Your Guide to the NEWD Art Show

by Corinna Kirsch on June 3, 2015 Art Fair

Scene from the 2014 NEWD Art Show

Scene from the 2014 NEWD Art Show

Bushwick Open Studios isn’t just for artists. Though it’s dominated by open studios—where hundreds of individual artists open their doors—it’s no longer just an artist-centric affair. Evidence? For two years running, Bushwick Open studios has been home to an art fair, the NEWD Art Show. We’re giving the NEWD Art Show its own events posting because it just has so much going on. And lo, the fair looks darn good.

IT’S EASY TO GET TO: Imagine it’s Saturday or Sunday. You get off the Jefferson L. Make your way left, past the crowds east of Flushing, then hike .2 miles to The 1896 (592 Johnson Avenue). That’s it. Even strolling over there at a casual pace shouldn’t take more than five minutes.

IT’S GOT A SOUL: In its second year, the art fair continues to go against the grain of the major big-top fairs by making a conscious effort to focus on artists. Resale royalties are encouraged from any galleries participating in the fair, and over half of the artists on view will be female.

IT’S GOT CHILL VIBES: Here’s what Paddy had to say about NEWD last year: “I liked doing the basic reportage, but for once, the business of the fair seemed less essential than the art on view. I can’t remember the last fair I went to where that was the case. It was a relief.”

IT’S SMART: Another part to look forward to at NEWD: the talks. When you’re tired of pounding the pavement while trekking from studio to studio and chatting it up with every artist you know (no doubt you’ll find familiar-looking artists every 15 feet), you can give your brain a massage at one of the NEWD Art Show’s scheduled talks. Each day’s lectures are split into one of two categories: feminist or financial. Find an “F” to fit your fancy.

Exhibitors, artists, and talks listed below:


106 Green, Brooklyn; American Medium, Brooklyn; Department of Signs and Symbols, Brooklyn; Fresh Window, Brooklyn; Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn; Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium; LAW OFFICE; NURTUREart, Brooklyn; Regina Rex, Manhattan; Sardine, Brooklyn; Signal, Brooklyn


Amanny Ahmad, David Alekhuogie, Yevgeniya Baras, Hannah Barrett, Meriam Bennani, Travis Boyer, Jamison Brosseau, Melissa Brown, Xinyi Cheng, Filipe Cortez, Zack Davis, Claire Decet, Gracie DeVito, Corey Escoto, Jeff Feld, Samuel François, Rachel Garrard, Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner, Ann Hirsch, Loie Hollowell, Ian James, Priscilla Jeong, Dawn Kasper, Brian Khek, Anastasia Kolas, Andrew Laumann, Hannah Lees, Sarah Meyohas, Benoit Plateaus, Ilana Savdie, Tracy Thomason,  Harm van den Dorpel, Jamie Warren, and Magdalen Wong

Talks Schedule:


Sort of Cyborg: Daniel Wallace, Joshua Pavlacky, Chrissie Iles, Ann Hirsch, and Jacolby Satterwhite
Organized by American Medium
2:00 p.m

Donna “Cyborg Manifesto” Haraway has got to be happy that cyborgs are becoming popular discussion topics again. We’re interested to hear what Whitney Musuem curator Chrissie Iles and digital-performers Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite have to say about the human body and its technological prostheses (i.e. how technology becomes an addition to the body, as if it were another arm).

Market is the Medium: “Making It” in the NYC Art World
Organized by POWarts
3:30 p.m.

What a wide range of panelists talking about how artists can make a living in the art world. In one corner, we have art dealer Magda Sawon of Postmasters Gallery; and in another, Caroline Woolard, an artist seeking to create a community land trust. Other panelists include representatives from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, which assists artists with gaining access to investment capital. Verrry Interesting.


Gendered Expectations: The Representation of “Girls” in Contemporary Art
2:30 p.m.

A discussion of “girly” trends in contemporary art, with artists Alex McQuilkin and Cindy Hinant and art historian Kathy Battista, author of Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London.

Beyond Resale Royalties: Pro-Artist Market Maneuvers
4:30 p.m.

What are some atypical ways artists can create financial value for their artistic production? We hear from Bitchcoin founder Sarah Meyohas; Neal Curley of Essex Street Gallery, which produced a resale-royalty exhibition last year. In addition, we get to hear about intrepid collecting practices from Kenneth Schlenker, co-founder of Artlist, an online marketplace that lets collectors sell their artworks confidentially, without anyone finding out what they’re trading.

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