Art Fairs are a decades old tradition that act as a hub for the contemporary art world. They facilitate important conversations between every facet of the art world, bringing together artists, gallerists, collectors, critics, and enthusiasts in one space. Whether you’ve spent a life time involved in fine arts, or you’re just beginning to explore it, art fairs will be central to experiencing what’s happening in contemporary art today. Art fairs are happening in major cities across the globe, but Boston locals don’t have to travel far for some of the world’s premier art fair experiences.
The spring months are a major art fair season in New York City, which is host to several fairs every year. Here are four must-see New York art fairs that you still have time to catch this this coming weekend, May 5 – 8, 2016.
Frieze began as a magazine founded in the early 90’s, which quickly became a leading source of contemporary arts and culture. In 2003, Frieze launched its first art fair in London’s Regent’s Park. After the success of the fair in London, in 2012 Freize launched its New York chapter, which has since become known for the quality and range of the work it presents. Visit Randall’s Island Park in Manhattan this weekend to experience the work of some of the world’s leading artists.
The New Art Dealers Assocation (NADA) is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2002 which is dedicated to fostering a sense of community within the contemporary arts sphere and enhancing its interaction with the public. The NADA art fair supports strong new and emerging artists and galleries, nurturing their growth and helping create opportunities for them move forward with their work. Visit NADA’s fifth edition in Basketball City, Manhattan, this weekend to see what’s new in contemporary art, which will include SoWa’s own Samsøn Gallery.
3. Art New York
Art New York is the New York chapter of the successful contemporary fair, Art Miami, which began in the renowned Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida. Art (Miami) New York takes emerging to the next level, presenting never-before exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets. Visit its 2016 edition in Piers 92/95 on the Hudson River this weekend for the freshest finds in contemporary art, including New York and SoWa’s Adelson Galleries.
Collective Design is a design-centric art fair that presents work beyond the fine arts sphere. It hosts diverse global voices and experts in the design community, including designers, architects, gallerists, and collectors. Founded by architect Steven Learner, Collective Design facilitates conversation about the design process and explores what today’s material culture has to offer. Visit Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City to discover the latest in design thinking and innovation.
Wednesday May 4, 2016: Puloma Ghosh