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Fine Art Events

  • Blockbuster Art Shows
  • Major Fine Art Auction Houses
  • Interesting Tidbits

Click on the comprehensive calendar under each month, for Blockbuster art shows. These special events are held in large venues. Suggestions: If you are new to the art scene, purchase tickets to attend First View and Collector’s Invitational, for a full experience. Look for ticket options and recent reviews on secure travel websites, to avoid disappointment. Large museums host Blockbuster art shows. Fine Art galleries publicize, new work.


Paris Art Fair: Art Paris Art Paris Modern + Contemporary Art + Design. Visit the Grand Palais. Walking Paris: Grand Palais and Petit Palais on Avenue Winston Churchill 🇫🇷 France - Bing video


Art Basel/ Hong Kong: Art Basel in Hong Kong Their breakthrough 2016 edition – which placed the Hong Kong show squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene – offered a premier platform for showing works from across the globe. The show provided an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.


Art Basel/ Switzerland: Art Basel in Basel This International Show features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented. The exhibition includes the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.


The Armory Show/ New York: The Armory Show | Welcome is a premier art fair, and a definitive cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th and 21st century artworks. Javits Center, New York City, NY


Art Basel/ Miami: Art Basel in Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Beach, FL. During daytime, plan a side visit to Miami to see the amazing Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections, in the Wynwood Arts District. View the Wynwood Walls, to see some of the finest graffiti and street art on the outside of buildings.

Major Fine Art Auction Houses

Bonhams, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s are the largest. You can watch, or participate online, in real time, by going through their process for bidders. When paddles rise to bid, in response to the auctioneer, a respectful, hush descends. On stage, representatives take pre-arranged calls. Prices of paintings, escalate astronomically due to a small group of wealthy collectors bidding-up their favorites. Important, new concepts and images signal artists and their works are worthy of inclusion, in the Western Art History Timeline.


Bonhams: Auctions - Located in London in 1793, their international footprint, includes New York and Los Angeles in the United States and Sidney, Australia; Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China; and Dubai, Arab Emirates. Peek into Bonhams.


Auction Calendar - Upcoming Auctions & Events | Christie's ( Founded in 1766, Christie’s may be the oldest of the London-based auction houses. Today, its reach extends far and wide. In 2012 Christie’s sold $6.23 billion of art and collectibles. View Marc Rothko’s work, Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961. Adjusted for expenses, the painting sold for approximately $80 million.


Calendar | Fine Art, Jewels, Watches, Wine Auctions & Sales | Sotheby's ( The founder was the London bookseller Samuel Baker. His first auction occurs in 1744, with the sale of Sir John Stanley’s list of more than 70 categories—small potatoes today. Imagine Baker’s astonishment, if he knew the recent, private deal is worth roughly $3.7 billion. The new owner is wasting no time making major changes, on the top floor of the auction house.

Interesting Tidbits

“Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso are by far the best represented artists on the list of most expensive paintings. Buyers have their reasons for limiting information about themselves and the paintings they purchased—that explains the blank spaces.

Picasso’s seven paintings are valued for more than 712 million in today’s dollars.” During his seventy-five-year career, Picasso painted more than thirteen thousand paintings. Van Gogh started in his late twenties. His out-put was a slim nine hundred and they were painted in the last two years of his brief life.

With the exception of the painting shown below, Red Vineyards near Arles, van Gogh’s brother, Theo, needed to barter his brother’s paintings to support him. More about van Gogh’s relationship with Theo in the Modern Era Collection. Anna Boch, an heiress and Impressionist painter was the buyer.