Brooklyn Gets a NEWD Art Fair, But It’s Not What It Sounds Like

The 1896, where the NEWD Art Show will take place. Photo courtesy the NEWD Art Show.

It’s been a couple of years since Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to countless recent MFA earners and more than its share of big-name artists, last had its own art fair. While 2012’s half-joking, half-serious Bushwick Basel started small—it was housed in Jules de Balincourt’s studio—and faltered when it tried to go big last year, the neighborhood’s new art fair, the NEWD Art Show, is launching in enormous fashion. The fair opens to the public on May 30 and runs through June 1, and will be housed in the vast warehouse at 592 Johnson Avenue.

Though it bills itself as “a counterpoint to the existing art fair model,” NEWD boasts many of the hallmarks of the existing art fair model, from a press preview (May 29, 4–6 p.m.) and a VIP preview (May 29, 6:30–9:30 p.m.), an impressive lineup of talks boasting the likes of Jewish Museum director Jens Hoffmann and Baer Faxt publisher Josh Baer, to a program of video and moving image artworks (including pieces by Rico Gatson, Kate Gilmore, Kalup Linzy, and David Shrigley).

And, like any emerging art fair, NEWD has enlisted a promising roster of project spaces, artist-run galleries, and straight-up commercial galleries, all of them hailing from Brooklyn, and most of them based in Bushwick. They include the local collective Regina Rex, long an anchor of the Bushwick/Ridgewood gallery scene—though newly nomadic after being kicked out of their building; Greenpoint-based gallery Rawson Projects; perennial Bushwick galleries Sardine and Signal; and a collaboration between local dealer Stephanie Theodore and Seattle-based art space Season. Rounding out the program will be a presentation of photographs by Winslow Laroche from Manhattan-based gallery and bookstore Ed. Varie.

All of which is to say that for all its alleged newness, the NEWD Art Show is abiding by some fairly old art fair practices—and that seems very promising.

The inaugural NEWD Art Show takes place at the 1896, 592 Johnson Avenue, from May 30 to June 1.

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