Art Fairs of 21st Century That Add Provenance and Value To Contemporary Art

Commercial art fairs have existed for centuries, possibly as far back as the mid-15th Century at a cathedral at Pand in Antwerp where artists roamed the stalls of picture sellers, frame workers, and color grinders.

Three centuries later, art fairs were taking place in the grand expositions of Paris and at the Royal Academy in London. The United States introduced major European works at its first art fair at the Armoury exhibition of 1913 in New York City.


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