FALL ART FAIRS AND BIENNALES
Ready to cash in those frequent flier miles and head off for parts elsewhere? Let's go. Herewith, a brief listing of the major art fairs and international biennials in North America and Europe.
Tirana Biennale 2
Sept. 13-Oct. 25, 2003
More than 100 artists from around the world are represented in "U-Topos" in Tirana, Albania.
Biennial de Lyon
Sept. 17, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004
The theme of the seventh installment of the French biennial is "It Happened Tomorrow," featuring curated sections by the Consortium (Xavier Douroux, Franck Gautherot and Eric Troncy), Robert Nickas and Anne Pontegnie, installed at the 14,000-square-meter Sucriere plus four local museums.
New York Armory Antiques Show
Sept. 17-21, 2003
Wendy Management brings 85 dealers from around the world together in the first New York antiques show of the fall season. The fair is also the site of the second annual Committee for Hispanic Children and Families "Opening Doors for Women" luncheon.
20/21 British Art Fair
Sept. 17-21, 2003
Now in its 17th year, 20/21 presents 70 exhibitors specializing in British art dating from 1900 to the present, at the Commonwealth Institute in London.
8th International Istanbul Biennial
Sept. 20-Nov. 16, 2003 (previews on Sept. 18-19)
85 artists from 42 countries, selected by New Museum curator Dan Cameron on the theme of "Poetic Justice" (and purporting to ask a series of apparently inane questions i.e., "What is justice? Is justice possible in today's globalized world?"). The biennial takes place in four primary and several satellite venues around the Turkish city.
7th Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts
Sept. 20-28, 2003
The third addition to the art-fair empire of dealers Patrick Perrin and Stéphane Custot (who founded the Salon du Dessin in 1991 and the Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts in 1998) debuts at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, with over 70 dealers in classical art and antiques.
International Art + Design Fair 1900-2002
Sept. 25-30, 2003
Anna and Brian Haughton's new art and design fair (est. 1999) brings approximately 50 dealers to the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York. The Sept. 24 gala benefits the Museum of Modern Art.
Sept. 26-29, 2003 (preview on Sept. 25)
In its fifth installment, the French modern and contemporary art fair presents 85 galleries at the Carrousel du Louvre. The charity preview on Sept. 25 benefits the Institut Curie.
Art Forum Berlin
Oct. 1-5, 2003 (professional preview on Sept. 30)
Now in its eight year, Art Forum Berlin presents approximately 95 galleries from 22 countries (45 percent from Germany), including 13 galleries selected for the new "Freestyle Spaces" section. Also on view during the run of the fair at Berlin museums are "Berlin-Moscow/Moscow-Berlin, 1950-2000" at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, "Tom Sachs: Nutsy's" at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin and exhibitions by Ron Mueck at the Hamburger Bahnhof and Sue de Beer and Terry Richardson at Kunst Werke Institute for Contemporary Art.
Los Angeles Arts of Asia & Oceania Show
Oct. 3-5, 2003
For the 13th annual event, organized by Caskey & Lees, 65 exhibitors set up shop at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The "sneak preview" on Oct. 2 benefits the Asia Society of Southern California.
LAPADA Fine Art + Antiques Fair
Oct. 8-12, 2003 (preview on Oct. 7)
Established in 1990, the official fall show of the London Association of Art and Antique Dealers at the Commonwealth Institute galleries presents wares famously ranging in price "from less than 50 to more than 100,000," and includes a loan show titled "A Treasury of Silver."
Affordable Art Fair, London
Oct. 9-12, 2003
130 galleries with wares priced under 2,500 in the fair's fifth year, titled "Autumn Collection 2003," set up in London's Battersea Park.
Oct. 9-13, 2003
The 30th Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain gathers approximately 170 modern and contemporary galleries from 23 countries at the Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles, with an emphasis on solo shows as well as a "Perspectives" section of 20 cutting-edge galleries and 12 video works in the "Video Cube." Also on view in Paris are shows of Jean Cocteau and Roni Horn at the Centre Pompidou, Chen Zen at Palais de Tokyo, "Edouard Vuillard" and "Gauguin in Tahiti" at the Grand-Palais.
