Frieze Week 2019
The best part of an art fair actually has nothing to do with the fair. It’s the hustle and bustle that surrounds a fair, whether it’s a slew of new exhibitions, cocktail parties or satellite fairs (like the NADA artist house on Governors Island.)
So that being said, I thought I’d share some of the things I think are must-sees in New York right now (especially for those visiting).
I feel like I’ve been waiting an eternity for the next round of gallery openings, and the time is now. There are so many amazing shows in Chelsea and beyond that are worth a quick trip if you want a little solace from the fair crowds (or just NY crowds in general).
Chelsea is a great art neighborhood to venture to if you want to be able to visit 7+ galleries in less than an hour. They’re all within an 8 block radius of one another (from 19th to 27th street)...so you can even wear heels and not die.
Ordered by Street...
Josh Smith, David Zwirner, 525 West 19th St.
Mark Manders, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 W 21st St #1
Tim Rollins & KOS, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 536 West 22nd St
Lorna Simpson, Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd St
Jonas Wood, Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th St
Robert Longo, Metro Pictures, 519 W 24th St
Sanya Kantarovsky, Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th St
Elias Sime, James Cohan, 533 W 26th St
Alex Isreal, Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St
The Lower East Side is wonderful to visit if you want to pop in to a few galleries before they close at 6 (there are even some like The Hole that close at 7) before heading to Barrio Chino or Casa Mezcal for an amazing dinner or just a round of drinks.
Group Show, The Hole, 312 Bowery
Paola Pivi, Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street
Firelei Báez, James Cohan, 291 Grand Street
Shara Hughes (on May 3rd) Rachel Uffner Gallery, 170 Suffolk Street
The Upper East Side is what it is, but worth the subway ride up to see some really gorgeous gallery spaces with that European charm.
Warhol Women, Lévy Gorvy, 909 Madison Avenue at, E 73rd St
Chris Ofili, David Zwirner, 34 East 69th St
Group Show, Skarstedt Gallery, 19 East 64th Street
The reason for the season. The actual art fairs.
This list definitely isn't everything, but if you only have an hour and one neighborhood to visit these are you MUST SEES. Enjoy New York :)