11 Art Fairs to Visit Worldwide in Early 2016

Collectors' Tip, Top Lists, Art Fairs

January 4, 2016

The New Year, bringing new opportunities, is just around the corner. We’ll still have the same old famous art fairs, but with new artists, new artworks and new possibilities for enriching your art collection. Art fairs are a unique opportunity for collectors, but also for art lovers, to check out the latest trends in contemporary art, to see what the latest market trends are and, finally, to enjoy amazing art. As you probably already know, the most exciting thing when it comes to art fairs is the plurality of the offer. At good and well-known art fairs, there are always dozens of participating galleries and exhibitors, and you can find just about anything you like. So, prepare yourself for new adventures and new excitements at art fairs in 2016, and take a look at 10 art fairs you should visit in early 2016!

LA Art Show

The LA Art Show, the 200,000 square foot art fair that welcomed more than 50,000 art enthusiasts to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past year, will launch its newly curated art show experience at the upcoming 2016 event. Looking back on the 20 year history of the LA Art Show, one can’t help noticing how it has evolved, changing locations and growing in diversity to reflect the trajectory of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene. For the 2016 show, the art fair wants to offer visitors and collectors a new hosted art experience which will entail a fair devoted to only Modern and Contemporary art. Located next door, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show will exhibit works of Historic and Traditional Contemporary Art. Founded in 1994, the show has grown from a small regional event featuring 14 galleries to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries. The art fair will take place January 27-31, 2016.

BRAFA Brussels Art Fair

BRAFA, or the Brussels Art Fair, is one of the longest running art and antiques fairs in the world and is organized every year by the nonprofit Belgian Antiques Fair Association. The first ever BRAFA was held in the Arlequin Hall of the Galerie Louiza in 1956. The 61st edition is about to take place, bringing together 137 exhibitors from 17 countries – 20 specialities and 55.000 visitors. The art fair will take place January 23-31, 2016.

Outsider Art Fair New York

Outsider Art Fair New York is an art fair that promotes the so-called “outsider art”. This art fair is truly unique – although formally, there are no differences between other “usual” art fairs and Outsider Art Fair, when it comes to the artists presented, the situation is a bit different. The Outsider Art Fair gathers together galleries specializing in the work of self-taught artists. The whole idea of the art fair is based on the concept of outsider art. In recent years, “Outsider Artists” may have even come to outnumber “Insider Artists” who have achieved critical validation within the elite art world, and yet who speak with increasingly less clarity and relevance to us about the human experience. The art fair will take place January 21-24, 2016.

London Art Fair

The 28th edition of London Art Fair takes place from 20 - 24 January 2016.  Annually launching the art world year, the Fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. Museum quality Modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today's leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to the present day.  In addition to the main Fair you'll also find two curated sections focusing on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography; Art Projects and Photo50.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Los Angeles Contemporary returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, a known arts venue with 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and soaring 40 foot ceilings. The fair presents top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Participants present some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. The fair provides a sophisticated yet accessible environment for art collectors, curators, and patrons of the arts alike to enjoy. It will take place January 28-31, 2016.


artgeneve is an art exhibition, which aims to establish an artistic platform in the Suisse Romande - at the very forefront of contemporary art, modern art and contemporary design – which pays homage to the requirements of the Lake Geneva region’s many collectors and art-lovers. artgeneve welcomes international galleries and also devotes a large area to public and private collections, as well as independent spaces and curators, acknowledging the dynamism created through dialogue between institutions and dealers. The art fair takes place January 28-31, 2016.

India Art Fair

India Art Fair is South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art and portal to the region’s cultural landscape. Founded in 2008, India Art Fair has become the bedrock of a now booming cultural community with connections to every level of the market. Building on these foundations, India Art Fair is expanding its programming to reflect South Asia’s immense diversity in the visual arts and to provide a platform for innovation across disciplines and exchange, throughout the region and the world. India Art Fair will in 2016 present a refreshed, curatorial approach to its gallery programming through working closely with select exhibitors to balance international participation with the strongest content from South Asia, both established and emerging. With renewed strategies emphasizing, quality, diversity and innovation India Art Fair looks forward to its most rigorous edition to date. The art fair rakes place January 28-31, 2016.

Material Art Fair Mexico City

The third edition of the Material Art Fair will take place from February 4th - 7th, 2016 at EXPO REFORMA, a convention center in the Juarez neighborhood of Mexico City, centrally located near the city’s financial district as well as the Centro Historico, San Rafael, and Roma-Condesa neighborhoods. The venue features ample parking, numerous hotels within walking distance, and some of the city’s best museums and cultural attractions only minutes away. Material will be expanding to feature over 60 galleries, non-profits, and artist-run spaces, each carefully selected by the fair’s 2016 Selection Committee from a competitive and international group of applicants. The fair will be designed by Mexico City-based architecture studio APRDELESP in collaboration with designer Carla Valdivia, who is also responsible for the Material's new graphic identity.

Art Wynwood

Art Wynwood reflects the dynamic environment of Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District, which over the last decade has gained international renown as the hub of South Florida’s contemporary art scene. Graffiti artists from all over the world grace the walls of this edgy neighborhood with vibrant, provocative murals that set an energetic tone for the increasingly diverse galleries, restaurants and shops lining the sidewalks. Art Wynwood 2016 will feature 70 international galleries showing emerging, contemporary and modern works. The fair’s run from February 11 to 15, 2016, coincides with the long holiday weekend of Presidents Day and the Miami International Boat Show. This esteemed nautical exposition – based less than five miles from the Art Wynwood pavilion (the site of Art Miami each December)– draws more than 100,000 boating aficionados from around the globe and transforms Miami Beach’s iconic Collins Avenue into a multimillion-dollar promenade of yachts.


ARCOmadrid, that will host its 35th anniversary next year, will take place from February 24 to 28th February at Feria de Madrid. On its 35th Anniversary, ARCOmadrid will be present in the city of Madrid through a specific projects in some of the most representative city’s public institutions. More than one hundred galleries will participate at ARCOmadrid.

Art Karlsruhe

With numerous one-artist shows and generous sculpture zones and numerous resting areas, the visitors of the Art Karlsruhe will have plenty of opportunity to get an overview and relax as they walk around the halls and as you transition from seeing to collecting. The clear layout also helps distinguish the halls from each other thematically. In Hall 1 you will find an emphasis on photography and original editions, Halls 2 and 3 concentrate purely on painting and sculpture, whilst contemporary art of the 21st Century has its very own space in Hall 4 (the dm-arena). The art fair opens on February 18 and last until February 21, 2016.

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