Visitors walking through the Abu Dhabi Art fair, held each November.
Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art

The Best Art and Design Fairs Around the World This November

From The Salon Art + Design in New York to the Shanghai Biennale, November fairs span the globe

In the coming days, some of the world’s most anticipated art fairs and biennales will kick off. In North America, the sixth iteration of The Salon Art + Design brings 56 galleries to New York’s storied Park Avenue Armory, while in Europe, Paris’s International Fine Art Photography Fair—known as Paris Photo—unites 200 exhibitors, from leading galleries to specialized art-book dealers and publishers. (Taking place alongside Paris Photo, a high point in the Parisian cultural calendar, Saint Laurent is launching its new artistic project, “Self 01.” The first is a collaboration with Japanese artist Daido Moriyama. The exhibition will take place from November 9 to 11 at the Palais Royal in Paris.)

Bosco Sodi, Untitled, 2017. Raw pigment, sawdust, wood pulp, natural fibers, and glue on wooden slab. The work is on display at the booth of Axel Vervoordt in Shanghai. Photo: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Visitors walking through the Abu Dhabi art fair, held each November. Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art

In recent years, Shanghai has emerged as one of Asia’s liveliest hubs of contemporary art. Never has it been more evident than now as industry power players descend on the city for ART021 Shanghai and West Bund Art & Design. The strength and buzz in the market are revealed in the numbers. In 2013, the first Art021 had just 29 exhibitors. This year, there are 103, including 30 newcomers.

Martin Asbæk, Openhaus Zürich, 2016, on display at Paris Photo. Photo: The artist and Martin Asbæk Gallery
The Shanghai Biennale will be held at the Power Station of Art, the first state-run museum for contemporary art in mainland China, through March 10. Photo: Luc Boegly

The West Bund Art & Design, in its fifth year, has grown from 70 to 110 exhibitors, with 39 new exhibitors. Also in Shanghai is the Shanghai Biennale, which takes place at the sprawling Power Station of Art, curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, chief curator of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporanea in Mexico City. Forty artists, including Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Alfred Jaar, Yasumasa Morimura, and Samson Young, have been selected to explore the theme “​Proregress—Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence.”

Yin Xiuzhens, Black Hole, 2013, will be exhibited by Pace Gallery at West Bund Art & Design. It is an installation combining a multilayered board, used clothes, and LED lights. Photo: Courtesy of Pace Beijing
Pia Maria Raeder, Sea Anemones 11-12, 2017, at The Salon Art + Design Fair in New York. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie BSL

Read on for our selection of the top art and design happenings around the world in November.


The Salon Art + Design, New York
November 8–12


Paris Photo, Paris
November 8–11

Art Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf
November 16–18

Vienna Art Week, Vienna
November 19–25

Us by Night, Antwerp
November 22–24

Cologne Fine Art, Cologne
November 22–November 25


West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai
November 8–11

ART021, Shanghai
November 9–11

Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
November 10–March 10


Dubai Design Week, Dubai
November 12–17

Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi
November 14–17


CH.ACO, Santiago
November 22–26

Cover: Visitors walking through the Abu Dhabi Art fair, held each November.
Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art


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