Huge international art exhibitions like the ones I wrote about in “Can’t Miss Art Fairs Around the World” are fun, but they can leave you footsore and overwhelmed. For those interested in smaller fairs that are more tightly focused on one artistic medium, try these events.
Salon du Dessin
March 22-26, 2018 | Palais Brongniart, Paris
Drawing is the foundation of art, and every March, passionate fans of the medium gather at the Salon du Dessin in Paris to celebrate it and expand their collection. The 2018 fair, its 27th edition, featured 39 exhibitors who will offer old master drawings by Jean Baptiste Greuze and Il Guernico, modern drawings by Alexander Calder and Jean Arp, and contemporary drawings by David Hockney and Robert Motherwell. It will also feature a display of design drawings for tiaras from the French jewelry house Maison Chaumet.
The Photography Show
April 5-8, 2018 | Pier 94, New York City
Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), The Photography Show moved from the Park Avenue Armory to Pier 94 in 2017 and made the most of its new, larger space by adding 51 exhibitors, for a total of 119. Hans P. Kraus Jr. brought 19th-century images by Gustave Le Gray and the Rev. Calvert Richard Jones; Edwynn Houk Gallery had Alfred Stieglitz’s 1919 portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe; and Yancey Richardson Gallery offered portraits shot in 2016 by Mickalene Thomas. (If photography is of interest, read “6 Essential Photo Galleries in New York” for the best places to view it in Manhattan.)
International Fine Print Dealers Association Print fair
October 25-28, 2018 | Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City
As with The Photography Show, the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair (IFPDA) outgrew the Park Avenue Armory and decamped to a bigger Manhattan venue in 2017 — the Jacob K. Javits Center. The 81 exhibitors cover the full range of the printer’s art, from woodcuts and mezzotints to engravings and digital prints. Visitors to the print fair can do something that even the wealthiest collectors of paintings and sculptures cannot: acquire works by Mary Cassatt, Paul Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, James Turrell, Jasper Johns, and Brice Marden under one roof, in the same afternoon.