ALL ART FAIRS ALL THE TIME
Okay, you’ve just returned home from your holiday vacation (or Christmas vacation, if you’re a Republican) -- time to get on a plane and go somewhere for an art fair. Listed below are more than a dozen taking place in the next three weeks. That’s right, the art business is as global as ever, extending this month for the first time to Singapore and diving head-first into cyberspace. Also on the circuit: Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, New York, London, Bologna and New Delhi.
Art Stage Singapore
Jan. 12-16, 2011
The debut of ArtStage Singapore takes place at the industrious island nation’s Marina Bay Sands development, and features 90 galleries -- from Marlborough to Nature Morte, ShanghArt and the Vivi Yip Art Room (from Jakarta) -- in a showcase billed as a bridge between East and West.
Jan. 13-17, 2011
For its 20th anniversary, Los Angeles photo dealer Stephen Cohen’s Photo L.A. brings more than 50 dealers to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and incorporates in some modest way artLA Projects. William Eggleston hosts the gala reception on Jan. 13, which benefits LACMA; tickets are $80.
Miami International Art Fair
Jan. 14-17, 2011
MIA 2011, organized by dealer and curator Aldo Castillo for David and Lee Ann Lester’s International Fine Art Exhibitions, features more than 70 contemporary dealers, including Dean Project (New York), Diana Lowenstein (Miami), Ginocchio (Mexico City) and No Name (Guadalajara).
London Art Fair
Jan. 19-23, 2011
The London Art Fair returns to the Business Design Center, presenting approximately 100 galleries featuring 20th-century British art, as well as "Art Projects" (solo shows and curated group displays) and "Photo 50" (showcasing contemporary photography).
Los Angeles Art Show
Jan. 19-23, 2011
This spawling show, now in its 16th edition, is presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association and incorporates the 26th annual Los Angeles IFPDA print fair. The event brings over 100 dealers to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and includes the special exhibition "Rarely/Unseen," a private collection of photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
American Antiques Show
Jan. 20-23, 2011
One of two big shows in New York for Americana Week, the American Antiques Show opens at the Metropolitan Pavillion on Jan. 19 with a gala benefit for the American Folk Art Museum, and a broad selection of folk art, furniture, fine and decorative arts, jewelry, ceramics, silver, American arts and crafts, and American Indian art.
India Art Summit
Jan. 20-23, 2011
The third edition of New Dehli’s India Art Summit, arguably the largest showcase of modern and contemporary art in India, presents 84 exhibiting galleries from 20 countries. The fair also features a sculpture park and video lounge, as well as curated art projects, performances, an elaborate speakers’ forum, an art store, and a range of exciting collateral events throughout the city.
Art Palm Beach
Jan. 20-24, 2011
For its 13th iteration, Art Palm Beach gathers 75 contemporary art galleries from 16 countries in the Palm Beach County Convention Center, and features a solo show of sculptor Albert Paley as well as a substantial series of lectures.
Winter Antiques Show
Jan. 21-30, 2011
The major event on the New York winter calendar, the Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 57th year at the Park Avenue Armory, featuring 75 specialists in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s. The fair’s 2011 loan exhibition, "Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation,"presents over 50 works from Historic Charleston Foundation’s two museum houses as well as highlights from a number of other Charleston cultural institutions.
VIP Art Fair
Jan. 22-30, 2011
Still something of a unknown quantity, New York dealer James Cohan’s online art fair promises blue chip art from the comfort of your home computer. Top galleries are participating -- Zwirner, White Cube, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth -- and admission is fee, if all you want to do is look. Collectors can buy a ticket to the virtual vernissage for $100 (or to the fair proper for $20) and actually see prices of artworks and interact with the online dealers. Registration is required, so if you’re interested, check it out.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Jan. 27-30, 2011
Seventy blue chip and emerging galleries, many from the West Coast -- 1301PE, ACE, Altman Siegel, David Kordansky, Thomas Solomon -- descend upon Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for this new fair, now in its second year.
Jan. 28-31, 2011
Bologna’s Arte Fiera -- Italy’s oldest and probably most important art fair -- brings together nearly 200 galleries, organized into three sections (modern, contemporary, and "latest trends"), with many ancillary attractions, such as the "Art Café Space," which features on new publications.