Galeria Fortes Vilaca at Frieze New York 2016. Image courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Now that fashion week is over it’s time for Frieze New York! The sixth edition of the fair is May 5 – 7 on Randall’s Island and although it has downsized from four days to three, it is still jam-packed – with more than two-hundred galleries from thirty-one different countries. This year’s fair debuts a major symposium in collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. The May 5th event will raise a discussion on topics related to Latin American and Latino Art.

Like many recent artistically minded events – Frieze is responding to the current state of the world by highlighting feminist art and work with political overtones. Many galleries feature women artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Simone Subal Gallery (New York) who will showcase the Austrian American pioneer of feminist Pop Art, Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997); Bridget Donahue (New York) will present a solo exhibition by Susan Cianciolo, coinciding with the artist’s participation in the Whitney Biennial; and The Third Line (Dubai) will present a solo stand of work by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri exploring the common ground between Iran and the West. Other galleries are focusing on the exploration of the role of art in times of unrest.

Special commissions at Frieze will focus on the theme of voyeurism – an apt choice in our age of constant surveillance and social media stalking. Of the choice in theme, curator Cecelia Alemani said, “There isn’t a better place than the fair to look at people and art—and to be looked at in return. This year’s projects make us aware of this dynamic, revealing the tension between exhibitionism and voyeurism.”

Frieze Week Satellite Shows:

‘Miss Meatface as Mae West’ by Kat Toronto will be featured at the SHE INSPIRES at The Untitled Space during Frieze Week.

Many other art fairs and exhibitions will take place during Frieze week. Check out our list of the best fairs below and don’t forget to check out the brand new female-focused shows opening up, including the upcoming group show, SHE INSPIRES. The exhibition highlights artwork the works of 60 contemporary artists on inspirational women and opens May 2 at The Untitled Space.

Installation view by Grace Villamil from SPRING/BREAK 2015. Courtesy of Samuel Morgan Photography/ SPRING/BREAK.

SPRING/BREAK (May 7 – 14) brings a new initiative to Frieze Week. BKLYN IMMERSIVE is a curated exhibition featuring a dozen artists focusing on site-specific, immersive installations and environments.

Nadav Gazit presented by Art Gaysel at Superfine!

Superfine! (May 4 – 7)  comes to NYC for the first time, just steps from the High Line at the heart of the constantly reinventing Meatpacking District. Superfine prides itself on setting the standard for an affordable fair that serves not only serious collectors but the art loving public as well.

Art Miami New York (May 3 – 7) presents the third edition of Art New York and the second edition of CONTEXT New York. The two highly-anticipated events will showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries.  The sister art fairs will take place from May 3-7 at Pier 94, effectively launching New York Art Week, the pinnacle of New York’s art and cultural season.

Malick Sidibé, ‘Danseur Méringué,’ 1964, copyright Malick Sidibé, courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (May 5 – 7)  is the leading fair for contemporary African art. It returns to Pioneer Works for it’s third edition. This year’s special projects include a solo exhibition of photographs by the late Malick Sidibé.

Fridge Art Fair NYC #5 (May 3 -6) brings “50 Shades of Fridge: Art and King for the Age of Revolution” to two Brooklyn locations. The main fair will be at the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Ave. Additionally Fridge will host a pop-up at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street.

Collective Design Fair 2016.

Collective Design Fair (May 3 – 7) 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.


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