New York Art Week
May 5-12, 2022
From May 5-12, more than 20 New York–based art organizations, galleries, museums and auction houses have banded together to launch the first official New York Art Week, which is set to take place when four art fairs—Independent, TEFAF, NADA, and The Future Fair—open in the city this spring. The week will be devoted to several important exhibitions, events, and biennials.
“New York Art Week is a wonderful opportunity to build community and the spirit of collaboration and partnership across the diverse range of visual arts organizations around the city” -Isolde Brielmaier, Deputy Director, New Museum
The main focus of this new collaborative project, running from May 5 to May 12, is to gather everything that these organizations have to offer into one central location. A new website (www.newyorkartweek.info) will have an interactive map of the offerings, as well as listings for special programming like talks, panels, and tours. The upcoming event is being conceived as a new form of collaboration in New York City. It’s a familiar way of working for NADA New York, which is hosting its first edition this year since 2018.
“For New York, it makes sense for everyone to band together and say, ‘This is what’s happening this week,’ It’s a way to encourage people to see as much as the city has to offer, instead of making it sound like you’re the only thing in town, because that’s really not true.” – Heather Hubbs, NADA’s executive director.
In addition to the four fairs that will take place that week, each of the world’s three major auction houses—Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phiips—are participating in the first New York Art Week, as are several museums across the city, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Queens Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum. The other founding organizations include the Drawing Center, The New Museum, The Swiss Institute, White Columns, and Amant, the artist residency and exhibition space established in Brooklyn by ARTnews Top 200 Collector Lonti Ebers last year.
For Phillips, which will be auctioning Jean-Michel Basquiat’s $70 million painting Untitled (Devil) in May, New York Art Week is a way for the house and its colleagues to “band together to create a critical mass, like a rising tide,” according to Vivian Pfeiffer, the deputy chairman of Americas and head of business development at Phillips. “It’s a reflection of the maturity that art fairs, auction houses, museums have come to realize that we can work altogether in providing an exciting schedule in May for art lovers.” Jean- Michel Basquiat is one of the most famous American artists of all time and gained notoriety as a subversive street poet in the late 1907s. Untitled was created in 1982 and depicts a skull with a variety of vibrant colors.
With everyone’s calendars aligning, the moment was ripe for collaboration, Co-founder of Independent Art Fair Elizabeth Dee said, adding, “There’s more of an openness to taking advantage of this situation that makes us more aligned and more focused. We wanted it not to be branded anything but New York. It’s not one art fair’s branding exercise that either succeeds or fails.” Tallant agreed, saying, “We wanted to participate in something that is about strengthening that cultural ecology. We need to support each other at this time. We need to deepen and strengthen the connections that already exist in order for New York to recover as the amazing cultural city that it has been, is, and will be in the future.”
Highlights of New York Art Week
Carla Zaccagnini: Cuentos de cuentas/ Accounts of Accounting
Olivia Plender: Neither Strivers Nor Skivers, They Will Not Define Us
315 Maujer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Amant will be showcasing the U.S. debut of Brazilian artist Carla Zaccagnini, whose installations, sculptures, performed writings, and drawings explore displacement and fragmentation within Latin America. As well as fosters slowed-down experimentation and dialogue through temporary exhibitions, public programs, and artist residencies. UK artist Olivia Plender will also be showcasing work about a 1913 sufferagette named Sylvia Pankhurst.
Andy Warhol: Revelation
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Andy Warhol: Revelation examines themes such as life and death, power and desire, the role and representation of women, Renaissance imagery, family and immigrant traditions and rituals, depictions and duplications of Christ, and the Catholic body and queer desire.
20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale Preview Exhibition
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10020
Jill Magid: Tender Presence
59 E 4th St Floor 6, New York, NY 10003
At the onset of the pandemic, artist Jill Magid introduced into the US economy 120,000 pennies engraved with the phrase “The Body Was Already So Fragile.” The modified coins, amounting to a single stimulus check, are expected to circulate for roughly 40 years: an enduring and dispersed monument to the year 2020.
