the most prominent art fairs around the world.
Pretty much everyone in the know has heard of Art Basel – it is one of the most important art fairs around. The city of Basel, which sits on the border of France, Germany and Switzerland, erupts in a spectacle of colour as the fair takes over for a whole week. The fair has been such a success that there are now sister fairs that take place in Miami and Hong Kong, so that everyone can get a piece of the action.
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Being exhibited at this art fair is a dream come true for any aspiring artist. The event takes place in Manhattan, New York and is usually spread over multiple days. This year, almost 200 international galleries showed up to present artwork from all different genres and styles. There is a lot to get through at this fair, but if you have the time, it is well worth a visit.
With shows in both London and New York, Frieze has the two of the main art hubs of the world covered. At each of the shows, visitors have the chance to buy art from up and coming young artists as well established masters. The art work on offer, in their words, ranges from “emerging to iconic”. There are also a number of projects and talks throughout the event for keen art lovers.
Every year, Hong Kong comes alive to the sound of art dealers oohing and ahhing over the creations of Asia’s finest artists at Art Central. This art fair is one of the best of its kind, with hundreds of galleries getting involved, the majority of which hail from Asia Pacific. The show tries to include pieces from every walk of life to showcase just how diverse and exciting the contemporary art market is.