Look, let’s not kid ourselves. This week is going to be insane. Here’s a fair list. Do with it what you will.
The Clemente107 Suffolk Street
Wednesday, Vernissage 5 PM – 10 PM ( Vernissage Invitation or ticket only), Thursday 12 PM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 12 PM - 9 PM, Sunday 12 PM to 6 PMWebsite
I saw a lot of sad faces at last year’s fair, the first Cutlog in New York. But the unpretentious, DIY, French atmosphere in a remodelled school also attracted big, cool galleries like the Hole. The Hole’s gone this year, but replaced by RISD, Fuchs Projects, and Lesley Heller Workspace.
Don’t underestimate Cutlog.
Downtown Armory68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Thursday: VIP opening from 2:00 - 5:00 PM; General admission from 5:00 - 9:00 PM; Friday through Saturday: 12:00 - 8:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 - 6:00 PM; Cost: Day pass: $25; Multi-day pass: $45; Seniors: $15; Free with Frieze VIP admission Website
If trekking out to Randall’s Island—and it is a long voyage via the ferry—to view booth after booth of work by 190 galleries isn’t your thing, this year we might have a nice, cozier alternative with the Downtown Fair. Launched by the folks behind Art Miami, we’ll see just 50 galleries including the likes of Yossi Milo and well, plenty of others we’re not terribly familiar with. It’s new, so we’ll be excited to find out what happens, even if Art Miami hasn’t been one of the go-to Florida fairs for some time. Daily tours will be led by the curatorial staff from No Longer Empty at 12:30 PM.
Randall’s IslandFriday 11 AM - 7 PM Saturday 11 AM- 7 PM Sunday 11AM - 7 PM Monday 11 AM - 6 PMWebsite
Frieze New York
One of the world’s leading contemporary fairs, Frieze proves that it’s possible to manufacture trendy to a massive scale. But this year, by union members!
Highlights: There are 190 galleries at this fair, and these tend to be the richest. The quality isn’t bad either, but with everything under a lovely lit tent, who can tell; even old chewing gum looks glorious in this venue. Some galleries we like: CANADA, Miguel Abreu, Derek Eller Gallery, David Kordansky, and White Columns.
Also: Al’s Grand Hotel. This restaging of Ruppersberg’s 1971 project that took place on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles should be good. The hotel is a collaboration between Allen Ruppersberg and Public Fiction. Two rooms are available for overnight stays May 8–12, with rates from $350. Book ahead.
Talks and performances:
Pussy Riot talks: Friday May 9th, 4:00 pm
Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina chat with New Yorker Editor-in-Chief David Remnick about their feminist art collective Pussy Riot and the recently launched Zona Prava, an non-governmental agency advocating for prison reform.
Cost: $19 ferry, $43 regular admission, $27 student
125 West 18th StreetThursday 12 PM - 8 PM Friday 11 AM - 6 PM, Pulse presents 2014 winner of the 2014 PULSE prize 6 PM- 9 PM, Saturday 11 AM -8 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 7 PMWebsite
This was the emerging fair for the more conservative collector, but with Helen Toomer now at the helm, this fair may have a little more life to it.
Highlights: Transfer Gallery brings Pulse into the digital age. Look for recent GIF of the Day featuree Daniel Temkin! The Aperture Foundation is always a good bet for the photo buffs, as is Keeler & Co., a new consulting firm founded by AFC friend and business guy extraordinaire Jeffrey Teuton.
Talks: AFC’s Paddy Johnson and fellow Placeholder members Shawn Gallagher and William Powhida will discuss their plans to create a replicable land trust model for artists Sunday at 3 pm. Don’t miss it.
Cost: $20 general, $15 student
Center 548548 West 22nd Street
Thursday 3 PM - 6 PM (early access), 6 PM - 9 PM, Vernissage Friday 11 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 11 AM–6 PMWebsite
THE OUTSIDER ART FAIR
Now that Massimiliano Gioni has curated a Venice Bienniale that is friendly to outsider artists will the market continue to respond to this trend? Those at the Outsider Art Fair are about to find out.
Highlights: Andrew Edlin Gallery (Edlin is also the fair owner) and ZieherSmith + Ampersand + Winter Works on Paper.
Pierogi Boiler191 North 14th Street
Friday 6 PM - 9 PM, Saturday May 10, 12 PM - 6 PM, Sunday May 11 12 PM - 6PM. Website
We’ve had some reservations about how SEVEN’s Miami fair model translates to NYC—in the smaller space of The Boiler Room the fair frequently ends up looking like an uncurated group show that exists because of the market. This year seems different though, thanks to their reliably strong focus on video, and tribute to fellow dealer, Hudson (RIP). We’re looking forward to it.
Highlights: This year, Seven uses its small format, to showcase video– which we appreciate because seven videos is a manageable and realistic number. It will also include a tribute to Feature Inc’s Hudson, who passed away earlier this year. That’s reason enough to go.
Pier 36 at Basketball City299 South Street
Friday 2 PM - 7 PM, Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 5 PMWebsite
If Frieze is the piledriver of trendiness, then NADA is the mine. This can get a little depressing when too much of it is all in one place (formulas become clearer, American Apparel/Urban Outfitters pay attention), but the heart is at NADA. It’s the most artist-centric of all the major fairs.
Highlights: Devon Dikeou’s NADA Miami project “Pay what you wish, but you must pay something”– a series of museum donation boxes placed throughout the fair– commented on the fuzzy non-profit/for-profit language of arts institutions. This time she takes on the issue of inadequate seating; look for the 17th century Italian monk chairs throughout Basketball City.
Contemporary Poetry: Painter and curator Sam Gordon has selected 30 emerging and recognized poets for a marathon reading. Gordon’s paintings reward long, close looking, so we have high hopes for this. Saturday 12-6 pm