2013 International Art Fairs You Should Know About

International Art Fairs to attend from now until the end of the year.

Each year new art fairs are announced as more and more collectors travel to international destinations to see local galleries and artists. The art fair has become an integral part of a modern gallery’s annual operating expense budget as well as means to meet new clients and assess the rest of the market. In the years since the market crash of 2008 many organizers report returns to the pre-crash sales levels and many have expanded beyond their original events. As an example, Art Basel organizers have added Art Basel Hong Kong to the existing Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach line up. Volta is continuing its presence in New York and Basel, Scope Art Fair has three strategic locations in Miami, New York and Basel and many of the participating galleries can be seen in all three destinations.

As the global expansion continues, art fairs have truly become destinations of their own as thousands of visitors, collectors, fair participants and press travel around the world year round visiting the various events. And if the wealthy collectors don’t have the time to hop on a plane to London or Hong Kong to pick up El Anatsui‘s new wall sculpture, or a coveted Anish Kapoor reflective concave disk, then their art advisors will make the trip on their behalf. In other words, while New York and London are still the principal hubs for art galleries and main auction houses, art fairs made art buying a truly international sport. Here is a list of the fairs you can visit in 2013 (we included early June fairs because there is quite a lot of news coverage about the record-breaking Art Basel fair, so we thought you should know about it). And stay tuned for our 2014 edition.

June 2013


Art Fairs - VOLTA 9 BASEL




Volta 9 Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
June 10 – 15, 2013

This is an “invitational fair” that choses the galleries for its fairs. In the last several years the venue has been gaining steam and exposure by keeping the shows coherent and consistently well-curated.

Scope Art Fair, Basel





Scope Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
June 11 – 16, 2013

International emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary programming. The organization produces two other art fairs, one is Miami that takes place in early December and one in New York that coincides with The Armory Show in early March.

Participating galleries include:
Witzenhausen Gallery, Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Gallery 11.12 and others.

Art Basel 2013

Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
June 13 – 16, 2013

Founded in 1970, the fair has become the most prestigious commercial platform for top Modern and Contemporary Art galleries to reach international collectors looking for investment-quality art.

Participating galleries include:
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Castelli Gallery, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Nicolas Krupp Contemporary, Lehmann Maupin, Lisson Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Victoria Miro, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Cheim and Read, Chemould Prescott Road, Sean Kelly Gallery, David Zwirner,  Galerie St. Etienne, Pace Prints, Sikkema Jenkins & Co.,etc

Venice Biennale






The Venice Biennale – La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy)
June 1 – November 24, 2013

Now in its 55th year, this biannual survey of Contemporary art is also the longest art event in the world. Structured around geopolitical boundaries – exhibits are grouped by country and each participating country has a pavilion, the fair’s main focus is conceptual art and innovations in the arts.

This year’s featured artists include:
Gianfranco Baruchello, Marc Quinn, Nikolay Bakharev, Roger Caillois and others.

July 2013 


Art Hamptons 2013

ArtHamptons (Bridgehampton, NY)
July 12 – 14, 2013

This is a relatively young fair, “produced for and by Hamptonites” . The event is more of a regional art fair and in the past included works from the region’s masters, as well as current and emerging artists from the area.

Participating galleries include:
Kavachnina Contemporary, Jack Geary Contemporary, Jim Kempner Fine Art,


Art Southampton

Art Southampton (Southampton, NY)
July 25 – 29, 2013

The bigger of the Hamptons’ art fairs Art Southampton is part of the same organization that produces Art Miami, Art Wynwood, Context and Aqua 13. This is a well publicized and well-attended event favored by the Hamptons collectors. The focus is Modern and Contemporary art offered by prominent US and International art galleries.

Participating galleries include:
Galerie Terminus, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Pace Prints.

September 2013


Art Moscow - International Art Fairs

Art Moscow (Moscow, Russia)
September 18 – 22, 2013

The fair, now in its 16th year, focuses primarily on contemporary art offered by the leading Russian galleries with a sprinkling of International dealers. Despite its relatively long history, it’s still more of a regional event, attended by the younger, less internationally established galleries with a shorter operating history. There are some exceptions, like Grinberg Gallery, Heritage and Triumph (all Moscow-based), but the majority of the dealers are known primarily within the specified market.

Participating galleries include:
Frolov Gallery, Vostochnaya Gallery, KnollGalleries, Whitespace Gallery, and others.

Art Fairs - Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago (Chicago, IL)
September 19 – 22, 2013

The fair pulls in some of the top bi-coastal galleries and this year some heavy weights of the Modern and Contemporary markets like Matthew Marks Gallery, McCormick Gallery, James Cohan, Galerie Terminus, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Hollis Taggart, CRG, Barry Friedman Ltd., and David Zwirner are all scheduled to attend.

