This Fall’s Must-See European Art Fairs

While the global pandemic drove much of the event-driven market to shift online, 2021 not only saw the global art market recover strongly, but witnessed a major rebound of art fairs across the world. And even with fewer events compared to pre-covid levels, almost 30% of the total art sales in 2021 were generated from art fairs.  And this is from a global art market that reached an estimated $65.1 billion in sales last year. What’s more, over half of all art fairs in 2021 were held in Europe. So, if you’re looking to dip your toe into the art market – or indeed dive right in – attending one of Europe’s art fairs this fall is an excellent place to start. 

Considered by many the UK’s most important is Frieze London, held over four days from the 12th to the 16th of October. It’s one of the leading art fairs where you can discover some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, from the emerging to the iconic. This year’s 2022 edition will showcase over 160 of the most significant art galleries from around the world. Also within strolling distance is its sister fair, Frieze Masters, which explores thousands of years of art history from the ancient era to the late 20th century.

Next in the fall art fair calendar is Paris+ par Art Basel, from the 19th to 23rd October. It’s the first time that Art Basel is hosting an art fair in the French capital, and is split into three sections. ‘Galeries’ is the main exhibition specializing in modern and contemporary art; the ‘Galeries Émergentes’ section introduces young and emerging artists through solo presentations; and ‘Sites’ is dedicated to artistic projects taking place across the city of Paris.

The third of Europe’s must-see art fairs is Italy’s Artissima. It’s actually the only Italian art fair exclusively focusing on contemporary art, and includes a broad range of artists from 174 Italian and international galleries. It will have seven sections in all, four flagship sections – Main Section, New Entries, Monologue/Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions – and the three curated sections – Disegni, Present Future and Back to the Future. The art fair will be open to the public from the 4th to the 6th November.

“If you’re looking to dip your toe into the art market – or indeed dive right in – attending one of Europe’s art fairs this fall is an excellent place to start. “

If you’re looking to build your art portfolio, art fairs offer the perfect opportunity to snap up work by the most promising breakout artists. Navigating the fairs, however, can be overwhelming – and that’s where an art advisor can help. Knowing where to go and what to do will ensure you get the most out of each art fair. With their decades of experience and in-depth industry knowledge, sampadian art advisory service is here to guide you on your journey. So if you’re planning to attend one of Europe’s art fairs this fall, email them directly and find out how they can help you take full advantage of your art fair experience and achieve your art investments goals.

Words by Leon Beckenham 

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