Contemporary Fairs and Biennials, Fall 2005

  It's the middle of the summer -- and the opening of the fall art season is only weeks away! That means it"s time to start arranging your calendar for the rest of 2005. What follows is a brief survey of the top contemporary and modern art fairs and international festivals for the final third of the year.

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2005
Sept. 3-Nov. 6, 2005
Sweden’s 3rd Göteburg Biennial at the Göteborg Museum of Art, curated by Sara Arrhenius, is titled "More Than This!" and features collaborative works by 12 artists who explore the limits of the documentary paradigm. The artists are Christian Andersson, Fikret Atay, Michael Beutler, Monica Bonvicini, Gerard Byrne, Miriam Bäckström, Runa Islam, Lucia Koch, Gabriel Lester, Ann Lislegaard, Marcel Odenbach and Adrian Paci.

20/21 British Art Fair
Sept. 14-18, 2005
Now in its 18th year, 20/21 exclusively features British art from 1900 to the present day. Some 60 leading U.K. dealers participate in the show, which is held at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.

Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art
Sept. 14-Dec. 31, 2005
This year’s Lyon Biennial takes up the theme of "Experiencing Duration," an idea that director Thierry Raspail traces back to artists like La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, James Turrell and Terry Riley, who in the 1970s developed counter-cultural works of "long duration." The biennial is spread across various venues, including La Sucrière, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, Le Rectangle, the Institute of Contemporary Art of Villeurbanne and Le Fort Saint-Jean.

The 9th International Istanbul Biennial
Sept. 16-Oct. 30, 2005
Titled "Istanbul" and curated by Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun, the 9th International Istanbul Biennial highlights a slew of international artists brought together through a residency program that encouraged participants to make work commenting on the city. Among the artists are Yael Bartana, Daniel Bozhkov, Michael Blum, Phil Collins, Jon Mikel Euba, Erik Göngrich, Servet Koçyigit, Karl-Heinz Klopf, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mario Rizzi, Solmaz Shahbazi, Pilvi Takala and the group Ruangrupa.

Though the biennial takes place at multiple locations in the city's Taksim-Galata sector, its center is the Antrepo No. 5 hall, site of both a "Hospitality Zone" offering space for guest exhibitions, including a "Young Turkish Artists" exhibition curated by Halil Altindere, and the "9B Positionings Programme," spotlighting a range of local cultural offerings.

In conjunction with the Istanbul exposition, the Van AbbeMuseum in the Netherlands is mounting "EindhovenIstanbul," Oct. 1, 2005-Jan. 29, 2006, an exhibition drawing on the history of the Istanbul Biennial to explore the intersections of place and culture.

3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale
Sept. 17-Nov. 27, 2005
Featuring 50 artists, the Fukuoka Triennale, held at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan, focuses on the theme of "Parallel Realities," highlighting works that address the increasing interconnectedness of worlds through technology. Among the countries participating are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

3rd Valencia Biennial
Sept. 20–Nov. 30, 2005
Success has led to a setback for the 3rd Valencia Biennial -- its budget has been cut from €4.3 million to €2.7 million, under the rationale that the first two biennials put Valencia on the map and all that is need now is to consolidate the success. As a result, this year's installment centers on a single exhibition in the Spanish coastal city’s Convento del Carmen. Titled "Reflections of a Fish in the Deep Sea," the show is organized by Franck Gautherot and Seung-Duk Kim and includes works with water themes by 42 artists with water themes. A second exhibition in the convent is organized by Denis Saantachiara.

Yokohama Triennale 2005
Sept. 28-Dec. 18, 2005
The 2nd edition of the triennial show is designed to break down the barriers between artist and audience, and so many of the works are site specific and invite viewer participation. Some 80 artists are included in the show, which is overseen by curators Taro Amano, Takashi Serizawa and Shingo Yamano and artistic director Tadashi Kawamata and located in two enormous warehouses at Yamashita Pier.

Art Forum Berlin
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2005
Now in its 10th year, Berlin’s own contemporary art fair features approximately 100 galleries (down from 119 last year) from 25 countries (up from 20 last year), though more than half hail from Germany. Held at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, the fair includes the special "Made in Berlin" survey of works by Berlin-based international artists, this year organized by Zdenek Felix, former director of the Hamburg Deichtorhallen. Another highlight is "Temporary Imports - DAAD, Bethanien et al.," curated by Susanne Titz and featuring work by foreign artists who have had residencies in the city.

San Francisco International Art Exposition
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2005
Described as "eclectic," this year’s SFIAE features 75 galleries from around the globe at the Fort Mason Center. Exhibitors range from Addison Fine Arts (San Francisco), Alpha Gallery (Boston), and Bernarducci Meisel (New York) to Landfall Press (Santa Fe), David Lusk Gallery (Memphis) and PYO Gallery (Seoul).

5th Mercosur Biennial
Sep. 30-Dec. 4, 2005
Formed in the 1990s with the creation of Mercosur, the Latin American common market composed of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, the Mercosur Biennial is now one of the biggest forums for cultivating and developing art from throughout Latin America. With more than 650 artists taking part in the previous edition, the 2005 Biennial, curated by Paulo Sergio Duarte and taking place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, promises to be just as dynamic.

AFFAIR @ The Jupiter Hotel
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005
Last year’s show, the first of what looks to be an ongoing series, brought over 3,000 art lovers to Portland’s Jupiter Hotel to buy art and schmooze in a uniquely free-wheeling environment (the fair website comically quotes one participant, who reports, "I've never seen a passed out dealer on the floor of his booth until Affair @ the Jupiter Hotel”). As with last year, the show is organized by Stuart Horodner and Laurel Gitlen.

