The contemporary art scene is awash with a spectrum of talent and styles from both new names to more established and recognized artists. We’ve rounded up a selection of six global contemporary art fairs taking place in 2017 that we’re sure you’ll be able to find some artistic inspiration or even purchase the perfect piece to adorn your walls at home.
London, UK: Frieze
Frieze London is one of the leading global contemporary art fairs and brings together more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries from New York to Berlin and Shanghai to São Paulo. Frieze showcases works by newly emerging artists, as well; as some of the most renowned and respected names in contemporary art. If you’re attending, you can view and buy art from over 1000 leading artists and attend Frieze’s critically acclaimed Frieze Projects and Talks programmes. Highlights of the 2016 fair included three curated sections: Focus – which showcased young talent; Live – the only place to experience moments of immersion and interaction with participatory performance works; and The Nineties – which recreated seminal exhibitions from this decade. Tickets for Frieze London 2017 will be released in July so make sure you set yourself a reminder if you’re in London at the start of October and fancy attending four days of art.
5 to 8th October 2017
1 Montclare Street, London, E2 7EU, UK
New York, USA: The Affordable Art Fair
Are you in the Big Apple in September and love art? Well you’re in luck as The Affordable Art Fair returns to New York for its 24th edition! The fair brings together a dynamic and varied group of galleries to showcase their work to art collectors, buyers and lovers. The Spring fair welcomed over 70 exhibitors from locations like NYC, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tokyo so you can expect to see a similar caliber in the Autumn fair – but sign up to their newsletter to receive more information. The fair will feature a variety of mediums from etchings, screen prints and watercolors to lithographs and oils on canvas or wood – you’re going to be spoilt for choice!
13th to 17th September 2017
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011, USA
Miami, USA: Art Basel Miami Beach
If you’re in need of some sun towards the end of the year then why not travel to Miami Beach for the final 2017 edition of Art Basel. The American Basel will feature leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa and will showcase a variety of modern and contemporary art, as well at the rising stars of the art world. The main exhibition hall will host paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and films, but if you don’t want to be inside all day long you can take a trip to Collins Park and SoundScape Park where there will be large-scale artworks, films and performances. There will also be a series of discussions from prominent members of the international art world, who will offer their unique perspective on producing, collecting and exhibiting art. You’ll also get the chance to see the Kabinett sector (which made its debut in Art Basel Hong Kong earlier this year), where galleries bring dedicated sections of brand new curated work to the fair.
7th to 10th December 2017
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Amsterdam International Art Fair
The picturesque city of Amsterdam is home to the Amsterdam International Art Fair, an event that has been running for three years and brings together over 150 exhibitors from around the world. There are over 3000 art pieces on display over the two days and if you’re an art lover in Amsterdam it’s the perfect place to pick up one or two new pieces for yourself! The event attracts a great mix of talented artists presented by international galleries from over 30 countries and they’re all under the one roof of Beurs van Berlage, the best location right in the heart of the city. So once you’ve spent the day soaking up the art scene you can get out and explore the Amsterdam nightlife!
25th to 26th August 2017
Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: Friday 25th, VIP Private View and Vernissage € 10, Satyrday 26th, Free (yay!)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Art
When it comes to art fairs, Abu Dhabi Art likes to switch things up and does so by placing a big emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme. Over the course of the year there are a number of art installations and exhibitions, events and talks that take place in different locations, helping to keep alive through the city. This year long programme finished with an event in November that allows the participating galleries to showcase and sell their art to an audience of over 20,000 visitors. Abu Dhabi Art will also feature a series of stimulating cultural talks from some of the art world’s leading figures. The Talk Programme for this year’s event will be centered around debating and documenting local and GCC wide art histories and narratives. Street art is also a huge part of Abu Dhabi Art and curator Fabrice Bousteau will work with international street artists to present a selection of artworks throughout the urban zones of Abu Dhabi.
8th to 11th November 2017
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hong Kong: Asia Contemporary Art Show
The 11th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show opens on 21st September in Hong Kong. This year’s show presents more than 2,500 unique works of art, ranging from original paintings and limited editions, to sculpture and photography, from some of the world’s most respected and renowned artists, as well as from emerging and mid-career artists. There are also two new exciting features; Intersections: Japan – which is a new series focusing the ‘conceptual artistic intersections between past and present, traditional and modern and East and West in Contemporary Japanese art; Artist Dialogues – this section invites artists from around the world to exhibit in a solo or joint presentation.
21st to 24th September 2017
Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong