Here’s Our Definitive Guide to All the Art Fairs Taking Place Around the World in the First Half of 2020

Here’s Our Definitive Guide to All the Art Fairs Taking Place Around the World in the First Half of 2020

The roaring ’20s are upon us, and there are enough art fairs on the calendar to keep everyone prosperous.

Artnet7 days ago

How To Survive Travelling To An Art Fair When You Are Broke

How To Survive Travelling To An Art Fair When You Are Broke

Art fairs are stressful, fun and exhausting, but they’re also hard on your pocket, from overpriced food and coffee, to the expensive locations, and parties.

The Art Gorgeous9 days ago

Newcomers and stalwarts: highlights from the 2020 fair calendar

Newcomers and stalwarts: highlights from the 2020 fair calendar

It may be hard to believe, but Art Basel (13-16 June) is turning 50 this year. The fair was founded in 1970 by a trio of Swiss dealers: Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner and Balz Hilt.

The Art Newspaper15 days ago

The Art Newspaper's comprehensive 2020 art fair guide

The Art Newspaper's comprehensive 2020 art fair guide

Whether you're a fair-tigued dealer, an avid collector or a hyper-organised art-lover, look no further than our 2020 Art Fair Calendar to plan your year ahead.

The Art Newspaper15 days ago

The Gray Market: Why the End of Art Berlin Reveals a Weakness in All Art Fairs (and Other Insights)

The Gray Market: Why the End of Art Berlin Reveals a Weakness in All Art Fairs (and Other Insights)

Our columnist unpacks the ways that real estate is just as important to trade fairs as to their exhibiting galleries.

Artneta month ago

Buyers of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Defend the Work as ‘the Unicorn of the Art World,’ Comparing It to Warhol’s Soup Cans

Buyers of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Defend the Work as ‘the Unicorn of the Art World,’ Comparing It to Warhol’s Soup Cans

The banana that sparked a deluge of think pieces and media hype at Art Basel Miami Beach last week shows no signs of slowing down. And those who dropped around $120,000 on their purchase of an edition of Marizio Cattelan’s Comedian—which is, as everyone now knows, a banana duct-taped to a wall—are now stepping forward to defend their purchases.

Artneta month ago

The Organizers of Berlin’s Most Important Art Fair Have Canceled All Future Editions Due to Financial Shortfalls

The Organizers of Berlin’s Most Important Art Fair Have Canceled All Future Editions Due to Financial Shortfalls

In a sudden but not entirely unexpected decision, Koelnmesse, the Cologne-based parent company of the Art Berlin art fair, has decided to call its quits on the city’s main art-industry event.

Artneta month ago

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Art Basel in Miami Beach was… bananas. The story of the week, for better or worse, was Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian, the banana duck-taped to the wall that sold for $120,000 (twice) and eventually became so popular it had to be prematurely removed.

Artneta month ago

Despite a Strong Miami Fair, Art Basel’s Parent Company MCH Group Is Under Pressure to Cut Costs and Streamline Its Business

Despite a Strong Miami Fair, Art Basel’s Parent Company MCH Group Is Under Pressure to Cut Costs and Streamline Its Business

It’s no secret that Art Basel parent company MCH Group has struggled with budget and management issues over the past year, including a recent decision to give up one of its two major divisions—providing services for live events—in order to more fully focus on fairs. But its troubles are far from over. New documents obtained by Artnet News reveal how the company is continuing to work to refine its approach amid mounting pressure from investors.

Artneta month ago

How the Unhinged Reaction to Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Revealed the Thin Line Between the Art World and Total Anarchy

How the Unhinged Reaction to Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Revealed the Thin Line Between the Art World and Total Anarchy

When Parisian gallery Perrotin unveiled Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 conceptual art piece of a real banana, duct taped to the wall, at Art Basel Miami Beach, it sent the meme factory into overdrive. Within minutes of the kick-off of the fair’s opening day, Cattelan was receiving texts from friends who were recreating the artwork at home. Almost instantly, it became a viral sensation.

Artneta month ago

The Gray Market: 3 Takeaways From the 2019 Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach (and Other Insights)

The Gray Market: 3 Takeaways From the 2019 Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach (and Other Insights)

Our columnist wraps up this year's Miami Art Week extravaganza, from sales, to parties, to, yes, because it's the law, that banana.

Artneta month ago

‘Tasting Good’: An Artist Just Ate One of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Bananas Off the Wall in Miami

‘Tasting Good’: An Artist Just Ate One of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Bananas Off the Wall in Miami

Maurizio Cattelan’s banana sculpture at Art Basel Miami Beach has taken on a life of its own. On Saturday, amid a crush of fairgoers, a performance artist successfully managed to nab, peel, and eat the conceptual fruit duct-taped to the wall of the booth of Perrotin Gallery. The New York-based artist David Datuna said the edible piece of art, priced between $120,000 to $150,000, tasted good, but he grumbled that there was too much tape.

