As Frieze Week breezes in, we poured over the numerous and diverse fairs that are popping up all over New York City. From the unconventional to the commercial, the satellite fairs surrounding Frieze present offerings and opportunities to novice collectors and seasoned pros alike. Here are some of the fairs we’re looking forward to:
Fridge Art Fair: 50 Shades of Fridge
Posting up in two locations in Brooklyn – Branded Saloon, the main venue at 603 Vanderbilt Avenue and Little NU Fridge at 85 Smith Street in the NU Hotel – Fridge Art Fair New York has invited participating artists, collectives and galleries to explore the themes of “Love and Torture” as found in politics, romance, and art through their work.
Why You’ll Love It: In addition to the titillating subject matter and fun daily events (including Bingo and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Celebration) visitors are encouraged to dress creatively for candy rewards. Plus, all proceeds from founder Eric Ginsburg’s work will go to BARC (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Collation). Woof!
May 3-6, 2017
Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn NY
NU Hotel Brooklyn’s PBX Gallery, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
Collective Design Fair
With 28 global galleries and 21 special presentations on the roster, Collective Design is packing some heavy-hitters including a celebration of celebrated Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti and a site-specific installation curated by The Noguchi Museum that pairs his works with that of Robert Stadler.
Why You’ll Love It: Because everyone loves an instagrammable moment – the entryway of the fair will be an installation by the LAB at Rockwell Group titled “Tinsel Town” which will riff on the classic red carpet approach with the Collective’s special shade of blue reflecting off of foil fringe framed walls.
Installations We Can’t Wait to Instagram:
A recreation of the legendary Milanese café Bar Jamaica, by jeweler Pomellato and FRACTURED by Dutch designer Stefan Hengst, an installation that will transform the fair’s entry with a series of varied, digitally printed works.
Wednesday, May 3, 11am-8pm
Thursday, May 4, 11am-8pm
Friday, May 5, 11am-9pm
Saturday, May 6, 11am-8pm
Sunday, May 7, 11am-5pm
Skylight Clarkson Sq
550 Washington St
Superfine! The Fairest Fair
Miami darling Superfine! The Fairest Fair will be hosting its first-ever New York edition from May 4 to 7 of this year in the Meatpacking District.
Why You’ll Love It: Geared towards young professionals, the fair has something for everyone – artwork pricing caps at $10,000 and over 70% of the works on display are priced below $5,000, with each exhibitor featuring at least one work under $1,000. It’s a young collector’s paradise. Superfine! is staying true to its Miami roots in the dynamic NYC space with its signature astroturf backyard and an installation by NYC artist John Dessereau, aptly titled “Inclusive City.” There will even be a Young Collector’s Ice Cream Social to kick off the opening.
May 4–7, 2017
Thursday–Sunday, 4 pm–8 pm
$7.77 general admission day pass
459 West 14th Street
SPRING/BREAK BKLYN IMMERSIVE
After the curator-driven art fair in March during Armory Week, SPRING/BREAK is journeying forth with a new initiative featuring a dozen artists focusing on site-specific, immersive installations and environments hosted at CityPoint in Downtown Brooklyn.
Why You’ll Love It: With installations by artists and collectives including Material World by the MATERIAL GIRLS, you’re sure to find new ways of experiencing and interacting with performance art and installations.
May 7–14, 2017
Sunday–Sunday, 12 pm–7 pm
300 Flatbush Avenue Extension (between Willoughby Street & Fleet Street)
top image // John Dessereau – Inclusive City at Superfine! The Fairest Fair