Oct. 17-19, 2003
SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) presents approximately 85 dealers in vanguard decorative and applied arts at Festival Hall on Navy Pier. The gala benefit supports Northwest Memorial Hospital.
Frieze Art Fair
Oct. 17-20, 2003
The London art magazine's first venture into the art-fair business features 124 cutting-edge contemporary galleries setting up shop in a 11,000-square-foot custom-built structure in London's Regent's Park. Polly Staple has curated special art projects and commissions by Pawel Althamer, Paola Pivi, Johanna Billing, Gelatin, Liam Gillick and other artists. N.B. The Scope art fair originally scheduled for London at the same time has been cancelled.
International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show
Oct. 17-23, 2003
70 top-flight art and antiques dealers come to New York's Seventh Regiment Armory in the 15th anniversary of the sumptuous fair. The opening night preview on Oct. 16 benefits the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; for info call (212) 874-5457.
Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2003
Founded in 1967, this year's installment of the Cologne International Art Fair presents 250 modern and contemporary galleries in the city's spacious Rhineside Halls. Special sections include "Kln Skultpur" as well as presentations of new galleries and young artists. Also on view in town are shows of Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth at the Museum Ludwig and "Art for Kings: 18th-century Paintings in Dresden at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum."
Affordable Art Fair, New York
Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2003
The New York version of this bargain-hunter's fair, which was launched last year, sets up shop with over 120 galleries on Pier 92 at 12th Avenue and 52nd Street.
8th Havana Biennial
Nov. 1-Dec. 15, 2003
"El Arte con la Vida" features 160 artists from 50 countries, in a show organized at sites throughout the city by the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center.
13th Annual Print Fair
Nov. 6-9, 2003
Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York City, the print fair boasts 87 exhibitors (25 from the New York area, 17 from Europe) with over 100,000 prints on display. Gala opening on Nov. 5 benefits the Museum of Modern Art; for info, email email@example.com.
Nov. 6-9, 2003
The Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea a Torino, founded in 1994, returns for its 10th anniversary to architect Renzo Piano's Lingotto exhibition center. Almost half of the 180 participating galleries are Italian; also on tap are sections of "Present Future" (young artists), "New Entries" (new galleries) and "Videolab." Contemporaneous with the fair is a city-wide art festival called "Turin Contemporary: Light and Art."
Editions/Artists' Books '03
Nov. 6-9, 2003
In its sixth year, the scrappy New York fair features more than 35 of the hippest publishers of editions and artists' books at the Starrett Lehigh Building in New York's Chelsea art district. The opening night gala on Nov. 6 benefits Printed Matter; for info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Olympia Fair
Nov. 10-16, 2003
The highlight of London's fall antiques season presents over 240 dealers in association with the British Antique Dealers' Association at the Olympia Exhibition Center on Hammersmith Road. Celebrating the jubilee of "The Wine Label Circle" is a special exhibition of wine labels, the majority in silver, dating from the mid-1730s to the present.
Nov. 13-16, 2003 (preview on Nov. 12)
The premiere Paris photo fair, founded by Rik Gadella in 1997, brings more than 100 dealers from 15 countries to the Carrousel du Louvre. This year's special exhibition features nine solo shows by Mexican photographers.
Nov. 13-16, 2003
Sanford Smith's pioneering 20th-century design show, now in its 18th year, presents 75 exhibitors at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York. The gala preview on Nov. 12 benefits the Brooklyn Museum of Art; for info call (718) 501-6327.
Art Toronto 2003
Nov. 13-17, 2003
The Toronto International Art Fair, now in its fourth year, features more than 70 galleries, with a special "Fresh Avant-garde" section, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A preview gala benefits the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Art of the 20th Century
Nov. 21-24, 2003
Sanford Smith's (relatively) new fair presents 65 dealers in fine art at New York's Seventh Regiment Armory. The Nov. 20 gala benefits the Children's Museum of Manhattan; for info, call (212) 721-1234 x235.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Dec. 4-7, 2003
The sister event of Art Basel in Switzerland, this new contemporary art fair presents 175 art galleries (43 percent from North America, 45 percent from Europe) at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with all its special sections, including the young galleries in the adapted shipping containers on the beach and a new one for new art called "Art Nova."