Who knew art fairs operated like the solar system? At this point, it's obvious that the quantum mechanics at work in the art fair universe have established a new model in which the gravitational pull of certain fairs allows them to create their own solar systems.
That’s certainly the case for what is now being called “Frieze Week” in New York City, with at least nine satellite fairs in orbit around Frieze New York’s third installment on Randall’s Island. friezenewyork.com/
Get ready, space travelers, here's the basic astronomy:
Frieze New York: May 9–12
Frieze New York is the sun at the center of things, this year with more than 190 exhibitors. For those attending the fair on foot or aboard a bicycle, the 103rd Street Foot Bridge is free and accessible at the East River Esplanade at 103rd Street and FDR Drive.
To visit the island by water, the Frieze ferry runs every 20–30 minutes from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after the fair closes, and departs from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $19.
For the overland route, the Frieze bus service runs approximately every 10 minutes during fair hours from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets, and costs $7 per round trip. (Tickets only available in advance.)
Fair hours: May 8–11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with May 8 by invitation only; May 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. One day: $43, students: $27, one day and catalogue: $76.
NADA: May 9–11
The New Art Dealers Alliance’s (NADA) New York art fair will return to its location on Pier 36 at Basketball City. The fair’s 80-plus exhibitors can be found at 299 South Street on the East River. Free shuttles will run Friday through Sunday between the the fair and both the Guggenheim and New Museum, beginning at noon. The fair is also accessible by the F, B, and D subway routes, as well at the 22 and 9 bus routes.
Fair hours: May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (private preview), 2 p.m.–7 p.m. (open to the public); May 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free.
Pulse: May 8–11
Pulse will feature more than 50 exhibitors this year among its three sections: Pulse, Impulse and Points, the latter two featuring emerging galleries and alternative platforms or nonprofits, respectively. Unlike previous years, booths from all three sections will be integrated into one space, the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street). A complimentary shuttle will run between Pulse and the Frieze ferry stop.
Fair hours: May 8, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; May 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four-day entry: $25, general: $20, students and seniors: $15.
Cutlog: May 8–11
The Paris transplant Cutlog returns to New York for its second installment this year, once again at the Clemente Soto Vélez Center at 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets). The fair will feature close to 50 exhibitors in addition to a film festival and series of performances. A shuttle will run between the fair and the Frieze ferry stop.
Fair hours: May 7, vernissage 5 p.m.–10 pm; May 8– 10, 12 p.m.–9 p.m.; May 11, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Adults: $15, students and seniors: $10, four-day entry: $30, vernissage: $50.
Downtown Fair: May 8–11
New this year, the Downtown Fair, produced by the owners of Art Miami, will feature more than 50 exhibitors at the Downtown Armory Building at 68 Lexington Avenue (at East 25th Street) and will offer free admission to Frieze VIP cardholders. A shuttle will be provided to and from the Frieze ferry stop.
Fair hours: May 8, 5 to 9 p.m.; May 9 to 10, 12 to 8 p.m.; May 11, 12 to 6 p.m.: Day pass: $20, multi-day: $45, seniors: $15, groups of 10 or more: $15 per person.
Collective 2 Design Fair: May 8–11
The Collective design fair, dubbed Collective 2 for its second edition, will be setting up shop at Skylight at Moynihan Station (360 West 33rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), and will feature 37 global galleries that will display 20th-century and contemporary design.
Fair hours: May 8 and 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; May 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $25, seniors and students: $15.
Outsider Art Fair: May 8-11
Formerly presented in January, the Outsider Art Fair has been moved to coincide with Frieze week. The fair will be located at the old Dia Building, now known as 548 Center (548 West 22nd Street), and will feature more than 40 international galleries.
Fair hours: May 8, early access 3 to 6 p.m., vernissage 6 to 9 p.m.; May 9–10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Day pass: $20, all-access: $50, vernissage $50.
Salon Zürcher: May 5–11
Zürcher Studio (33 Bleecker Street, just east of Lafayette Street) hosts six galleries for a miniature art fair, including the Washington, D.C. gallery, Curator’s Office, and the Los Angeles gallery, Marine Projects.
Fair hours: May 5, 5–8 p.m.; May 6–10, 12–8 p.m; May 11, 12–5 p.m. Free.
Seven: May 2–11
Already underway since last Friday, this fair has seven galleries, as the name suggests. Each screens video work by one artist. (David Castillo is showing Kate Gilmore, P.P.O.W. is featuring Melanie Bonajo, to name two). The fair is free, at the Pierogi Boiler in Williamsburg (191 North 14th Street, Brooklyn).
Fair hours: May 5, closed; May 6–8, 12–6 p.m.; May 9, 12–9 p.m.; May 10–11, 12–6 p.m. Free.
For even more fairs unfolding during Frieze Art Week, visit the Hamptons Art Hub Art Fair Directory.
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