Photo New York 2005
Oct. 6-9, 2005
The second installment of L.A. dealer Stephen Cohen's "Annual International New York Photographic Art Exposition" brings 50 dealers to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

Oct. 6-10, 2005
The 32nd Annual Foire International d'Art Contemporain, taking place at the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, boasts 207 galleries plus a new section dedicated to film, video and new media, an "intensified" slate of on-site events (including an exhibition of the four candidates short-listed for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Kader Attia, Gilles Barbier, Olivier Blanckart and Claude Closky) and expanded versions of the event's popular "Perspectives" and "Future Quake" exhibitions, as well as the second incarnation of design section begun in 2004.

Kunst-Messe München
Oct. 8-16, 2005
Divided into five sections -- classical antiques, works of art, paintings, works on paper and modern art -- Kunst-Messe offers some 15,000 objects for visitors to peruse in Hall A6 of the Neue Messe München in Munich.

Frieze Art Fair
Oct. 21-24, 2005
Approximately 150 of the world’s top contemporary galleries are on hand for the third installment of London’s international art fair, held in Regent’s Park and organized by the publishers of Frieze magazine.

USArtists: American Fine Art Show
Oct. 21-23, 2005
Held at the 33rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, USArtists claims to be "the world's largest show of American art." More than 50 dealers gather to present the finest in American work, ranging from John Singer Sargent, Maxfield Parrish and Georgia O'Keeffe to emerging contemporary artists. This year, a special exhibition, "USArtists 1992-2004: The Academy Collects," gathers together works from private collections that have been purchased at USArtists over the past 13 years.

Scope London
Oct. 22-24, 2005
Running alongside the Frieze Fair, Scope London is part of the scrappy dynasty of hotel art fairs in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris and (this month) the Hamptons -- though as yet the organization has no definite venue and is still seeking exhibitors.

AAF Contemporary Art Fair
Oct. 27-30, 2005
The latest incarnation of the Affordable Art Fair, which first came to New York City in 2002, brings more than 130 galleries from the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe to Pier 92 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. The fair’s mission is to offer works by emerging and established artists at down-to-earth prices between $100 and $10,000.

Art Cologne 2005
Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2005
This year Art Cologne, which was founded in 1967 and is now overseen by Gerard Goodrow, is moving from its traditional venue in the historic Rhineside Halls to the Cologne exhibition grounds. The number of participating galleries remains the same, about 250, with special sections devoted to "New Contemporaries," "New Talents" and "Open Space."

SOFA Chicago
Oct. 28-30, 2005
Now celebrating its 12th anniversary, the Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art features more than 90 dealers from around the world, setting up at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. SOFA is overseen by exposition founder and director Mark Lyman.

15th Annual Print Fair
Nov. 3-6, 2005
Sponsored by the International Print Dealers Association, this fair -- billed as the world's largest devoted to fine prints -- brings 90 leading dealers to the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The gala preview on Nov. 2 benefits the Museum of Modern Art.

Toronto International Art Fair
Nov. 3-7, 2005
The six-year-old Toronto International Art Fair takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and features special sections such as "Fresh Avant-Garde" (emerging artists), "Art Rising" (a huge show of contemporary Chinese art) and "The News at Five" (daily, rotating exhibitions). The preview gala on Nov. 3 benefits the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Boston International Fine Art Show
Nov. 10-13, 2005
About 40 dealers, largely from New England, set up in the Boston Center for The Arts Cyclorama for this show. The Nov. 10 preview benefits Suskind Young at Arts, an education program at Boston’s Wang Center.

Modernism: A Century of Style and Design
November 10-13, 2005
Some 67 international dealers in Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus, Memphis and Wiener Werkstatte gather at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue. The gala preview on Nov. 9 benefits the Brooklyn Museum.

ARTissima 2004
Nov. 11-13, 2005
The 12-year-old International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin features 140 galleries from 20 countries, which set up in architect Renzo Piano's Lingotto exhibition center. Special sections include "Present Future" (young artists), "New Entries" (new galleries) and "Constellations" (large art works).

Shanghai Art Fair
Nov. 16-Nov. 20, 2005
Approximately 260 galleries are on hand for this fair, testifying to the booming Asian art market. Held at the ShanghaiMART, the fair bills itself as an "art shopping mall," with its galleries arranged into three sections -- high end art for collectors, moderately priced works, and decorative and folk art for a general public.

Paris Photo
Nov. 17-20, 2005
The premier Paris photo fair, founded by Rik Gadella in 1997, brings 105 dealers from 14 countries to the Carrousel du Louvre. This year’s fair spotlights Spanish photography, with 14 participating galleries from Spain. Other events of interest include the BMW-Paris Photo prize for photography and "Close-up," a special program of events for collectors.

Art of the 20th Century
Nov. 18-21, 2005
”Art20” takes place at Manhattan's Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue and features 60 prominent international art dealers focusing on art dating from 1900 to the present.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Dec. 1-4, 2005
Arguably the most important contemporary art fair in the U.S., Art Basel Miami Beach features 180 top galleries from around the world at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Special features include sections for new galleries and recent art ("Art Nova"), heavyweight cultural institutions ("Art Institutions") and the notorious "Art Positions," a group of 20 younger dealers housed in shipping containers at the beach.

The NADA Fair
Dec. 1-4, 2005
The New Art Dealers Alliance, a group of about 60 young dealers, brings its immensely popular show of new art to the Ice Palace Film Studios building in Miami for the second year.

Scope Miami
Dec. 1-4, 2005
Scope Miami also plans a hotel fair for Miami in early December, with details to be announced.