The Drawing Center
Fernanda Lagunaa: The Path of the Heart
35 Wooster St, New York, NY, 10013
The exhibition highlights Laguna’s understanding of art as a language that communicates emotions and foregrounds the role of drawing in an oeuvre that includes Laguna’s work as a visual artist, and also as a writer, curator, activist, and cultural agitator. Fundamental to Laguna’s multifaceted practice is the cultivation of community. In her words, “Art manifests in people; if there are no people, there is no art.”
The New Exhibition for a Collaborative Art Market
Chelsea Industrial, 535 W 28th St., New York, NY 10001
Future Fair grew out of the desire to build a capsule sized exhibition for galleries who participate in a global art market. Focused on transparency and equitability.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks
1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10128
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collects, preserves, and interprets modern nd contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations.
Independent Art Fair
Ticketed Event: May 5-8
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
Independent returns to Spring Studios in Tribeca for its 13th edition featuring 67 international presentations by over 200 leading contemporary artists. The fair will be launching an artistic program for this year’s edition, selected by founding curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs and co-produced in collaboration with leading galleries, non-profits, and museums worldwide. Embracing a hybrid model and digital opportunities for storytelling, the fair will continue to present their critically acclaimed online platform, which will open the week before the event, from April 28 and running four weeks after the event, until May 31. Home to over 50 new editorial features, these stories were produced on the occasion of the online platform, a research oriented, digital companion to the physical fair. Over the coming weeks, Independent will be launching the individual interviews, artist takeovers, videos, talks and podcasts on Independent Features, our website, including never-before-seen performances and an inside look at artists working in their studios.
The Hare with Amber Eyes
1109 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10128
The Hare with Amber Eyes tells the story of the Ephrussi family-celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal, and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles Ray: Figure Ground
Louise Bourgeois: Paintings
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room
Amar Kanwar: The Lightning Testimonies 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10028
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10028
Charles Ray: Figure Ground presents the work of one of the most important artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This exhibition unites sculptures from every period of Ray’s career with key photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, exploring central aspects of his challenging and sometimes provocative oeuvre. It also brings together for the first time all the works that Ray loosely patterned on Mark Twain’s 1885 novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings produced by the iconic, French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in the late 1940s. While Bourgeois is best known today as a sculptor, it is in this early body of work—created in the decade spanning World War II—that her artistic voice emerged, establishing a core group of visual motifs that she would continue to explore and develop over the course of her celebrated, decades-long career.
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room revolves around the homes of Seneca Village, of which only a fragmented history remains. Like other period rooms throughout the Museum, this installation is a fabrication of a domestic space that assembles furnishings to create an illusion of authenticity. Unlike these other spaces, this room rejects the notion of one historical period and embraces the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected and that informed speculation may uncover many possibilities.
Amar Kanwar’s The Lightning Testimonies (2007) is an installation of eight synchronized video projections that play on a thirty-two-minute loop. The work is a constellation of accounts of women who have experienced sexual violence. Beginning with the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, it spans several regions and communities and ends with the historic anti-rape protests in Manipur in 2004.
Our Selves: Photographs by Women Artists from Helen Kornblum
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY, 10019
A tribute to the generosity of collector Helen Kornblum, Our Selves features women’s contributions to a diversity of practices, including portraiture, photojournalism, social documentary, avant-garde experimentation, advertising, and performance.
MoMA P.S. 1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
For more than 15 years, Lawson has been exploring and challenging conventional representations of Black life through photography, drawing on a wide spectrum of photographic languages, including the family album, studio portraiture, staged tableaux, documentary pictures, and appropriated images.
NADA New York
Ticketed Event: May 5-8
Pier 36, 299 South Street
The New Art Dealers Alliance will be presenting the 8th edition of NADA New York, returning to the Lower East Side at Pier 36. The non-profit membership association’s flagship art fair features over 120 galleries and art spaces from its international community.
