If you’re a fine art fanatic, you know that Spring is New York’s peak season for fairs. Particularly in the first week of May, when a slew of events have the culture-lovers bustling all over town. Whether you’re interested in well-known artists or up-and-comers, there are events all across the city that will satisfy your craving for eye candy. We’ve put together a list that highlights some of the biggest, and most promising shows set to take place in the city this Spring.
One of the country’s most famous art fairs, Frieze New York is actually the catalyst for May’s buzzy arts scene in general, as multiple fairs time their openings to overlap with Frieze. Here, the world’s leading art galleries showcase works by thousands of artists on Randall’s Island in the East River. There are also themed exhibitions, discussions, and pop-ups from favorite Manhattan restaurants. The focus tends towards contemporary art, but 20th century masters are also on view.
Held at Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Expo Center, The Other Art Fair highlights 130 talented, up-and-coming artists’ works. Each piece is handpicked by a committee of art experts, with prices starting at $150. This event presents a unique opportunity to get “in the know” and explore the works of artists that are set to make a splash.
1:54 is a nod to the fifty-four countries that make up the continent of Africa. Founder Touria El Glaoui–daughter of celebrated Moroccan painter Hassan El Glaoui–established the event in an effort to bring global recognition to African artists that are often overlooked. Plan to visit the show’s 24 galleries, or make time for one of its acclaimed series of talks.
TEFAF New York is an offshoot of the enormous, 10-day European art and love affair that’s been held in Maastricht since 1988. This year’s show will be held at The Park Avenue Armory, and will focus on modern and contemporary art and design.
Held at Pier 94 since its inception five years ago, Art New York showcases important works by acclaimed artists from the contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras. Purchase a single day pass for $25, or treat yourself to a VIP experience for $200. Whether you’re a new or experienced art collector, you’ll love Art New York’s thoughtful curation and elegant vibe.
Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.