Artneta month ago

Wet Paint: Art Basel Miami Beach Party Mania, the KAWS Whisperer, & More Juicy Art-World Gossip

Wet Paint: Art Basel Miami Beach Party Mania, the KAWS Whisperer, & More Juicy Art-World Gossip

Which celebrities attended the Dior show at the Rubell Museum? What art did Justin Bieber choose to sell at auction? Read on for answers.

Artneta month ago

The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach

The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach

One of the most talked-about artworks is a banana duct-taped to a wall. The piece is by none other than Maurizio Cattelan and aptly titled Comedian (2019); two of three editions were sold by Perrotin by the end of the VIP preview, each priced at $120,000. Below, we share some of our non-biodegradable favorites from the fair.

Artsya month ago

From $125,000 Robo-Snails to David Lynch’s Nightmare, Here Are 6 of the Best Artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

From $125,000 Robo-Snails to David Lynch’s Nightmare, Here Are 6 of the Best Artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

Art fairs can be so fun. Sure, they’re exhausting, and after a few hours of looking, walking, and talking you can feel your brain start to liquefy and your body turn to dust as if you just drank from the wrong chalice in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But where else can you imagine finding so much beauty, wonderment, food for thought, and oddness from all over the world around every corner?

Artneta month ago

Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP Opening Sees Brisk Sales, as $2.4 M. David Hammons, $1.7 M. Helen Frankenthaler Find Buyers

Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP Opening Sees Brisk Sales, as $2.4 M. David Hammons, $1.7 M. Helen Frankenthaler Find Buyers

It’s no secret that the global art market is alive and relatively well, especially in the air-conditioned bubble of the spacious Miami Beach Convention Center, where the V.I.P. vernissage of the 18th Art Basel Miami Beach fair took place Wednesday. As beautiful weather graced the city outside, 269 galleries offered primary and secondary market material.

Art Newsa month ago

Small Galleries Assess the Benefits of Big Art Fairs

Small Galleries Assess the Benefits of Big Art Fairs

For larger, more well-established galleries with big-name artists on their rosters, there is a nonchalant air to their booths — they know the drill. But for galleries that are showing for the first time, it can be a nerve-racking experience that can feel like an enormous gamble in terms of expense, but also a huge opportunity in exposure.

New York Timesa month ago

Here’s What VIPs Were Buying During Art Basel Miami Beach’s Leisurely Preview Day

Here’s What VIPs Were Buying During Art Basel Miami Beach’s Leisurely Preview Day

Some collectors said that the action felt more relaxed and that galleries were playing it safe. Still, VIP visitors flooded the preview day and the fair unveiled a big new initiative, its sweeping new “Meridians” section dedicated to elaborate, large-scale art installations in the second floor grand ballroom of the convention center. By most accounts, sales were off to a strong, though hardly frenzied, start right out of the gate.

Artneta month ago

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

When I started dating my now husband, the decor in his dorm apartment included a banana that he and his roommates had drunkenly taped to the wall. There it stayed all semester, through winter break, and then the end of finals. After their junior year, they took it down but saved it, only to once again display the shriveled husk in pride of place above the common room couch. Twelve years later, believe it or not, he still has it in a plastic bag somewhere in our apartment.

Artneta month ago

See the Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach’s Newest Section, Dedicated to Art That’s Just Too Awesome For an Art Fair

See the Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach’s Newest Section, Dedicated to Art That’s Just Too Awesome For an Art Fair

Ahead of today’s VIP opening of Art Basel Miami Beach, the fair unveiled its highly anticipated Meridians sector, featuring 34 large-scale artworks in the convention center’s second floor ballroom. Curated by Magalí Arriola, the director of Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo, Meridians gives galleries the chance to showcase works that might overwhelm a typical fair booth, including a number of historical pieces, some of which haven’t been shown in years.

Artneta month ago

Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2019

Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2019

Catch a strike for climate change, in addition to the yearly fairs, public art installations, and more. We suggest you arm yourself with a strong Cuban cafecito and take to exploring.

Hyperallergica month ago

From a New Platform for Massive Art to the MoMA Effect, Here’s What to Look for at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

From a New Platform for Massive Art to the MoMA Effect, Here’s What to Look for at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

It’s no secret that art fairs are as costly as they are crucial for midsize and mega-galleries alike. With the art world descending on South Florida for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair—now in its 18th edition—what does it take to sustain the exclusive must-see element of the event amid the many parties, sponsored dinners, and other noise that threatens to drown out the actual art?

Artnet2 months ago

Fees revamp brings new blood to Art Basel in Miami Beach

Fees revamp brings new blood to Art Basel in Miami Beach

To encourage smaller galleries to take part, Art Basel in Miami Beach rolls out its new sliding-scale fee structure this month, resulting in over a dozen galleries joining the main Galleries section for the first time.

The Art Newspaper2 months ago

Our Handy Guide to the 13 Key Art Fairs During Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2019

Our Handy Guide to the 13 Key Art Fairs During Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2019

Art Basel Miami Beach is back, as are the many satellite fairs joining it, bringing some 70,000 visitors to town when it opens next week. But since even the most seasoned fair goers may find themselves overwhelmed by the action, we’ve rounded up nearly all the fairs opening in Miami this month, from the main event to its sister fair (Design Basel) to the emerging startups. So keep this handy guide at your side to hit the ground running.

