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The Many Pleasures of Madrid

For its 38th edition, ARCOmadrid (February 27-March 3) will draw 203 galleries from 30 countries worldwide, attracting new participants like Meyer Riegger from Germany, Rodeo from England, and Edward Tyler Nahem from the US.Over two-thirds of the galleries ar

Sun, Beaches and Art in Cape Town

Laura Vincenti is the director of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (February 15 – 17), now in its seventh edition. She says that Cape Town is the place to be for all art practitioners and connoisseurs as it gives access to the artistic production taking plac

Shanghai Native Weiwei Wang on the Biennale and her City

For its 12th edition, the Shanghai Biennale has christened itself “Pro-regress — Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence,” pointedly expressing its skeptical outlook.The premise is an extension of the 2015 Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor, whic

Rotterdam with Anne van der Zwaag of OBJECT Design Fair

Object, a design fair held in the industrial HAKA building in Rotterdam, attracts collectors, professionals and “other designminded people.” Running February 8-10 this year, this platform for limitededitions and new projects stems from a by-invitation sel

Founder of Zonamaco Fairs on Mexico City and its Art Scene

Mexico City, the largest metropolis in North America, is sinking, as much as one meter a year, but it’s reputation as an art capitol continues to skyrocket.ZONAMACO, founded in 2002 by Zelika Garcia, has done more than its part to draw international attenti

The director of Photo LA on What she Loves About her Hometown

Photo LA returns for its 27th year as the longest-running photographic art exposition on the West Coast, and this year it’s in a new home, the Barker Hangar. With soaring vaulted ceilings and arched steel trusses, the 35,000-square-foot former airplane hang

Art in the hub of Banking and Diplomacy

As a haven for banking and NGOs, Geneva sometimes gets a bad rap for being a bit staid and very expensive. But the city’s lovely setting favors those who love the outdoors and its fine art scene is growing. On that last point, in late January art lovers wil

The Best of Brussels with BRAFA’s Beatrix Bourdon

Beatrix Bourdon, the managing director of the BRAFA Art Fair, is not native to Brussels, but she has adopted the city as her own, and her enthusiasm for its charms and for BRAFA is infectious.BRAFA, one of the world’s oldest art fairs and the one that arriv

Kim Martindale on LA’s Evolving Art Scene

Originally from Southern California, Kim Martindale has, from the spirited age of 16, organized art shows around the American West.But he’s also an artist in his own right and someone who has developed varied interests during a nomadic life. Martindale has

A Fair Debut in Taipei

Magnus Renfrew is opening doors in Asia. In 2007, he founded and directed Art HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair, which helped position Hong Kong as the center of the art market in Asia and was later acquired by Art Basel. Now, Renfrew might be doing the sa

San Francisco with Susan Swig of FOG Design+Art

Susan Swig, one of the organizers of FOG Design+Art, was born in San Francisco and loves her hometown. As a member of the fair’s steering committee, she is also responsible for its programming.The sixth edition of FOG, opening January 17, will celebrate th

For the Love of London

For Sarah Monk, director of the London Art Fair (Jan 16-20), now in its 31st year, the city is the cultural capital of the world, a fascinating window on the art world, and her home for the past 23 years. Her position at the fair gives her a unique perspectiv

Wandering In Istanbul

Kerimcan Guleryuz says his goal is to “do what is necessary.” For now, that means “an open-door policy,” he says, “which is not how most galleries in Turkey operate.”A veteran of the Istanbul arts scene, Guleryuz has spent decades running alternat

Connecting to History in Krakow

For New Year’s Eve, the Paris gallery owner Anne-Sarah Benichou will visit Krakow with her family, her sister and mother. It is first of all a homecoming for her because of her Polish origins, and moreover a journey into the history of Eastern Europe, whic

The Best Skiing Holidays This Season

As a child and young adult, I’ve experienced skiing in most of the French ones (and you’ll find a couple of my favorites here). But I’ve been daydreaming about the world’s other amazing slopes, especially when my friends at my favorite ski shop (La Ha

The Best of Goa This Season

There are as many must-do Goa itineraries as the number of friends who have “done” this holiday destination on the western coast of India. And to say nothing of the tailor-made trips on offer on travel portals.But the one and only itinerary that works bes

Miami At Night, Done Like The Locals Do

In the public imagination, all of Miami leads a life of glamour and luxury. Between the beaches and late-night dance clubs, all hours of the day can be spent indulging one’s whims.In early December, hundreds of gallerists, artists, collectors, descend upon

Miami, Beyond the Hype

For lovers of art, the needle on the compass is turning inexorably toward 25.76º N 80.19ºW. That’s Miami, already buzzing with activity for the most glamorous fair of all — the Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6 – 9) — and nearly a dozen other associ

Walter Gehlen, Director of Art Düsseldorf, on the City’s Unique Cultural Scene

At Art Dusseldorf, more than half of the participating galleries represent Germany and the Benelux countries. The fair mixes regional pride — catering explicitly to collectors within the territory — with a global appeal for those interested in Dusseldorf