Faith Ringgold: American People
Daniel Lie: Unnamed Entities
235 Bowery, New York, NY, 10002
The New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. Founded in 1977, it is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.
Performance Space New York
Tip of the Ivy by Colin Self
150 1st Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10009
Over the last 42 years, Performance Space New York has been propelling cultural, theoretical, and political discourse forward. Together with our artists and communities, we present interdisciplinary works that dissolve the borders of performance art, dance, theater, music, visual art, poetry and prose, ritual, nightlife, food, film, and technology.
Tip the Ivy is the latest multidisciplinary opera by Colin Self. In keeping with the artist’s previous works, it foregrounds its own making as a collaborative group process.
20th Century & Contemporary Art Auction Previews
432 Park Ave, New York, NY, 10022
Phillips is proud to present the auction preview for our 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sales. The exhibition will feature a monumental Basquiat from the collection of Yusaku Maezawa, alongside works by Warhol, Calder, Wong, and more.
The Medium is Not the Only Message
Stephanie Dinkins: On Love & Data
Christine Sun Kim: Time Owes Me Rest Again
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY, 11368
The Queens Museum is a home for the production and presentation of great art, intimately connected to our community and to the history of the site.
The Medium is Not the Only Message traces nearly 50 years of pioneering work by the artist, whose practice infuses community organizing strategies and interventions to undo stigmas and subvert oppressive norms, particularly in the realms of feminism, violence against women, racism, gender identity, and aging. In leveraging its network of local organizations, this presentation of Lacy’s work will reveal new depths to her socially engaged work.
Time Owes Me Rest Again, a mural by Christine Sun Kim presented on the monumental wall encasing the Panorama of the City of New York. Reenacting the physical and psychological articulation of ASL, this site-specific work surfaces the societal and systemic inequity that persists between Deaf communities and the hearing power structures. Time Owes Me Rest Again also reflects upon the unease and fatigue induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.
Lydia Ourahmane: Tassili
In Practice: Literally means collapse
44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, New York, 11101
SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture’s specific potential to change the way we engage with the world.
Lydia Ourahmane: Tassili: Lydia Ourahmane’s works often begin as large, open-ended propositions that find the edges of possibility within the political, environmental, and metaphysical conditions in which she works. For her first institutional solo exhibition in New York, Ourahmane and a group of collaborators will produce a new moving image work and a series of scans that draw from a journey on foot in Tassili n’Ajjer, a largely inaccessible plateau near the border between southeastern Algeria and Libya.
In Practice: Literally means collapse: This year’s edition of SculptureCenter’s signature open call program, is an exhibition of new works and artistic meditations that consider an expanded notion of the ruin that includes social tradition as much as physical infrastructure. Featuring newly commissioned works by eleven artists: Marco Barrera, Allen Hung-Lun Chen, Violet Dennison, Enrique Garcia, Ignacio Gatica, Cherisse Gray, Jessica Kairé, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Alan Martín Segal, Stella Zhong, and Monsieur Zohore.
The Macklowe Collection
The New York Sales of Modern & Contemporary Art
1334 York Ave, New York, NY, 10021
Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s largest, most trusted and dynamic marketplace for art and luxury. The Macklowe Collection is an exemplary vision of connoisseurship: a peerless collection of rare and iconic masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The result of decades of inquiry and pursuit, the Collection is driven by an innate understanding of quality and the patience to pursue the very best from each artist, creating a collection of unparalleled importance.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thomas J. Price Witness
144 W 125th St, New York, NY, 10027
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by Black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
TEFAF New York
May 6–10, 2022
Park Avenue Armory
The eighth edition of TEFAF New York will take place at the Park Avenue Armory May 6–10, 2022. The historic Park Avenue Armory is a prime Manhattan location and setting for the world’s leading art dealers to showcase their work.