Despite the sinking dollar and the threat of a U.S. recession, the 2008 calendar is filled with art fairs, from Puerto Rico to Moscow to Tokyo. The second quarter of 2008 features several notable museum shows -- the Berlin Biennial and the Carnegie International among them -- as well as major suites of fairs in Chicago and Basel, plus the first contemporary art fair set for Hong Kong.
Apr. 3-6, 2008
Held at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts and organized by Fusco & Four/Ventures (the same company that produces the Boston International Fine Art Show in November), the first-ever AD20/21 features 37 specialists in Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and contemporary design.
Art Fair Tokyo
Apr. 4-6, 2008
Timed to coincide with the blooming of the cherry blossoms, the third annual Art Fair Tokyo, overseen by executive director Misa Shin, presents 108 galleries at the Tokyo International Forum. Primarily a Japanese affair, the show promises seven non-Japanese galleries, including Friedman Benda and Bose Pacia from New York.
Apr. 3-7, 2008
The 10th annual Artparis takes place at the Grand Palais in the City of Lights, with 115 galleries, 70 from France.
5th Berlin Biennial
Apr. 5-June 15, 2008
Like the recent Whitney Biennial, the 5th Berlin Biennial, titled "When things cast no shadow" and curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic, takes a turn to the performative. Some 50 artists are presented at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Neue Nationalgalerie, Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum, Schinkel Pavillon and other sites in Berlin, while a program of artist performances and events is scheduled for every single night of biennial at diverse venues throughout the city.
AIPAD Photography Show
Apr. 10-13, 2008
75+ photography galleries present work by contemporary, modern and 19th-century masters at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Circa Puerto Rico 08
Apr. 11-14, 2008
At the Puerto Rico convention center in San Juan, the third Circa presents 44 galleries from the island and elsewhere, including New York (Spencer Brownstone, Dean Project, Henrique Faria Fine Art, Moti Hasson, Point of View) and Miami (Hardcore Art Contemporany Space, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Pan American Art Projects, Spinello Gallery).
Apr. 16-20, 2008
Now with a new director, L.A. dealer Daniel Hug, Art Cologne continues its transformation from a fall to a spring fair, with 150 dealers (as opposed to 180 in 2007) and with special sections designed to boost hot young artists, new galleries and artists under 40 "whose place on the art market has not yet stabilized."
Apr. 18-21, 2008
A staggering 178 exhibitors (up from last year’s 150) come to the European capital’s Brussels Expo center, with a special project of performances titled "Ephemeral Fringes," curated by Filip Luyckx and featuring small-scale interventions by European artists.
Feria México Arte Contemporáneo (FEMACO)
Apr. 23-27, 2008
Held at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, FEMACO features a diverse 86 exhibitors, including Krinzinger, Gasser & Grunert, Peres Projects, the Happy Lion, Voges and Partner, and, of course, Hilario Galguera, Enrique Guerrero, Kurimanzutto, OMR, and other top Mexican galleries.
Apr. 24-28, 2008
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the 5th China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE 2008) will take place at the China World Trade Centre Exhibition Hall in Beijing with 80 galleries. Of these, 20 are from China (including three from Hong Kong), and another 35 from Asia. Chambers Fine Art, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Luxe Gallery, Silverstein Photography and Sundaram Tagore make the trip from the U.S.
Apr. 24-27, 2008
67 mainly Brazilian galleries at the Biennial Pavilion in São Paulo, Brazil.
Apr. 24-28, 2008
Put together by curator Aldo Castillo and Chicago dealer Thomas Monahan to coincide with Art Chicago, the Windy City’s first big independent show dedicated to Latin-American art comes to the River East Art Center, offering lectures, performance and work by more than 80 Latin-American artists, including modernist masters like Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta and Rufino Tamayo.
Apr. 25-28, 2008
For the second year, Merchandise Mart’s Art Chicago is center of the city’s "Artropolis" celebration of the arts -- essentially a blitz of five different art fairs, all operated by the Mart. It offers 180 galleries, as well as "New Insight," a show of work by promising grad students from Yale, UCLA, RISD and other prestigious programs, curated by Renaissance Society director Susanne Ghez.
Next Art Fair
Apr. 25-28, 2008
"A virtual clearing-house for the best of contemporary art," the Merchandise Mart’s new Next art fair presents 170 galleries, nonprofit spaces and art foundations, all with a focus on new and emerging art. The show is held on the 7th floor of the Mart’s space and, like Art Chicago, boasts a curated show by the Renaissance Society’s Susanne Ghez.
Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair
Apr. 25-28, 2008
100+ dealers in fine antiques join the festivities at the Mart in Chicago, on the 8th floor.
The Artist Project
Apr. 25-28, 2008
Yet another Merchandise Mart event, this one featuring ca. 250 artists who are representing themselves.
The Intuit Show of Outsider and Folk Art
Apr. 27-30, 2008
The final part in Merchandise Mart’s five-pronged attack joins the Antiques Fair and the Artist Project on the 8th floor of the Mart building, with 34 dealers specializing in "outsider" and folk art. Participants include American Primitive, Phyllis Kind and Ricco / Maresca.