Artnet2 months ago

#TheArtFairsBestDressed Of 2019

#TheArtFairsBestDressed Of 2019

Sartorial art ladies and gents alike treat art fairs like the catwalk – although this comes to no surprise since they have a distinct feeling for aesthetics, textures, colours and shades. Artists, curators and gallerists from Paris to Tbilisi know a thing or two about putting a good outfit together, and here we show you our favourite looks from the art fairs of 2019.

The Art Gorgeous2 months ago

Frieze Los Angeles Reveals Exhibitors, L.A.-Focused Section for 2020 Edition

Frieze Los Angeles Reveals Exhibitors, L.A.-Focused Section for 2020 Edition

Following its first edition in Los Angeles, which brought 70 galleries to the city’s Paramount Studios lot last year, Frieze has detailed its 2020 L.A. fair. The exhibition, which is set to run from February 14 to 16, will take place once again at the famous backlot with just as many visitors as the year before

Art News2 months ago

As the Market Becomes Wary of Hong Kong, the West Bund and ART021 Fairs Boost Shanghai’s Status as an Art Hub

As the Market Becomes Wary of Hong Kong, the West Bund and ART021 Fairs Boost Shanghai’s Status as an Art Hub

In Asia, the art market’s seat of power has long been Hong Kong. In the six years since Art Basel Hong Kong put down roots in the city, a wave of mega-galleries from Europe and the US have scrambled to establish beachheads in the quickly expanding Asian theater of the global art-selling war.

Artnet2 months ago

Discover 6 Artists Who Impressed Curators and Collectors at the 2019 Edition of Paris Photo

Discover 6 Artists Who Impressed Curators and Collectors at the 2019 Edition of Paris Photo

“We have faithful collectors who come from abroad not for FIAC but for Paris Photo,” says the fair’s director Florence Bourgeois, referring to last month’s contemporary art fair, which was also held in the Grand Palais.

Artnet2 months ago

Art X Lagos 'pursues own mandate' as fair doubles in size

Art X Lagos 'pursues own mandate' as fair doubles in size

In its fourth edition, Nigerian event exhibits artists from 24 countries but maintains a focus on West Africa and growing local collector base

The Art Newspaper2 months ago

What Gives an Art Fair Staying Power? Turin’s Artissima Remains a Haven for Old-School Collectors After a Quarter-Century

What Gives an Art Fair Staying Power? Turin’s Artissima Remains a Haven for Old-School Collectors After a Quarter-Century

Now in its 26th edition, Artissima stands out in a crowded field of European art fairs held every fall because it is committed to serious art for serious collectors.

Artnet3 months ago

Artissima 2019 : Top 10 booths

Artissima 2019 : Top 10 booths

For more than 25 years Artissima has been Italy’s most enduring and important contemporary art fair, showcasing works from around 200 international galleries. We look at the top 10 booths at the Fair.

Artland Magazine3 months ago

Boston Art Book Fair Returns for its Third Year, November 8-10

Boston Art Book Fair Returns for its Third Year, November 8-10

Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega team up again to present the second largest Art Book Fair on the East Coast, taking place in the Historic Cyclorama at BCA.

Hyperallergic3 months ago

The Best Dressed At FIAC

The Best Dressed At FIAC

What to wear so as to match an art fair in a fashion mecca? Last week’s FIAC opening, we have spotted stylish art professionals and fair goers wandering around Anish Kapoor sculptures and in front of Wolfgang Tillmans’ photographs – here is a quick glimpse.

The Art Gorgeous3 months ago

Art Fair Survival Tips From Our Fave Art Girls

Art Fair Survival Tips From Our Fave Art Girls

Art fair season is well and truly upon us and, while the fairs are exciting, glamorous and fun, they are also hectic, busy and stressful. With so much to manage in such a short space of time, many of us feel as though we have just run a marathon by the end of a fair. So, how do our favourite art girls handle the fairs? Well, let’s just see what they said!

The Art Gorgeous3 months ago

Despite Simmering Political Unrest, Art Basel Hong Kong Releases a Hefty Exhibitor List With New Names—and a Few Absences

Despite Simmering Political Unrest, Art Basel Hong Kong Releases a Hefty Exhibitor List With New Names—and a Few Absences

It appears that most galleries remain committed to the market in Hong Kong—and to Art Basel Hong Kong in particular—despite the continually fragile political situation in the city.

Artnet3 months ago

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and For How Much—at the 2019 Edition of FIAC

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and For How Much—at the 2019 Edition of FIAC

Despite some inclement weather at FIAC in Paris, which took the wind out of Yayoi Kusama‘s inflatable pumpkin at the main entrance and spread some rogue bits of an art installation’s cotton candy at well-heeled guests, reports from the fair were upbeat.

Artnet3 months ago