The global economy is not at its best at the moment. Europe is struggling and China is no longer growing at a double-digit rate. However, these grim circumstances have done little to derail the art business. Dealers and buyers continue to descend upon art fairs and auctions around the world to sell, bid, and acquire. The Financialist has compiled an agenda of the top art events being held all over the globe between now and 2013.
1. Sotheby’s Evening Sale – October 12, London
Works by Gerhard Richter as well as Yves Klein’s RE 9-I, which could sell for as much as £9 million, will be on the auction block that evening.
2. FIAC – October 18th to 21st, Paris
Paris’ flagship art fair has helped put the City of Light back on the map of the contemporary art business. One artist worth noting is former Warhol assistant Ari Marcopolous, whose intimate photographs vividly document America’s rebellious youth.
3. Abu Dhabi Art — November 7th to 10th, Abu Dhabi
New York’s Gagosian and Tony Shafrazi Galleries, as well as London’s Waterhouse & Dodd, will be in the Emirate showcasing their work in what is fast becoming one of the region’s most active art markets.
4. SP-Arte/Foto – November 8th to 11th, São Paulo
São Paulo’s annual art fair does not start until May. In the meantime, Brazil’s largest city is putting together a rich photography showcase that includes works by performance artist Marina Abramovic.
5. Art Basel Miami – December 6th to 9th, Miami.
When it comes to contemporary art, all roads eventually lead to Miami and the legendary Art Basel fair. A must see this year are Jon Kessler’s unique robot-like sculptures, which are each a testament to the influence of modern technology on our daily lives.
Credits: Yves Klein, RE 9-I, courtesy of Sotheby’s; Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (Fiac); Abu Dhabi Art; Marina Abramovic, SP-Arte/Foto; Jon Kessler, Sculpture, Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94