It’s that time of the year again when New York City becomes a haven for creatives. Along with Frieze New York, Frieze Week also includes numerous satellite art fairs and exhibits throughout the city. It is chance for artists, both new and seasoned, curators, and guests to view art from all over the world. See below for a full roundup of fairs and exhibits not to be missed!

Art Fairs:

Art Miami New York (May 3 – 8) is back for it’s second year at Pier 94. The fair provides new and experienced collectors to view previously non-exhibited works from around the globe. Last year, Art New York attracted almost 20,000 visitors, who got to experience the finest contemporary art. The fair will kick off art week with an exclusive, invitation-only preview from 2-5pm on May 3 before opening up to the public.

Collective Design Fair (May 4 – 8) brings together a variety of global influences for 20th and 21st century designers. Set at Skylight Clarkson Square, guests will be able to experience both the design process as well as the diversity of today’s material culture. The collective, comprised of a group of designers, curators, and collectors will provide educational programs throughout the week as well as showcases from established and emerging galleries.

Art New York 2015
Art New York 2015

Context New York (May 3 – 8) is the sister fair to Art New York. Making it’s debut this year at Pier 94, this fair is dedicated to showcasing new and mid-career artists. The combination of fairs will exhibit works from more than 150 galleries with artists from more than 50 countries. Context will also host a VIP preview from 2-5 PM on May 3 before opening to the public.

Flux Art Fair (May 3 – 31) presents all public art projects in various locations through out Harlem, New York. It is currently the only contemporary art fair in that neighborhood, featuring exhibits on the streets and in the parks. Flux will bring together works by over 40 artists with more than half of them being females. This year’s theme is “Changing Landscapes” allowing the artists and viewers to use their creativity to consider the relationship between humans and nature.

Frieze New York (May 5 – 8) returns to Randall’s Island Park for its fifth consecutive year. Bringing together over 200 galleries, the fair will showcase work from the most exciting contemporary artists from around the world. Although it is its fifth year, there are many firsts that will be happening. Victoria Siddall will take over as the fair’s director.  The inaugural “The Reading Room” will feature a selection of the world’s greatest art publications with a series of events and possible encounters with well renowned creative editors and contributors.

Frieze New York 2015
Frieze New York 2015

Fridge Art Fair (May 8 – 11) returns to New York with it’s edition titled, “The Ice Cream Sundae Project”. Founded by artist, Eric Ginsburg, named the fair as a play on Frieze. After the closure of the original venue, The Angel Oresanz Center, Fridge will be sponsored by Plaxall in Long Island City. Along with showcasing works from emerging artists, there will be a series of special events including poetry readings and Ginsburg’s Doggie Salon.

NADA New York (May 5 – 8) will host its fifth edition in Basketball City, New York on the Lower East Side. Dedicated to promoting new and rising artists, the fair will showcase exhibits from over 80 galleries from both the United States and other continents.

Nada Miami Art Week 2015
Nada Miami Art Week 2015

Spring Masters New York (May 5 – 9) opens with an invitation-only preview event on Thursday, May 5th at the Park Avenue Armory. The fair will bring together a mix of over 60 international exhibitors for art week. Spring Masters features the top dealers in fine art, design, furniture and jewelry in an interesting hexagonal layout.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (May 6-8) comes back to New York at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn after its successful inaugural edition last year. Referencing the fifty-four continents that make up Africa, the fair strives to showcase the diversity of  contemporary African art and cultural production. This year, there will be 17 exhibitors presenting over 60 African and African diasporan artists.


The Untitled Space presents “In The Raw: The Female Gaze on the Nude” (May 3 – 21) featuring 20 female artists and their intimate vision on the female nude. The exhibit, which opens on May 3rd, includes works of photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and video. “In The Raw: The Female Gaze on the Nude” reveals and celebrates honest moments while genuine and objective frames of reference expose works that are at once empowered and sensitive. The stories these women tell share rites of passage, passion and sisterhood.

Image by Logan White Featured in "In The Raw: The Female Gaze on The Nude" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York
Image by Logan White Featured in “In The Raw: The Female Gaze on The Nude” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Tracey Emin’s “Stone Love” (May 5 – June 18) at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery will include Emin’s new works featuring paintings, bronze sculptures, neon, embroideries, and works on paper. Emin’s artwork is a result of her own process of self discovery, which she transforms into a universal concept. The artist was inspired by the first line of music legend, David Bowie’s song, Soul Love to name her exhibit. All of the pieces from “Stone Love” tell the story of Emin’s journey to self discovery within intimate and personal relationships. The artist will be in attendance for the opening ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016 between 6-8PM.

“Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark 1964 – 2015” (May 5 – June 19) at the Howard Greenberg Gallery will showcase nearly forty photographs from the late Mary Ellen Mark spanning throughout her photography career. The artist, who passed away in 2015, was most known for her portraiture as well as photojournalism, documentary, and photography. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, May 5, from 6-8PM.

Art LeadHER” (May 5 – 28) at the Joseph Gross Gallery is a group show that will showcase work from fifteen contemporary artists at various stages of their careers and highlights the characteristics of working female artists in the modern art market.There will be twenty-five works on display that include portraiture, street art, sculpture and photography. Art LeadHer will be curated by its founder, Mashonda Tifrere, who founded the platform back in March. The exhibit will commence with an opening ceremony Thursday, May 5th 6-8PM.

Alex Katz (May 5 – June 19) at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (GBE) is a solo exhibition from the New York native, well renown visual artist. Katz has been in over 200 solo exhibitions over the last sixty years. The exhibit will begin with an opening ceremony on Thursday, May 5th 6-8PM.

Stay tuned for more events and exhibits as the week progresses!


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