The Best International Art Fairs – Part 2

We continue with our artistic tour of the world to discover the best international art fairs that exist today. Already we have seen some amazing fairs in part one of the blog. But now we travel to New York and Paris to see even more examples of great art and how it is displayed and sold.

The Armory Show

New York is one of the world’s greatest art hubs, and it is a major center both for creating and displaying art, especially modern and contemporary forms. If you want to discover and perhaps even start to collect some of the best art from the 20th & 21st Centuries then The Armory Show is one of the very best places to do so.

This art fair that was initially held in New York back in 1994, not only displays art by well-known contemporary artists but it gives a platform for new and upcoming figures to show their capabilities. The week that the Armory Show takes place also sees off-shoots of fringe events all over New York, and the event is becoming more and more popular every year.


People visit the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain – FIAC) at the Grand Palais, in Paris, during the press opening on Octobre 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

FIAC is the acronym for the Foire Internationale d’art Contemporary, which is the premier art fair in Paris. The prestigious locations of the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, in Europe’s most romantic city just shows how much the Parisians value their art.

The focus on this very esteemed art fair is on contemporary and modern art, and it displays art from all the major galleries from around the world. The exhibition is absolutely steeped in tradition and history, as the prestigious Petit Palais was built in 1900 to host the World’s Fair.

The environment of these two great buildings in the heart of Paris sets the tone to display great modern works of art, in a unique and historical setting. Not only paintings are displayed, there are installations, films, and performance art as well.

Art Dubai

Art Dubai has been called The World’s Most Globally Diverse Art Fair. And the modern futuristic desert city of Dubai plays a big part of the success of this world-famous art fair. Art Dubai features works from all over the world, but its particular focus is that of art from North Africa and the Middle East.

There are four distinct sections to Art Dubai, contemporary, modern, residents and Bawwaba (which are exhibits that have been created especially for Art Dubai).


We finish our journey around the best international art fairs where we began, in New York. The Scope Art Show is all about giving a platform to new artists to display their works. Although the main fair is in New York, there are spin-off fringe fairs in Basel and Miami Beach.

The contemporary art featured spans many different art mediums, from performance art to installations. There are also many exhibits of more traditional art created by modern artists that show classical art forms have not died and are very much alive and kicking today.