There is something supercharged about the energy of Fall, when the crisper weather brings with it an invigorating, packed cultural schedule. There is plenty to see and do around the art world, so mark your calendars and start your engines…
FRIEZE LONDON (October 15 – 18):
One of the heaviest-hitting fairs on the global art carousel, Frieze draws some of the biggest and most influential galleries from around the world. This year’s programming includes Live, a new section dedicated to performance-based works. Concurrent sister fair Frieze Masters focuses on historical artworks for those looking for a break from the ultra-contemporary.
LA BIENNALE DE MONTREAL (October 21 – April 1):
This year’s theme is L’avenir (“Looking Forward”), which aims to frame the biennial’s examination of contemporary art with an eye to projecting the future. Co-produced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, events are held throughout the city and include exhibition openings,performance pieces, panel discussions and artist talks with the likes of Shirin Neshat.
TORONTO ART FAIRS (October 24 – 27):
More good news for Canadian art enthusiasts: Art Toronto is back at the Metro Convention Centre for its 15th edition, hosting more than 100 galleries showing both classical Canadian and international contemporary art. This year, however, it will have crosstown company: the brand-new Feature Art Fair will debut with a select 23 galleries, including cutting-edge favourites like Clint Roenisch, Birch Contemporary and Erin Stump Projects.
PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS (October 25 – January 25):
Los Angeles-based curator Franklin Sirmans is Artistic Director of the third installment of this citywide art biennial featuring the work of 58 international artists (including Shigeru Ban of Japan; South Africa’s Pieter Hugo, and Analia Saban of Argentina). Exhibitions and events include installations at the Contemporary Arts Center, and Basquiat and the Bayou at the Ogden Museum, examining the psychological and aesthetic presence that the American South on Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s body of work.
AUCTION WEEK IN NYC (November 4 – 14):
Major sales from Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips will see the art world’s biggest collectors descending upon Manhattan (or calling in by telephone) to compete for Impressionist and Contemporary masterworks. Highlights from this season’s Impressionist auctions include a Van Gogh still life at Sotheby’s estimated between $30 and $50 million, and Edouard Manet’s 1881 canvas, Le Printemps, estimated at $25 to $35 million at Christie’s. Contemporary offerings include Andy Warhol’s Happy x 30, 1968 at Phillips and Louise Bourgeois’ Spider, estimated between $5 and $7 million at Sotheby’s.
IFPDA PRINT FAIR (November 5 – 9):
Print enthusiasts and novice collectors could scarcely find a better selection of works, ranging from Old Masters to Modern works, than this New York City fair. Held just in time to capture the auction week crowd’s eyes.
PARIS PHOTO (November 13 – 16):
Now in its 16th year and held in the stately Grand Palais, this fair is widely regarded as the most esteemed photography fair worldwide, (and spawned a stateside iteration taking place in LA in April). Programming includes Acqua #5, an on-site exhibition on the theme of water presented by Giorgio Armani, and a showcase of American photographs recently acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art.