Frieze Week 2015 unveils a packed and fairly new line up of fairs and exhibitions. This year three exciting newcomers enter the Frieze fold, while just as many depart from the May satellite roster (gone, relocated, rebranded, or rescheduled are Pulse, Cutlog, The Downtown Fair, and The Outsider Art Fair). Despite fewer fairs than Armory Week (which still feels like yesterday, no?), Frieze Week requires just as much planning and perhaps even more legwork: the main event is a ferry or bus ride up and over to Randall’s Island, with satellites located from Harlem to Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea to Red Hook, and from the Lower East Side over to Williamsburg.
To help you make sense of the week’s eight fairs and additional exhibitions, we present this year’s indispensable Frieze Guide to fairs, programming, and events.
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island Park
Opening: May 13, preview (invite only)
March 14–16, 11am–7pm; March 17, 11am–6pm
$44 General Admission (day pass)
If you’re spending the time to get to Randall’s Island, make a day of it: there’s more than you can possibly see, and the local catering can’t be beat. The fourth edition of Frieze New York features nearly 200 galleries, including special exhibition sectors Spotlight, Frame, and Focus (for 20th century artist solos, solo projects from galleries less than eight years old, and highlighted emerging gallery presentations, respectively).
As ever, Frieze Projects are a must-see. This year’s commissions include Samara Golden’s underground sculptures (read our interview here), Korakrit Arunanondchai’s bleached denim massage chairs, Aki Sasamoto’s personality test-cum-maze, and a Flux-Labyrinth re-do with contemporary artists paying tribute to the 1976 immersive environment. We expect to see it all over Instagram.
Talks you won’t want to miss: On Friday at 4pm, Thelma Golden, Director of the Studio Museum, Harlem, will be in conversation with Dr. Arnold Lehman, outgoing Director of the Brooklyn Museum, asking a familiar question: Whom do museums serve? This year’s even got some humor: on Friday at noon, comedian/artist Casey Jane Ellison host a performative, talk-show-style panel, and on Sunday, 2016’s Made in L.A. co-curator Hamza Walker will chair a panel about which artworks we find funny and why.
NADA New York
Pier 36 | Basketball City, 299 South Street, Lower East Side
Opening: May 14, 3–6pm (invitation only)
Public hours: May 14, 6–8pm; May 15–16, 11am–7pm; May 17, 11am–5pm
NADA is always a visitor favorite; it’s a great place to see solid contemporary art presentations—and it’s free! 106 contemporary art galleries—including 30 solo presentations—will participate in the non-profit fair this year.
NADA Presents is the fair’s interdisciplinary programming series. There’s a lot on the schedule, but we’re dying to learn more about Joshua Smith’s speech and slideshow, You inspire me with Your determination And I Love You, Tracey Emin! (Friday, 2pm) and Alina Tenser’s performance Selections from Sports Closet (Regina Rex) on Saturday. We think the conversation about “Cloud Based Institutional Critique” with Mike Pepi, Zachary Kaplan, and Orit Gat (Saturday, noon) will be nicely complimented by Sunday’s “On Connectivity” discussion with a panel of artists from this year’s New Museum Triennial.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Meleko Mokgosi, Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo Sembumbulu, 2012. Courtesy of Honor Fraser
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Public hours: May 15–16, 12–8pm; May 17, 12–6pm
$10 General Admission (day pass)
We’re most excited for this three-year-old London fair’s New York debut. 16 galleries, exhibiting over 60 artists, will take up residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn in the city’s first fair dedicated to contemporary African art.
The 1:54 Forum will feature lectures, panels, and artist talks. Be sure to check out Friday’s roster, including a panel on “Global Black Subjectivities: Here and Now,” and artist talks with Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Ashton Harris, Meleko Mokgosi, and Lavar Munroe on the semantics of the term “diaspora” in contemporary art. (Admission is free with entrance, but seating is limited, so reserve your space.)
