Top 10 summer art fairs 2015

In the month that saw Picasso’s 1955 painting, Women of Algiers, and Giacometti’s life-size sculpture, Pointing Man, both reach record-breaking prices at auction (£115/$179.3m and £90.6m/$141.3m respectively), Victor shares our pick of the biggest upcoming art fairs taking place in Europe and the US.

Whether you’re in the market to invest or simply to enjoy, Victor can get you there and back and will even make sure there’s enough room to safely transport any purchases you might have made. Our expert team are on hand 24/7 to advise – email

Kunst Rai

May 27th – 31st (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

This year sees the 31st edition of KunstRai, Holland’s oldest contemporary art fair. The KunstRAI is the leading Amsterdam art fair for modern and contemporary art from both Dutch as well as foreign artists. A one-audience fair with 60 high class galleries who reflect the diversity, quality and pluralism of the historic rich offer of Dutch art.

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June 4th – 7th (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

arteBA, one of Latin America’s most important art fairs, taking place at the La Rural multipurpose exhibition and conference centre in the Palermo neighbourhood. This year’s fair will mark arteBA’s 24th edition, and is expected to welcome approximately 100,000 visitors.

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BAAF Brussel 2015

June 10th – 14th (Brussels, Belgium)

After a very successful 12th edition, in terms of visitors and sales, the exhibitors of the Brussels Ancient Art Fair (BAAF) are preparing the 2015 venue, focusing on quality and aesthetics. In partnership with the IADAA, the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, the BAAF will welcome 12 of the most renowned international dealers. These will bring to Brussels carefully chosen pieces for the pleasure of the serious collectors but also of art and history lovers and connoisseurs.

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Art Basel

June 18th – 21st (Basel, Switzerland)

Since 1970 Art Basel has drawn together leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia – affording a platform for the masters of Modern and contemporary art, through to the latest generation of emerging talents. The show is divided into eight sections, with the ‘Galleries’ area featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art produced by no less than 4,000 artists.

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Masterpiece Art Fair

June 25th – July 1st (London, UK)

Masterpiece London presents art and design of the highest order. Offering for sale museum-quality works with superb provenance from over 150 leading galleries worldwide, Masterpiece provides a unique opportunity to buy the best pieces available across multiple disciplines in the current market. Showcasing works that span over 3,000 years of art history, from antiquity to the present day, the Fair creates an unparalleled event for collectors, and provides something of interest for every visitor.

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Art Hamptons

July 2nd – 5th (Bridgehampton, NY, USA)

ArtHamptons remains the first art fair of the summer season and where Hamptonites go to acquire their fine art. This summer, the fair moved up one week to take advantage of the most populous weekend of the year – Independence Day weekend. ArtHamptons is positioned as one of the leading attractions of the weekend, not only for second homeowners and their guests, but for year round residents and visiting tourists.

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Brown’s London Art Weekend

July 3rd – 5th (Mayfair & St James’s, London)

A relative newcomer on the festival calendar but no less significant, Brown’s London Art Weekend celebrates the rich variety of private galleries and auction houses in Mayfair and St James’s. The fair’s epicentre can be found at Mayfair’s prestigious Brown’s Hotel, which is hosting a programme of specialist art talks, covering topics from ‘How to start your art collection’ to ‘Fashion in Art’ and ‘The history of art in Mayfair’.

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ART santa fe

July 9th – 12th (Sante Fe, New Mexico)

4th Place Winner USA Today’s Top Ten Art Fairs & Festivals! Galleries from around the world will once again offer an outstanding overview of modern and contemporary art. “Santa Fe is dotted with 240 art galleries and is the home of ART Santa Fe, an international art fair that attracts buyers and tourists from around the world. The Santa Fe art scene is one of the best you will find anywhere.” – The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine.

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August 8th – 16th (Knokke-Heist, Belgium)

The 40th edition of Art Nocturne Knocke takes place from 8 to 16 August 2015. This prestigious arts & antiques fair welcomes a selection of more than 40 Belgian and international galleries. Young art lovers and experienced collectors alike appreciate the evening fair that excels for style and quality and the presence of carefully selected participants from the international forum.

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Istanbul Art International

September 4th – 6th (Istanbul, Turkey)

Bringing together leading international and local galleries, this leading modern and contemporary art fair in Istanbul offers unrivalled access to exciting new art from Turkey, Europe, the US, the Middle East and beyond. Drawing on its unique geographic location as a gateway between ‘East’ and ‘West’, the fair is fast becoming a cultural bridge across the global art world. In addition to the participation of leading and emerging galleries, the fair provides a programme of exhibitions, events and forums, enabling visitors to experience the rich cultural history of Istanbul alongside the flourishing local contemporary art scene developing today.

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