Upcoming Fall Art Fairs and How to Visit Gallery Shows

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Summer is over and the Fall art scene is in full gear!  

Artists have been hard at work creating new pieces while you lounged on the beach and with September here, their galleries are now hosting regular openings again.  While each gallery has their own schedule, it's typical for galleries to exhibit an artist's work for 4 to 8 weeks before switching to the next artist.  This means that each month there will be many new shows to see.  A great strategy for viewing the shows is to cluster your visits - figure out when opening nights are as they're often grouped together and then hit multiple galleries at the same time.  For example, in New York you might cluster a number of Chelsea galleries on Saturday evening or in San Francisco you might check out the Minnesota Street Project's gallery openings all under one roof.  A great resource for checking out openings is ArtForum and in particular their app, which allows you to search by city.

Looking to move beyond the galleries, possibly combining a great fall trip?  Here are three premier upcoming international Art Fairs to plan a visit to or around:

October - Frieze London
London is New York's sister city when it comes to the art world, and Frieze London is perhaps London's top art event of the year with more than 160 leading international galleries in attendance.  You're also now past the summer tourist season and ahead of the Holidays, so it's a great time to visit the city more broadly.

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November - SOFA Chicago
The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair is a premier show unique for its dedication to 3D art (sculpture and the like).  With ~80 dealers, this is a great place to see some of the best sculpture and other 3D design.

December - Art Basel Miami
Art Basel is right at the top of the international Art Fair scene, and their December Miami show is considered by many to be the top U.S. Art Fair annually.  Better yet, over a dozen additional shows are now clustered around Art Basel.

As a warning to all - gallery openings and Art Fairs are incredibly fun, exciting events and it's easy to get caught up in the moment and come home with an impulse buy.  Nothing wrong with this at all!  But we also recommend pausing, breathing, sleeping on it, and coming back the next day or weeks later if you still have to have it.  And if you're having doubts, ask Keenlee for help - our Art Advisors can help with quick questions or lengthy purchase decisions and multiple options.