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In Focus Next Week: May 11 - 17

  • SELECT Art Fair 2015 press contact facebook email
  • Frieze New York 2015
  • Art Miami New York 2015, pier, press, vip
  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
  • NADA in New York 2015 facebook
May 10, 2015
Ana Bambic Kostov specializes in contemporary art writing, editing, content creation and management. Connect via LinkedIn

It’s the middle of May and it’s all about the New York art fair season again! The upcoming art shows are many, from the celebrated Frieze, the hip NADA and SELECT, to the 1:54 Contemporary African art fair. All of them are having a demanding task to outrun the Venice Biennale, which has already begun and enduring the first criticism as well. Another Italian art fair is happening in Rome next week, ROMART, making us curious about what will be displayed. Let’s see what the commercial market has to offer in New York in the week to come, but let’s not forget about the independent shows either. A renowned photographer, Gillian Laub, is having an intriguing showcase at Benrubi Gallery, but the focus is shifted to single exhibitions in the urban art realm. Tellas is showing at Mini Galerie in Amsterdam, Moneyless at BC Gallery in Berlin, and Paris Fan Museum prepared a very interesting group show in which street art meets fan design. Street art festivals are expectedly coming up, scattered in the most unexpected places. A small city in Poland, Katowice is having its own event, gathering a group of renowned names from the urban creative sphere. An exciting week is upon us, with another art fair moment in one of the biggest art capitals in the world and lots of globally spread happenings. Pick one closest to you and do your homework before you visit your mom on her day!

Frieze New York

Opening: May 14

New York, USA

…Over 190 galleries are participating at Frieze New York 2015; however this year the focus is on local galleries. Those new to Frieze New York include: Acquavella (New York); Blum & Poe (New York/Los Angeles), Clearing (New York/Brussels), JTT (New York), Matthew Marks Gallery (New York); McKee Gallery (New York); Pace (New York) and Skarstedt (New York). Solo and special presentations that promise to be focal points in the fair include: Philippe Parreno (Pilar Corrias, London); T.J. Wilcox (Gladstone Gallery, New York); Giuseppe Penone (Marian Goodman, New York); Lesley Vance (David Kordansky, Los Angeles); Richard Tuttle (Pace, New York); and Canan (Rampa, Istanbul); two-artist presentations by Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons (Salon 94, New York) and John McCracken and Franz West (David Zwirner, New York); and a new installation by Iran do Espírito Santo (Fortes Vilaca, São Paulo)…


Opening: May 14

New York, USA

…Among the highlights of the SELECT Art Fair 2015 is a video program by Skowhegan. Skowhegan will present The Double, which is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. One of the most interesting things at the fair will certainly be SELECT fair’s roof, where a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture called You Are Here will be activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Apart from that, many visitors will be delighted with the return of Culturefix, a popular LES Art Bar that will resurrect itself on the rooftop and will feature an array of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. When it comes to regular exhibitors, the visitors may expect to see some amazing artworks presented by a big list of galleries that confirmed their participation. Some of the exhibiting galleries are: Counterpoint Gallery from Brooklyn; Galerie Bruno Massa from Paris; Salwa Zeidan Gallery from Abu Dhabi; Studio 26 from Manhattan; Transmitter from Brooklyn and many others…

Art Miami New York


New York, USA

…As you can guess, it’s called Art Miami New York, and it will have its debut during Frieze Week, one of the most important art events in the city, as well as a number of post-war and contemporary art auctions. Striving to become another reference point for art of the 10th and 21st century, Art Miami New York is joining other fairs produced by Art Miami, such as CONTEXT, Aqua, Art Wynwood, CONTEXT New York, Art Southamptonand Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco. Art Miami New York will offer some never-before-exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets and gather both experienced and new art collectors and lovers. Nearly 1200 emerging and established artists from over 50 countries and 100 leading international art galleries are ready to showcase their work. At Art Miami New York, the visitors will also be able to attend a number of events, art talks and tours…

NADA Art Fair

Opening: May 14

New York, USA

…NADA in New York 2015 will include 100 galleries, including 27 first-time exhibitors. Apart from the regular program, NADA in New York 2015 will also have a series of performances, conversations and events. These events will be held at the newly designed stage and throughout the fair. A special supporting program, entitled NADA x PAOM  NADA x PAOM will be organized, with an artist-designed, limited edition line of clothing and objects featuring artwork by three contemporary artists, each represented by NADA galleries. Also, At NADA in New York 2015, Aeromoto and Wendy’s Subway will present A+WS, a collaboratively curated library and reading room​ designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz​, with a specific focus on art books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues by Latin American publishers. Supporting program also includes Eyes in the Sky Hold ‘Em private poker lounge, The Poetic Act, and Vielen Dank♥ für die Blumen program…

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Opening: May 15

New York, USA

…1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa-related art practices and projects. This art fair has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African art market, with an expert selection of participating galleries and artists and its ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers. For the first time in New York, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will showcase 16 select galleries hailing from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists. Apart from the main program, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has a very interesting supporting program as well, with critical conversations series – Forum, a program of talks, panels, and lectures…

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Slider images:

Robert Montgomery, C24 Gallery, Courtesy of SELECT; Frieze New York 2014; Art Miami New York 2015; Chéri Samba – L’employeur et l’employé, 2013. Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 135 x 200 cm, Courtesy of Magnin-A, 1:54 New York; NADA New York 2014.