While most international collectors fly into New York for Armory Week in March, Frieze Week this May provides a different sort of entertainment – with much better weather. This year, the Frieze Art Fair takes place from May 14-17, but there are plenty of happenings around town all week long. Here’s what you need to know to party with the world’s top curators, artists, and collectors. Check out our list below and let us know if you get to experience any of them by commenting in the space below or by tweeting to @egyptologist.
Frieze New York
May 14-17, 2015
Open hours: 11am-7pm daily; closes at 6pm on Sunday
Location: Randall’s Island Park
Admission: $44 (also includes entrance to the Museum of Modern Art)
Some of the world’s top contemporary art creators show off their work at this popular fair. Over 200 galleries and 1000 artists will be represented here. Included in admission tickets are Frieze’s special installations and projects; talks with artists, writers and cultural commentators; and educational workshops for school groups. A commemorative catalog complete with full illustrations and commentary is available for an extra $30. While the setting is certainly unique and art can be found both inside and outside the booths – even underneath, this year – the high admission price and the high cost of travel to and from the island ($19 ferry or $8 shuttle, both round trip) make this art fair even more a playground for the rich and famous of the art world, making it extremely difficult for the average art-lover to even afford to simply look at the art on view. If seeing monstrous installations and indescribable art from today’s artists interests you, and you happen to have around $50-$100 in your pocket, then by all means head to Frieze this weekend. For the cash-strapped, there are other, perhaps even more exciting, events taking place around town.
Circle Culture Gallery
Dates: May 13-17, 2015
Open hours: 12-6pm daily; closes at 4pm on Sunday
Location: 2 Rivington Street, between Bowery and Chrystie
The Berlin-based Circle Culture Gallery will present the exhibition The Space Between, a show by contemporary Austrian artist Anneliese Schrenk. Both paintings and sculptures will be on display here. Schrenk’s works “investigate the phenomenon of skin as a connector and delimiter between all beings, space and things.” These works use leather hides that are manipulated by the artist – cut, folded, layered, lined, discolored. A free reception taking place tonight at 5pm will celebrate the artist’s US debut, with the artist in attendance. Feel free to join in the festivities.
FLUX Art Fair
Dates: May 14-17, 2015
Location: Corn Exchange Building, 81 East 125 Street
Harlem’s first and only art fair is taking place this weekend, with artists from all over the world displaying a wide array of art. Over 50 international artists, chosen by professional curators, can be discovered at FLUX. Works on view are curated according to the theme “artist as nomad.” Both new and seasoned art collectors are encouraged to attend – whether you plan on buying art or not. Part of the goal of this fair is to highlight not only the emerging artists whose works will be featured, but also the surrounding neighborhood that the fair is based in.
NADA New York
Dates: May 14-17, 2015
Location: 299 South Street on the East River
Open hours: 6-8pm on Thursday; 11am-7pm daily; closes at 5pm on Sunday
If you’ve always wanted to check out an art fair but can’t stand paying to get in, then head to the free NADA Fair, which features over 75 exhibitors from across the country and around the globe. The New Art Dealers Alliance is committed to introducing new and emerging artists to the world. The contemporary art displayed here is also from multiple mediums, and is complemented by a roster of performances, conversations, and special projects that get visitors interested and involved in the art on view.
Pierre Huyghe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dates: May 12-November 1, 2015
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue
Suggested Admission: $25
Included in your admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, starting today, is entrance to the Roof Garden, which this year features an installation by Parisian artist Pierre Huyghe. Not only is the view from the Met’s rooftop worth the trip, but the art installation is also something on par with the Frieze Art Fair and other artistic contenders this week. Known for combining multiple mediums of art, Huyghe this time fuses both cultural and biological systems using the Met’s architecture, collection, and surroundings. A related video installation by the artist, shown inside the museum, is titled Human Mask.