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art fairs (as of 8_22_13, there are 180 major art fairs)

african photography biennial... in bamako, mali ...  (4_21_12)
ARCO
... in madrid (5_11_12)
armory show
... as of 2010, it was NY's pre-eminent contemporary art sale...operated by merchandise mart, a conglomerate that stages a variety of trade shows -- NYT (4_28_12) ny annual show (5_5_12) an older fair (5_11_12) ... more info here (9_4_12)
(3_8_13)
art asia miami... more info here (12_7_12)

***art basel hong kong... is what art HK will be called next spring (6_9_12)
***art basel
miami beach.
.. the most important contemporary art fair in the world, according to "60 Minutes"... frequented by Larry Gagosian... 265 dealers... (4_1_12) (4_14_12)... in Southern Florida... Opens Dec. 1.... Began 2002... 205 galleries exhibit there... 80 more galleries take the smaller spaces....Marc Spiegler is the co-director of the fair.... (5_5_12)
***art basel, switzerland
..."The world's most important contemporary art fair," according to writer Sarah Thornton. ... directed from 2000-(at least) 2008 by samuel keller... this fair first opned in 1970 (5_11_12)... owned by the MCH group (6_9_12)..." the leading international contemporary and modern art fair... more than 300 galleries from 36 countries are showing around 2,500 artists... with 73 U.S. galleries in attendance"-- WSJ
(6_16_12)... attracted ~ 86,000 visitors this year in June (8_22_13)
art cologne
... 60,000 visitors... and 300 international galleries (4_14_12) an older fair (5_11_12)
***art HK
...the chinese regions major contemporary art fair... the Hong Kong International Art Fair... a booming art fair... has 266 slots...."western galleries make up about half of the fair's dealers... next spring, art hk will be renamed art basel hong kong" -- WSJ
(6_9_12)... the most important art fair in asia... directed by magnus renfrew (9_28_13)
art show, the
(3_8_13)
berlin biennial
(5_11_12)
british art fair
... at the royal college of art...more info here (9_29_12)
chicago art fair
... an older fair... (5_11_12)
dallas art fair
(4_7_12)... co-founder chris byrne
dallas biennale.
..organized by the dallas contemporary museum (4_7_12)
***documenta 13
.. of kassel, germany (5_11_12)... "a fair showing contemporary art which may draw in 750,000 visitors.... in northern german city of kassel every five years" -- NYT... 180 participants (6_9_12)
fotofest 2012 biennial
.. contemporary russian photography... houston, tx ... (4_21_12)
fresh paint
... tel aviv art fair  (5_12_12)
***frieze..
. London's largest contemporary art fair...182 galleries participating...attended by gagosian.. began in 2003.. the "focal point of the british art calendar" -- NYT (4_28_12)... an off-shoot of frieze magazine, begun in 1991.  (4_28_12) (5_11_12)
*** frieze... new york
... 180 galleries are represented... on randalls island (5_5_12)... now 186 galleries... takes place on randall's island off manhattan... it is an offshoot of art frieze london (5_11_13)
***frieze masters...in london
... 101 galleries selling art made before 2000... more info here (10_15_12)
gwangju biennial
(5_11_12)
havana biennial
(5_11_12)
(5_19_12)
independent, the
... 40 galleries attend 
(3_8_13) in chelsea (5_11_13)
istanbul biennial (5_11_12)
la biennale di venezia.
.. first held in 1895 (5_11_12)
los angeles contemporary art fair
... it was known as Art/LA  (5_11_12)
lyon biennial
(5_11_12)
maastricht art fair
(6_10_12)
moscow biennial
(5_11_12)
NADA NYC
... "the first NY City fair organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance (a non-profit collective that's been on since 2002)... it showcases emerging galleries from around the world... 66 exhibitors from 11 countries"-- NYT (5_5_12)
NADA Miami 
... beachside setting... (5_5_12)
outside art fair
... in chelsea (5_11_13)
santa fe biennial
(5_11_12)
sao paulo, brazil biennial
(5_11_12)
shanghai biennial
(5_11_12)
sharjah biennial
(5_11_12)
sp arte.
.. sao paulo, brazil art fair
sydney biennial
(5_11_12)
***Tefaf
... the european fine art fair... in the dutch town of maastricht, the netherlands... known as europe's greatest old masters fair... lasts 10 days... in 2012, 72,000 visitors attended Tefaf (3_20_13)
tribal art fair 
(5_13_12)
***Tefaf Beijing
... will begin in the fall of 2014... it lasts four or five days (3_20_13)
***venice biennale
(4_11_12)  (5_5_12) (5_11_12) (5_13_12) drew in 440,000 visitors in 2011
(6_9_12)
***whitney biennial  (5_5_12) (5_11_12)... "a proving ground for emerging artists" -- the WSJ... more info here  (11_30_12)... the curators for the whitney biennial 2014 are stuart comer (curator of film at the tate modern, london), anthony elms (assistant curator at the philadelphia's institute of contemporary art), and michelle grabner (professor and chair of the painting and drawing department at the school of the art institute, chicago.  Furthermore, ms. grabner is a senior critic at yale university in the department of painting and printmaking). (6_12_13)