Beyond Art Basel Hong Kong, mark your calendar for more international contemporary-art events taking place in 2019.
Basel, Switzerland; June 11-16
Switzerland’s first and only fair dedicated to photography-based art aims to feature emerging as well as established exhibitors and artists, and bring its audience closer to photography as a medium. It helps that it runs parallel to Art Basel.
Basel, Switzerland; June 13-16
The original Art Basel, widely considered the benchmark of the contemporary-art fairs, continues to be the nexus of the international art world. Last year, the fair kicked off with “a mild-mannered stampede” as collectors splashed out millions on the most coveted pieces.
Copenhagen, Denmark; August 30-September 1
The leading Nordic contemporary-art fair, Chart was established in 2013 with a mission to “challenge the boundaries and experiences of a traditional art fair”. Its three pillars consist of the commercial art fair, Chart Design for collectible design and Chart Social, a non-profit programme exploring alliances with music, performance and other creative arts.
Sydney, Australia; September 12-15
The fifth staging of Australasia’sleading art fair returns to the Carriageworks arts centre. What it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity — with artists from more than 30 countries, an array of curated sectors, and even pop-up restaurants by top Aussie chefs.
London, UK; October 3-6
The first of the four Frieze fairs, Frieze London showcases works by more than 1,000 artists alongside a full programme of films, talks and more at scenic Regent’s Park. Last year’s edition swept in with a wave of women artists and feminist power, perhaps signalling more shifts to come?
Shanghai, China; November 7-10
Drawing art lovers to the glittering streets of Shanghai and its West Bund Art Center,this nearly five-year-old fair offers an established platform for international exhibitors of modern and contemporary art. A full range of associated events doesn’t hurt either.
Miami Beach, Florida; December 5-8
Art Basel’s American edition gathers leading galleries from the region and around the world, attracting more than 70,000 visitors annually — no doubt in part for the celeb- spotting and party-hopping that the fair has become known for.