Los Angeles Modernism
May 2-4, 2008
88 dealers in early-20th-century decorative arts come to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Carnegie International 8th Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art International Fine Art Fair Art HK 08 Art Moscow 2008 Reykjavik Arts Festival Swab Moscow World Fine Art Fair Sofa New York CADD Art Fair JUNE Liste08 Scope Basel Art 29 Basel Affordable Art Fair 2008 Look3 Festival of the Photograph Biennale of Sydney
May 3, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009
The star-studded, Douglas Fogle-curated 55th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh bears the Bowie-inspired title "Life on Mars?" It presents some 300 works of art exploring what it means to live in the year 2008 -- presumably an unearthly experience -- by artists ranging from Doug Aitken, Kai Althoff and Mark Bradford to Rosemarie Trockel, Richard Wright and Haegue Yang.
May 9-June 9, 2008
The theme for this African biennial in Dakar, Senegal, is "Africa: Mirror?" Artists hail from 17 African countries, and are Patra Ruga Athi, Blaise Bang, Nkosikhona Bongamahlubi, El Hadji Mansour Ciss, Soly Cisse, Ousmane Ndiaye dit Dago, Saidou Dicko, Sokey Edorh, Amal El Kenawy, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Samba Fal, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Mourad Gharrach, Fathi Hassan, George Fikry Ibrahima, Osarentin Ighile, Justin Kabre (Kely), Abdoulaye Armin Kane, Amadou Kane Sy dit Kan-Si, Jems Robert Kokobi, Achillekà Komguem, Mohamed Konate, Samuel Nja Kwa, Guy Bertrand Woute Lotchouang, Ndary Lo, Mntambo Nandipha, Grace Ndiritu, Babacar Niang, Gabriel Pacheco, Ibrahima Niang Piniang, Sonya Rademeyer, Zakaria Ramhani, Roberto Rico, Seydi Samba dit Pape Seydi and Freddy Tsimba.
May 9-14, 2008
Brian and Anna Haughton bring 60 dealers to the Park Avenue Armory, including Maison Gerard, Two Zero C Applied Arts, Forum Gallery and Demisch Danant.
May 14-18, 2008
The first-ever Art HK presents 100 galleries, including 11 from Hong Kong, 16 from greater China, 11 from Tokyo, six from London and six from parts of the U.S. Bernard Jacobson Gallery (London), Cook Fine Art (New York), Frey Norris (San Francisco), Galerie Enrique Navarra (Paris) and Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich) are among the exhibitors. The show takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
May 14-18, 2008
The Central House of Artists in Moscow is the venue for the 12th annual Art Moscow, this year featuring 47 exhibitors, about half from Moscow and half from Europe.
May 15-June 5, 2008
Thirty exhibitions take place throughout the Icelandic capital, including the Hans Ulrich Obrist-curated "Experiment Marathon Reykjavík" at the Reykjavík Art Museum, for which Obrist collaborates with Ólafur Elíasson to transform the space into "a laboratory in which leading artists, architects, filmmakers, academics and scientists will create an environment of invention."
May 15-18, 2008
Returning for a second year, Barcelona’s Swab art fair sets up at the Maritime Museum in the Catalan capital, boasting a user-friendly, down-to-earth approach and 35 galleries, seven from Spain, alongside spaces like Chung King Project (Los Angeles), Leo Koenig (New York), Gallery 55 (Shanghai) and FRED (London).
May 27-June 2, 2008
Held at the historic Manege building near the Kremlin, the 5th installation of the Moscow World Fine Art fair offers 75 dealers in fine art, decorative objects and fine jewelry.
May 29-June 1, 2008
The granddaddy of contemporary design fairs presents 65 specialists in decorative arts at the Park Avenue Armory, along with a program of lectures on art and design, a gala preview to benefit the Museum of Arts & Design and more.
May 30–June 1, 2008
Hosted by the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) in the Texas metropolis, the CADD Art Fair brings 11 local dealers to Three Three Three First Avenue.
June 2-7, 2008
The popular, Merchandise Mart-owned Basel satellite returns to the Ultra Brag building in Basel, with programming this year selected by Christoph Doswald, James Elaine, Francesco Manacorda, Chus Martinez and Jasper Sharp.
June 3-8, 2008
"The art world’s most important discoverer fair" continues its mission of presenting galleries that have been in business less than five years, with ca. 60 exhibitors.
June 3-8, 2008
Located at a 60,000 square-foot, air-conditioned, glass-faced pavilion on the Rhine, Scope Basel touts "one-person and thematic group shows" from 100 international exhibitors.
June 4-8, 2008
Almost 300 galleries are featured in what is probably the most important international show of modern and contemporary art. The show takes place at the Swiss Exhibition Center in Basel, with special sections including "Art Statements" (solo shows by artists at emerging galleries), "Art Premier" (intergenerational dialogues between artists) and "Art Unlimited" (an entire warehouse-sized building filled with large-scale projects).
June 12-15, 2008
Art priced between $100-$10,000 at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion, courtesy some 35 galleries.
June 12-14, 2008
The second annual Look3 takes place at venues throughout downtown Charlottesville, Vir., with exhibitions and appearances by photography legends like Mary Ellen Mark, Joel-Peter Witkin and James Nachtwey.
June 18-Sept. 7, 2008
Under artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the theme of the Sydney Biennale is "Revolutions -- Forms that Turn," an exploration of the contemporary desire for change. The show takes place at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Sydney Opera House and Cockatoo Island in Sydney harbor.
8th Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art
International Fine Art Fair
Art HK 08
2008 Reykjavik Arts Festival
Moscow World Fine Art Fair
Sofa New York
CADD Art Fair
Art 29 Basel
Affordable Art Fair 2008
Look3 Festival of the Photograph
Biennale of Sydney