The Best International Art Fairs – Part 1

The recent explosion of art fairs around the world has helped to develop this creative method of expression to become more popular with the general populace. Many ordinary people have found that going to an art gallery is a little bit stuffy and is something for more highbrow folk to do.

The old traditional museums and galleries have to shoulder some of the blame for this, they do behave aloof in their marketing and the way they present art. After all, art is supposed to be for everybody and therefore should be fully accessible to all.

But the art fair helps to break down barriers, it is a place where dealers, collectors and art lovers can all gather in a lively environment to enjoy art, chat, and have a lively experience. There are over two hundred and fifty recognized art fairs held all over the world, displaying all forms of art. Let’s set off on our own art exploration to see some of the best fairs that currently exist.

Art Basel

If you like contemporary art then you should make your way to Switzerland and Basel. Art Basel has grown into possibly the biggest contemporary art festival in the world. Many top art galleries from the major cities gather together to showcase their artists work.

Collectors and art lovers can see fine examples of video art, digital art, sculptures, paintings, and live installations. Since the inaugural Art Basel in 1970 this fair has grown into one of the most respected art fairs in the world.

Frieze Art Fair

Frieze is held both in New York and London, and it is not just about featuring and selling art. At the Frieze Art Fair there are many opportunities to meet the artists, and regular lectures and talks take place by the artists that open up their creative worlds to the visitor.

This art fair is a relative newcomer to the art scene as the first one was not held until 2003. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that it concentrates on new artists and contemporary works. In 2019 a new location will be added to the Frieze itinerary and that will be Los Angeles.

The European Fine Art Fair

Tefaf’s first New York show, which took place in October 2016, focused on works made before 1920 and drew 15,000 visitors (Image: Harry Heuts Photography) New York 22 oktober 2016 TEFAF FALL NEW YORK 2016 – The Armory –

TEFAF is probably better known as the European Fine Art Fair and as the name suggests it showcases the finest art from over two hundred and sixty galleries that are based in twenty countries dotted around Europe and other parts of the world.

TEFAF has been held in Maastricht since 1988 and features work from every era of art history. Although the main exhibition is in the Netherlands, TEFAF also hold two fairs a year in New York, making it a truly global art fair. TEFAF is a little more highbrow than our other art fairs featured and will attract the elite top dealers and art expert from the international art scene. The journey to find the best international art fairs that exist on the planet will continue in part two, where we travel to New York and Paris.