Paris Art Fair Decoder 2018

Which Fall Fair is right for you?

Each October brings an action-packed week of art fairs and many of our clients ask for help choosing which fairs to attend. Art fairs are rapidly changing - new ones are created, some are consolidating their positions, and others exit the scene… What’s in for 2018 ?

Consider this your Paris art fair decoder -- a lighthearted Q&A to help you decide which fair is the best match for you.


You love name recognition and seeing artists, gallerists and collectors who are on the international art fair circuit. You like recognizing works you've seen in museums and art magazines. The ones that make headlines when they sell at auction. You love to see so much art, among crowds of fellow-admirers, so much art it sets your brain on fire. In a good way.

For certain, you're headed to FIAC, the Foire internationale d'art contemporain.

And if the Grand Palais isn't enough, now, just by crossing the street, you can enjoy a display of works in the splendid Petit Palais....

Public opening days: Oct 18-21. Full price, 38€


You're interested in the next big thing, up-and-coming artists with an edge. Those represented by young galleries willing to take a chance on less well-known names, new techniques and new visions. You want to have an opinion on the latest trends in art, with a less tight and more spontaneous atmosphere, you won't be disappointed by

PARIS INTERNATIONALEthis year in a chic Haussmanian building in the 8th.

Public opening days: Oct 17-21. Free upon registration


You feel that an entire new art market and artist generation is growing and you want to discover it? You will learn, discover and appreciate a lot at Asia NOW Paris. In a nice hotel particulier on avenue Hoche, you will see many great artists, represented by Chinese, Korean and Singaporean galleries, as well as French, Belgian and German ones. Some galleries we like have chosen this fair for their participation in this Paris art week. Don't miss it!

ASIA NOW Paris, Av Hoche.

Public opening days: Oct 18-21. Full price, 38€


You like a fair set in a contemporary space, a manageable amount of French galleries showing works that pass a critical threshold. You want to buy but your budget has fewer zeros than would get you a Jeff Koons. You trust your own inner art critic, you know what you like, or you will know it when you see it. You don't need the marketplace to tell you what to buy. This year, you should visit...

The first edition of BIENVENUE ART FAIR at Cité Internationale des Arts.

Public opening days: Oct 16-27. Free online registration

Or, the Paris Contemporary Art Show by YIA, the Young International Art Fair, in Carreau du Temple. New name, new galleries.

Public opening days: Oct 19-21. Full price: 15€


To see modern art and design up to to the 1950’s, in addition to contemporary art, you should visit the 4 white tents of…

Art Elysees, Av des Champs Elysées.

Public opening days: Oct 18-22. Full price, 20€


If you are moved by the works of outsiders with an impulsive need to create art outside the art market, or you’re a follower of Art brut / raw art, there is also an fair for you, it's…

OUTSIDER ART FAIR, held this year at Atelier Richelieu.

Public opening days: Oct 19-21. Full price 11,5$


If after all your indoor fair festivities, you're ready to get moving outside, don't miss the outdoor sculptures from Place Vendôme to Tuileries to Jardin des Plantes, installed by select galleries under the auspices of…

FIAC Hors des Murs.


Don't want to commit, just want an evening stroll with great art? Thursday night is Nocturne des Galeries, the night when many Paris galleries stay open late and many are also launching their new shows. Pick the Marais, Saint Germain, Matignon -- you name it, it'll be a great night for art.

Nocturne des Galeries.



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