With spring in full effect, the Frieze art fair once again returns to Randall’s Island. As usual, though, the week also brings a plethora of other art fairs and art events, and Hyperallergic has put together a guide for the ten fairs coming to New York this week. While Frieze and TEFAF are the two larger fairs, fairs like The Other Art Fair and 1–54 bring together a more tightly-curated, smaller fair experience for those in need of something less overwhelming. Whatever your preferences or budget is for the week, there’s something for everyone in the list below.
1–54 Contemporary African Art Fair
When: May 3–5 / Friday, Saturday: 11am–8pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($20)
Where: Industria, 775 Washington Street, West Village, Manhattan
2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the 1–54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place at Industria, West Village. The fair features 24 galleries and over 70 artists from Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Kenya, Martinique, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, this year’s fair includes the 1–54 FORUM, a series of talks and events curated by Black Chalk & Co., an art collective founded by Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Tinashe Mushakavanhu, two Zimbabwean artists. The full FORUM schedule can be found here.
Art New York
When: May 2–5 / Thursday: 5–8pm; Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($25)
Where: Pier 94, 55th Street and West Side Highway, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Art New York is in its fifth year, returning once again to Pier 94 with a new showcase of works by artists from contemporary, modern, post-war, and pop eras. This year, 70 galleries and almost 300 artists coming from 50 cities in 18 countries will be on display. Featured works include those by Jean Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and many more. This year’s fair also includes a platform called CONTEXT for new and established contemporary galleries to feature emerging and mid-career talent. Frieze and TEFAF NY VIP cardholders will receive complimentary entry into the fair.
Contemporary and Digital Art Fair
When: May 3–5 / Friday: 6–9pm; Saturday: 10:30am–8:30pm; Sunday: 11:30am–6:00pm ($15; free on Friday)
Where: 248 W 37th St, Garment District, Manhattan
This year’s Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF) aims to show the diversity of digital art mediums through installation, video art, virtual reality, experiments with blockchain, and so much more. According to their website, their “mission is to bridge the gap between the art and tech communities.” The fair will also host a series of events, panel presentations, and artist Q&As, with a full schedule here. This year’s artists include Shay Arick, Eva Davidova, and Lorin Roser, among others. 24 artists in total will be on display.
Fridge Art Fair
When: May 1–5 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 1 pm–7pm; Sunday: 1 pm–5pm ($15)
Where: NU Hotel, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
This year’s Fridge Art Fair, titled Fridge Does Frida, is entirely Frida Kahlo-themed in honor of the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. The Fridge Art Fair began with founder Eric Ginsburg’s goal of providing visibility to “more worthy artists” at his dog-friendly art fair. Ginsburg is known for his pet portraits, with cats and dogs as the usual subject.
Frieze New York
When: May 3–5, 2019 / Thursday preview: 11am–7pm ($145.15); Thursday private view: 4–7pm ($64.50); Friday: 11am–7pm; Saturday: 11am–6pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($57)
Where: Randall’s Island Park, Randall’s Island, Manhattan
With all new curated sections and special exhibition, this year’s Frieze New York features galleries from around the world, exhibiting well-known and emerging artists such as Alex Katz, Lauren Halsey, Anish Kapoor, and so many more. Two new exhibitions will look at virtual reality and self-taught artists, with sections celebrating Latin American art and the New York gallery community. A number of talks and events are also scheduled, with a full program available here.
Moniker Art Fair
When: May 1–5 / Wednesday (Collector’s Day): 3–7pm; Thursday (Opening Day): 1–5pm; Friday: 1–10pm; Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($15)
Where: 718 Broadway, Noho, Manhattan
Moniker Art Fair once again returns to New York to celebrate contemporary art with “urban influences.” The fair, geared towards local and international art collectors, boasts of its “hyper-curated” works, as well as the variety of events offered throughout the week. This year, guests can attend anything from discussions, film screenings, musical performances, artist Q&As, and more. A full schedule of events can be found here.
Object & Thing
When: May 3–5 / Friday: 4–8pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10am–6pm ($25)
Where: 99 Scott, 99 Scott Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Object & Thing brings together art and design in one fair “through a focus on the object,” according to their website. The fair showcases object-based 20th and 21st century works from galleries around the world. In addition, there will be a gathering of design boutiques selling decorative wares to create a “shoppable” fair for art buyers and design collectors. This year’s fair also includes a series of panels throughout the weekend, moderated by Glenn Adamson, a curator and writer who specializes in craft, design history, and contemporary art. Panel times and information can be found here.
The Other Art Fair
When: May 2–5 / Thursday (private view, limited tickets): 6–10pm ($30); Friday: 3–10pm; Saturday: 12–9pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($15)
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, returns to Brooklyn for its Spring edition. This year’s fair features over 130 independent artists with pieces that fit into a wide variety of budgets — some as low as $150 so that there’s something for everyone. Programming includes event tours, DJ sets, conversations with artists and members of the art world, and a chance to get a hand-poked tattoo by tattoo artist Bluestone Babe.
Superfine! Art Fair
When: May 1–5 / Wednesday: 7–11pm; Thursday: 2–6pm; Friday: 2–10pm; Saturday: 12–10pm; Sunday: 12–8pm ($12)
Where: 107 Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan
Curated by art collectors James Miille and Alex Mitow, Superfine! combines “punk rock spirit” and “art innovation,” with works to fit any budget. This year’s fair consists of three parlors filled with works by over 80 artists. Some works begin at $100, with 90% of the pieces priced under $3,500. Entry also includes a complimentary craft beer, sparkling cocktail, or tumbler of wine in the lounge.
TEFAF New York
When: May 3–7 / Friday, Saturday, Monday: 12–8pm; Sunday, Tuesday: 12–6pm ($55)
Where: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
This year, 92 exhibitors will be in attendance at TEFAF, with a focus on modern and contemporary art and design. The fair brings an opportunity to meet and talk to artists, art dealers, curators, and collectors. In addition, TEFAF will host a series of artist talks and interviews titled “TEFAF Afternoons” and “TEFAF Coffee Talks.” A full schedule can be found here.