Rising temps mean the heating up of the New York City art scene. First up: Frieze. The first week of May is set to be jam-packed with countless satellite fairs and exhibitions for artists, curators, and guests alike. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your cultural fill all in one (very intensely scheduled) week. Herewith, our list of fairs you should definitely take the time to check out.
Frieze New York
Now in its fifth year, Frieze continues to offer itself as an exploration into lesser discovered works, in addition to those made by more well-known contemporary masters. Over 200 galleries from 31 countries fill a snake-shaped tent on Randall’s Island, shipping in guests over the East River on ferries. Frieze remains one of the best ways to view some of the exciting work that exists within the ever-changing art world. Running May 5 through May 8. Details here.
Collective Design Fair
If you are among the design-obsessed, you will definitely want to swing by Collective Design Fair. Operating out of Skylight Clarkson Square, the fair offers a diversified program that showcases the global design world and its influences from 20th and 21st century designers. Running May 4 through May 8. Details here.
CONTEXT New York
This year, CONTEXT New York joins Art New York for its inaugural debut at Pier 94. Acting as an alternative for collectors, this fair features important contemporary works from more than 150 galleries with artists from more than 50 countries. Running May 3 through May 8. Details here.
NADA New York
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) will present its fifth edition at Basketball City on the Lower East Side. The main goal of NADA has always been to promote up-and-coming artists. This year, the fair will feature works pulled from over 80 domestic and international galleries for a collectively unique perspective. Running May 5 through 8. Details here.
The newbie fair of the bunch this year is called Portal, which is presented by 4heads, Inc, the non-profit geniuses behind Governors Island Art Fair. Portal will provide a platform for dozens of young and emerging artists while exhibiting their work in the historic Federal Hall National Memorial at 26 Wall Street. Running May 4 through May 10. Details here.
Flux Art Fair
Flux is the only show out of the group that runs the practically whole month of May. The theme this year is “Changing Landscapes,” and the fair will present a series of public art projects throughout Harlem’s parks and boulevards. Over 40 artists contributed, half of them female, each bringing their unbridled creativity to contemplate the relationship between humans and nature. Running May 3 through May 31. Details here.
Header image: Anja Salonen, “When the back door is the front door and the garden too,” 2015. Courtesy of the artist and LTD Los Angeles.