Collective Design Fair
Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street, West Village
Public hours: May 13–16, 11am–8pm; May 17, 11am–5pm
$25 General Admission
Collective Design, headed by architect Steven Learner, showcases designed objects and designed thinking from the 20th century onwards in this fair that serves as the annual culmination of Collective Design, a loosely affiliated design collective comprised of industry leaders. This year’s Collective Focus shines a light on Italian design. Curated by W editor-in-chief, Stefano Tonchi, Focus taps works from Memphis-Post Design Gallery (Milan), Donzella (New York), Nicholas Kilner (New York), and Glass Past (New York) to highlight the significance of Italian design within a global context.
Want more shiny, geometric surfaces in your life? NYCxDesign has brought together hundreds of installations from all five boroughs to explore the concept and use of design in urban life. Each event has been independently curated and organized to showcase the great wealth of design ingenuity in NYC.
Art Miami New York
Sonya Fu, I Imagine, 2014. Courtesy of AP Contemporary
Pier 94, 55th Street and West Side Highway, Hell’s Kitchen
Opening reception: May 14, 2–5pm (VIP and press)
Public hours: May 14, 5–9pm; May 15–16, 12–8pm; May 17, 12–6pm
$25 General Admission, $55 multi-day pass, complimentary admission for Frieze VIP cardholders
Art Miami group, who had run Downtown Fair, has rebranded and launched a new NYC fair under its own name. 100 modern and contemporary international galleries, hailing from as far as Hong Kong (though mainly from Europe and the US), will set up shop on Pier 94.
The fair features a handful of special project booths, but in line with its more commercial vibe is the talk series. Art Miami NY’s lectures and panels focus on the art market and practical side of collecting, with subjects such as “Art Investments,” “Art in Real Estate Developments,” and “Bad Collector: A Primer on What Not to Do.”
FLUX Art Fair
Corn Exchange Building,81 East 125th Street, East Harlem
Vernissage: May 13 (Press and VIP preview)
Public hours: May 14–16, 11am–8pm; May 17, 11am–6pm
General Admission: $20
Head up to Harlem for another of Frieze Week’s newcomers. Eschewing a gallery model, the curator-driven FLUX Art Fair brings together guest curators and some 57 local and international artists with presentations on the theme: “The 21st Century Artist is a Nomad.” Bring your copy of 1000 Plateaus by D&G and settle in for some brainwork.
While you’re up in Harlem, head down to North Central Park to see Creative Time’s—the folks that brought us Kara Walker’s A Subtelty—newest project, Drifting in Daylight, Public Art in Central Park.
Select Art Fair
Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea (formerly the Dia Building)
VIP Preview: May 13, 6–10pm
Public hours: May 14–15, 2–10pm; May 16, 12–10pm; May 17, 12–6pm
General Admission: $20
In its second New York edition, Select will host 44 galleries, with a special focus on Brooklyn—an entire floor will be dedicated to galleries from the borough.
The Rooftop at Select music series includes Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and Leah Singer, whose live performance will explore how sound and image interact (VIP night); the 22-year-old NYC rapper Junglepussy (a must-see on Thursday!); and No Wave artist James Chance (Friday). An extensive Special Projects series with installations and performances runs throughout the fair, with performances scheduled each afternoon.
The Boiler, 191 North 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(remaining) Public hours: May 13–17, 12–6pm
Seven galleries present one artist each at this exhibition/mini-fair, hosted at The Boiler in Brooklyn. This year’s edition, organized on the theme Anonymity, no longer an option will feature artists like Katarzyna Kozyra (Postmasters), Addie Wagenknecht (bitforms gallery), and Trevor Paglen(Metro Pictures). Highlights undoubtedly include The Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument 2.0, AKA The Snowden Statue, which was removed from Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park last month after its illegal installation.
Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, SoHo
Public hours: May 11, 5–8pm; May 12–16, 12–8pm (Wednesday, 12–4pm); May 17, 12–5pm
Held in SoHo’s Zürcher Gallery, Salon Zürcher is now entering its tenth year. The “mini-fair” features six galleries from New York, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Fridge Art Fair
The Holiday Inn 150 Delancey Street, LES
Public hours: May 14, 6–9pm; May 15–16, 5–10pm; May 17, 12–6pm
Fridge, a very idiosyncratic fair now in its third year finds its home in the Lower East Side for 2015. Run by an artist and exhibiting artists, this fair is about as real as it gets.
—The ArtSlant Team