Frieze New York 2017

The all encompassing Frieze Week is here, promising a more leisurely peruse through the latest buzz in the international art world. Plan a day or two to take advantage of all that Frieze has to offer- including a chance to bone-up on art history!

Frieze New York

Randall’s Island, May 5-7

Now in its sixth year in New York, this year’s fair has shrunk from 5 days into 4, making a more manageable fair for both visitors and participating galleries.  Four days will still be packed with 200 of the world’s most vibrant galleries and a roster of top tier programming, just a short ferry ride away on Randall’s Island.

As usual, Frieze lets you take a global tour of galleries around the world without leaving New York. Top tier galleries from 30 countries include Mendes Wood DM (Sao Paulo), The Modern Institute (Glasgow), Spruth Magers (Berlin), Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp), as well as newer galleries like VI,VII (Oslo) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City)- to name a few. Returning New York galleries like Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Matthew Marks and David Zwirner will rep New York, as well as curate site-specific exhibitions just for the fair.

This year, The Menil Collection’s Toby Kamps leads the Spotlight section, where he has curated 31 pioneers of the 20th-century avant-garde, in an educational survey journey into counter-culture. Work from monk-turned-artist Dom Sylvester Houedard will join poet-novelist-sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud, and the late outsider artist Felipe Jesus Consalvos, a Cuban artist and cigar roller whose gorgeous collage work was discovered after his death in 1960.

Frieze’s educational thread is always furthered with a featured project dedicated to art historical legacy. This year, the fair pays tribute to Rome’s iconic Galleria La Tartaruga, an experimental gallery that made waves with installation, performance and process in the conservative art world of Italy in the 1950s.

Performance is a large part of this year’s Frieze, with seven commissioned performances that will explore the theme of “voyeurism.” Throughout the fair, these pieces will completely flip the premise of art-viewing  onto the viewer with innovative works by Ryan McNamara, Adam Pendleton and more.  The voyeuristic theme will be taken further in Jon Rafman’s secret movie theater within the fair, where viewers will be watched while watching computer-generated erotica.

Frieze talks, which are included in admission, will center around themes of activism in modern art, with speakers including Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective, poet Claudia Rankine and MoMA’s Ann Temkin. The return of the Reading Room will bring these speakers, as well as other writers and editors in for book signings and meet and greets.

Look out for John Currin’s solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery’s booth, Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor’s dual exhibition at Lisson’s booth (which coincides with Kapoor’s public piece at Brooklyn Bridge Park), as well as a preview of artists showing at the upcoming Venice Biennale.

Outside, the Frieze experience continues! While enjoying the views of Manhattan (and lounging on the lush, green lawn),  be sure to find the door to Elaine Cameron-Weir’s bunker, which will reveal a room of her sculptures inside.

If this sounds overwhelming, never fear! Regain your strength with eats from some of New York’s best cuisine- Court Street Grocers, Marlow & Sons, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Sant Ambroeus, Frankies Spuntino and Roberta’s, Café Altro Paradiso, Russ & Daughters and TYME Fast Food. Wash it all down with a glass of bubbly from Ruinart Champagne.

If you’re still in need of more, check out the other fairs this week!

Context & Art New York

Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, May 3-7

Like sisters, you can find two fairs in one at Pier 94 on 55th Street, with the 3rd rendition of Art New York and the 2nd year of Context. Art New York is the sophisticated older sister, bringing blue chip work modern, post-war and pop eras from modern masters like Lichtenstein, de Kooning and Ruscha. And then we have Context, the funky, cool, little sister- highlighting emerging, mid-career and cutting edge artists, as well as a highly anticipated new appearance by LA’s Corey Helford Gallery.


300 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, May 7-14

After the successful curator-lead fair at the old Vogue offices in March, the SPRING/BREAK team is takin’ it to Brooklyn for another fair –and free- alternative. This time, they’ve curated a massive exhibition of art fun: site-specific, immersive installations and environments to explore and experience.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, May 5-7

The only fair completely dedicated to one genre of art, 1:54 presents contemporary and historic work from the 54 countries across the African content- transporting the African art market to New York. This fair means to educate as well as provide an entry into the African Art Market, with lectures, films and panels curated by FORUM and Koyo Kouoh.

Collective Design Fair

Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street, May 3-7

If you love art but the art world is not your thing, this is the fair for you. The fair focuses on the intersection of art and design, bringing functional objects to the next level, as well as artist designed editions, décor and furniture. Aside from beautiful objects, the fair also features a series of talks (and books) curated by Marc Jacob’s Bookmarc.