October 2013


International Art Fair - Emerge 2013

Emerge (Washington D.C.)
October 3 – 6, 2013

Fair’s organizers wrote this about this year’s edition: The GALLERY PLATFORM features participating galleries in hotel rooms on designated floors. The ARTIST PLATFORM features a vetted selection of works by unrepresented artists throughout the hotel’s public areas and grounds.

Participating 2012 galleries include:
CONNERSMITH., Mixed Greens, and Nomad Gallery.

Frieze London Art Fair 2013

Frieze Art Fair (London, England)
October 17 – 20, 2013

Organized in conjunction with London-based Frieze Magazine the fair is a showplace for Contemporary art. This is London’s preeminent stage for established galleries and its own version of Art Basel and The Armory Show. Well-publicized galleries bring high-ticket Contemporary artworks in time for top collectors to snap up the most-coveted works on the opening day.

Participating galleries include:
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 303 Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Blum & Poe, Lisson Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Kukje, Victoria Miro Gallery, David Zwirner and Anton Kern, among others.

Vienna Art fair

Vienna Art Fair (Vienna, Austria)
October 10 – 13, 2013

This contemporary art fair was recently bought by a Russian investor Sergey Skaterschikov (Skate’s) who hopes to bring the fair to higher prominence and better international recognition. In the past most of the exhibitors came from Austria, Russia, Turkey, Hungary and other Easter European countries. This year the exhibitor list is vast and follow last year’s trend in focusing on Austrian and  Eastern European galleries from Latvia, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Iran and Poland.

Participating galleries include:
Nadja Brykina Gallery, Galerie Steinek, ALMA Gallery and others.

November 2013



IFPDA Print Fair (New York, NY)
November 7 – 10, 2013

Exhibitors are limited to members of the IFPDA. The fair’s organizers wrote this about the fair: “Unique among the world’s major art fairs for its focus on fine prints from all periods, exhibiting dealers are all members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association, the organizer of New York Fine Art Print Week.

Participating galleries include: 
Galerie St. Etienne, Pace Prints, Carolina Nitsch, Susan Teller gallery and others.

paris photo

Paris Photo (Paris, France)
November 14 – 17, 2013

Stocked primarily by photography dealers from around the world. The fair’s press release for 2013 lists 126 participating international art galleries.

Participating galleries include:
Michael Werner, Cheim and Read, Laurence Miller, Bruce Silverstein, David Zwirner, Edwynn Houk, M+B Los Angeles. 

December 2013


Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
December 5 – 8, 2013

The fair was founded in 2002 and has since become the biggest art event in the world. The main fair, as it’s referred to, has become the mother ship around which small satellite fairs have been growing exponentially year after year. It’s been said that some 40 satellite fairs took place around the same time as the Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. In the same league as The Armory Show and Art Basel, this event caters to serious collectors looking to add key Modern and Contemporary works to their collections. The VIP opening preview day is a showcase of wealthy personalities greeting each other in the corridors as gallery directors  scramble to lock in six and seven figure sales.
The fair is a massive labyrinth of booths, so navigating requires sophisticated GPS skills and determination!

Read our notes on making it through the fair.

Participating 2012 galleries include:
Mary Boone Gallery, Cheim and Read, Chemould Prescott Road, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Sean Kelly Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Lisson Gallery, Victoria Miro Gallery, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins and Co., Bruce Silverstein, David Zwirner

Art Miami 2013

Art Miami (Miami, FL)
December 4 – 8, 2013

The more manageable of the two biggest art fairs in Miami at the beginning of December, Art Miami is also the older of the two. It’s easier to take it, the dealers are friendlier and although the artists represented are less likely to be considered “blue-chip” their work is very interesting and well-presented. Prices tend to be lower here than at Art Basel Miami Beach which opens room for beginner collectors to start building a relationship with the art and galleries.

Participating 2012 galleries include:
Barry Friedman, Galerie Terminus, Hollis Taggart Gallery, Leila Heller Gallery, Pace Prints, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Christopher Cutts Gallery and others.

Pulse Miami 2013

Pulse Miami (Miami, FL)
December 5 – 8, 2013

Young galleries showing emerging contemporary artists. Plenty of parallel events (panel discussions, presentations, performances, parties) take place under the auspices of the art fair to make it an important inclusion to the visitor’s art week schedule.

Participating 2012 galleries include:
M+B Los Angeles, Yancey Richardson, Mixed Greens, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Julie Saul and others.

untitled miami 2013

Art Untitled (Miami Beach, FL)
December 4 – 8, 2013

A small fair with a great soul, Art Untitled first put up its white tent on Miami’s South Beach in December of 2013. The space is populated by young dealers showcasing emerging artists, some fresh from MFA programs. The selection ranged from questionable exhibits to some well-curated works, so there is plenty to see and the airy and informal atmosphere of the fair is a welcome respite from the stuffiness and high-expectations of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Participating 2012 galleries include:

Stay tunes for the upcoming list of 2014 International Art Fairs.

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