Your Go-To Guide for Art Fairs During Frieze Week

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Angel Orensanz Center. Courtesy of the Angel Orensanz Center.
Angel Orensanz Center. Courtesy of the Angel Orensanz Center.
Sam Francis, “Untitled”, 1989/1990, , Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam

Sam Francis, Untitled (1989/1990) , Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam.

If you find it hard to keep track of the constantly-shifting New York art fair landscape, don’t feel bad: Changes to this year’s crop of 11 fairs include the addition of Portal, a new project from 4heads, and the loss of the now-defunct Select Fair, not to mention a name change for Art New York, which is bringing along sister fair Context.

For those of you keeping count, Armory Week clocked in at a total 13 art fairs for 2016.

It’s a lot to keep track of, but artnet News has you covered with this handy guide.

Frieze New York. Courtesy Frieze New York.

Frieze New York. Courtesy Frieze New York.

1. Frieze New York
Hop the ferry over to Randall’s Island to the bright and airy 250,000-square-foot Frieze tent, and enjoy the offerings of 202 galleries from 31 countries. A selection of 11 of the city’s best restaurants will set up high-end concession stands, and there will even be a live donkey and a pickpocket, of sorts.

May 5–8, 2016 (VIP Preview May 4)
Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
$49 general admission
Randall’s Island

Guests enjoy a meal at NADA New York. Courtesy BFA/NADA.

Guests enjoy a meal at NADA New York. Courtesy BFA/NADA.

2. NADA
Now in its fifth year, NADA will welcome 105 exhibitors from 44 cities in 18 countries. Organized the New Art Dealers Alliance nonprofit, the fair also features pop-up cafes from Mile End, Tacombi, and Doughnut Plant.

May 5–8, 2016
Thursday, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. private preview and 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
$20 general admission, $40 run of show
Basketball City, 299 South Street, Pier 36

Art New York. Courtesy Art New York.

Art New York. Courtesy Art New York.

3. Art New York
Organized by the team behind Art Miami, Art Southampton, Aqua Art Miami, and Art Silicon Valley, this modern and contemporary art fair will come to New York for the third time. In 2014, the Art Miami empire tested the New York waters with the Downtown Fair before officially establishing its flagship brand last spring with Art Miami New York.

Presumably, this will be the last name change for the Nick Korniloff-run outfit.

May 3–8, 2016
$40 general admission, $75 multi-day pass
Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. VIP preview and 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 12:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street

Michelangiolo Bastiani, <em>Tentativo Impossibile</em> (2016). Courtesy of Liquid Art System | Capri3 and CONTEXT New York.

Michelangiolo Bastiani, Tentativo Impossibile (2016). Courtesy of Liquid Art System | Capri3 and CONTEXT New York.

4. Context New York
Wherever the Art Miami brand goes, its sister fair Context is never far behind, bringing 50 galleries to its first New York outing. The two fairs will share more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space overlooking the Hudson River and a combined roster of over 150 galleries.

May 3–8, 2016
$25 general admission, $55 multi-day pass
Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. VIP preview and 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 12:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street

Finn Juhl, Glove Cabinet (1961). Courtesy 1st Dibs and Collective Design Fair.

Finn Juhl, Glove Cabinet (1961). Courtesy 1st Dibs and Collective Design Fair.

5. Collective Design
The equivalent of Design Miami but in New York, Collective Design is now in its fourth year. Examples of high-end design will include everything Danish furniture by Finn Juhl to a rare, handbuilt 1957 Eldorado Brougham from Cadillac.

May 4–8, 2016 (VIP Preview May 3)
Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
$32.64 general admission
Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street

1:54 New York 2015, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn. Photo: © Katrina Sorrentino, courtesy 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

1:54 New York 2015, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn.
Photo: © Katrina Sorrentino, courtesy 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

6. 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 
Returning to Red Hook, Brooklyn, for its second year, 1:54 brings with it a curated selection of 17 galleries. Named after the 54 countries on the African continent, the fair represents artists from 25 countries in its 2016 edition.