VU' Gallerist Caroline Bénichou on Her Favorite Spots in Paris

Agence VU’ was founded in Paris in 1986, forking off from the French daily newspaper Liberation and named in honor of the iconic publication VU (the first weekly to feature photo essays, which served as an important precursor to magazines like Life and Look

Florian Wupperfeld on Why Culture is its Own Vertical in the Tourism Industry

Florian Wupperfeld vividly remembers his first flight to New York: He was 10 years old, his father dropped him off at the airport, and he had to wear a special child’s tag strapped around his neck. Today, travel is Wupperfeld’s bread and butter. He is th

New York: Pick Your Spots

When I first moved to New York three years ago, my first goal, before landing a job or anything like that, was to find my “spots.”There are many spots to be found, such as a bar, cafe, or park. But some spots are very specific to New York, places that sim

Paris in Focus

Following the Second World War, four photographers — Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour — started a cooperative that remains iconic to this day: the Magnum Photos agency. Mixing journalistic coverage of worldwide news and

The Salon Art + Design’s Jill Bokor on Top Picks of Her Hometown

THE PARK AVENUE Armory was completed in 1881 and was intended as “both a military facility and a social club.” Like many historic buildings, it has since been converted into a cultural hub that boasts a robust set of art exhibitions, fairs, and performanc

A Neighborhood Guide to Three Art Institutions in Chicago

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each street can seem like a microcosm: a surviving corner of the Old World, infused with different cultural traditions. This sense of diversity is further enhanced by Chicago’s architectural history: after the Great Fire

Maya Allison of NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery on Why She Loves This City

Maya Allison is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. She comes from a curatorial background in academic museums, notably the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. In 2017, her NYUAD exhibition “But We Canno

Achille Salvagni, a New Participant at PAD London, Explains What he Loves About This City

London, like New York and Paris, is so well-known and so high on the wish list of travelers that it almost seems unlikely you could find something new  about it. Yet, every visitor has his own unique version of London, which makes it worth a fresh discov

Renger van den Heuvel of viennacontemporary on what makes his adopted city so special

Viennacontemporary is an art fair that is pretty different from the high-speed jazzy acts in New York, London, Paris or Miami. That’s because of the unique character of the city of Vienna that is big and classy yet slow enough for a creative soul to connec

Maike Cruse of art berlin on the appeal of the German capital

The second edition of art berlin boasts an impressive roster of international galleries from 21 countries and a robust schedule of citywide programming, including talks, openings, concerts, and screenings.This year’s art fair will take place September 27-3

The Art of Living in the Windy City

Perched on Navy Pier with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, Expo Chicago will welcome exhibitors from 27 countries, its most international edition yet. In addition to the exhibitors, there will also be citywide programs including a daylong sympo

Emilia van Lynden of Unseen Amsterdam Photography Fair on her Adopted City

Unseen Amsterdam spotlights what’s new in the globalized world of photography — be it a Greek photography collective in the CO-OP sector, an Iranian gallery at the fair, or a Polish publisher in the Book Market area. Heading into its seventh edition (Sept

Barry Keldoulis on Enjoying his Hometown During Sydney Contemporary

Barry Keldoulis is building a two-way highway between Australia and the art world. After 15 years abroad between New York and Europe, he returned to his hometown of Sydney and started his own gallery in 2003 and, later, became the director of the Sydney

Anastasia Karneeva on How to Enjoy Moscow

At the ongoing Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, the Collector’s Eye program is taking an unusual turn this year in its efforts to help visitors “overcome their fear of missing out,” as described by the fair’s website.“Fomo Sapiens,”

At Home In Paris: The French Capital Through The Eyes Of Franck Millot

Founded in 1995, MAISON&OBJET has provided a macrocosm within which to survey the evolution of the design world. The biannual trade fair brings together thousands of brands that elucidate consumer trends, the market, and the future of design across indust

Rediscoveries in Paris with Mathias Ary Jan

Young, energetic, and rigorous, Mathias Ary Jan, President of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, assumed leadership of what used to be called La Biennale des Antiquaires in 2016. Since then, he has revitalized the art fair by renaming it La Biennale

Mexico City Through The Eyes of Zélika Garcia, Founder of Zonamaco Fairs

A rich ancient and colonial history, an equally rich tradition of arts and crafts, world-renowned artists, a sophisticated cuisine that rivals any in the world — Mexico is all of this and much more.The capital, Mexico City, provides the opportunity to take

DAC Copenhagen’s Jen Masengarb on City’s Built Heritage

“A Walk Through Time,” a new Copenhagen walking tour that celebrates 350 years of Danish design and architecture, gives visitors an inspiring lesson on the city’s architectural history from the 17th century onward. Visitors meet at BLOX, a modern fortre

Don’t want hit-and-run tourism in Venice: Alberta Pane

One doesn’t need an excuse to visit Venice. But the ongoing Biennale Architettura 2018 — 16th International Architecture Exhibition (through November 25) is a good enough reason if you need one. Given the popularity of Venice as a tourist destination, it

Melbourne Art Fair’s Maree Di Pasquale on the City’s Top Picks

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