May 6–8, 2016 (VIP Preview May 5)
Thursday, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. vernissage and 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. after party; Friday–Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
$20 general admission
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn

Atmosphere, Rafael Vinoly layout, Spring Masters New York 2015. Courtesy Spring Masters.

Atmosphere, Rafael Vinoly layout, Spring Masters New York 2015. Courtesy Spring Masters.

7. Spring Masters 
After two well-received, if relatively quiet outings, Spring Masters will host its last edition this Frieze Week before transitioning into the New York branch of Europe’s renowned TEFAF Maastricht. The planned 62 exhibitors will collectively show art spanning some 7,000 years.

May 6–9, 2016 (VIP preview May 5)
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Sunday–Monday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
$25 general admission
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue

Work by Will Kurtz will be included in Portal. Coutresy Will Kurtz.

Work by Will Kurtz will be included in Portal. Coutresy Will Kurtz.

8. Portal
4heads, the organizers of the annual month-long Governors Island Art Fair, are taking on Frieze Week with this new fair. There are no galleries, dealers, or selection committees, just a group of roughly 40 emerging artists invited to attend by 4heads’ leadership.

Admission is free, and seventy percent of all sales goes to the artist, with the other 30 percent helping to cover expenses.

May 4–10, 2016
Wednesday–Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. inaugural reception
Free
New York’s Federal Hall National Monument, 26 Wall Street

BOLO (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi), <em> The Defiant Shadow</em> (2016). Courtesy FLUX Art Fair.

BOLO (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi), The Defiant Shadow (2016). Courtesy Flux Art Fair.

9. Flux Art Fair
In its second year, the Flux fair is headed out doors (last year‘s edition was in Harlem’s historic Corn Exchange) for a free public art festival in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. Fair director Leanne Stella has selected 30 site-specific installations that will remain on view for the entire month.

May 3–31, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. public opening; 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., opening celebration at local bars and restaurants
Free, wristbands for opening celebration $25
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West

Shannon Plumb, Paper Collection (video still). Photo: courtesy Pierogi.

Shannon Plumb, Paper Collection (video still). Courtesy of Pierogi.

10. Seven at Pierogi
If you don’t make it over to Williamsburg during Frieze Week, you won’t have missed your chance to enjoy a sure-to-be thoughtfully-curated selection of work from just eight galleries in Pierogi’s beautiful, spacious Boiler exhibition space, converted from a industrial boiler. Thankfully, the week’s most manageable offering (dubbed “Seven-ish, Seriously Funny,” since there’s an eighth participating gallery) is on view for four weekends this year.

April 30–May 1, May 5–8, May 13–15, and May 20–22, 2016
Thursday–Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. and by appointment
Free
The Boiler, 191 North 14th Street, Brooklyn

Angel Orensanz Center. Courtesy of the Angel Orensanz Center.

Angel Orensanz Center. Courtesy of the Angel Orensanz Center.

11. Fridge
Back for its third Frieze Week appearance, this small fair is actually hosted by an artist, Angel Orensanz, at the historic Lower East Side synagogue that he has transformed into an art gallery and performance space.

May 7–9, 2016
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. opening gala; Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Monday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
$20 general admission
Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk Street (between Stanton Street and East Houston Street

Nicolas Holiber, Head of Goliath (2015), in Tribeca Park, New York. Photo: Nicolas Holiber.

Nicolas Holiber, Head of Goliath (2015), in Tribeca Park, New York.
Photo: Nicolas Holiber.

12. An Annual Affair
Curated by Edward Symes and billing itself as a “a D-I-Y alternative to Frieze New York,” An Annual Affair is organized by the Frontrunner Collective.

The three-day event will showcase work from emerging artists, including wooden sculpture by Nicolas Holiber (who exhibited last summer in Tribeca Park) and a site-specific video installation from Oakland’s Anja Ulfeldt.

May 6–8, 2016
Friday, opening reception 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Free
526 West 26th Street

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