As Frieze New York sets up from 5-7 May on Randall’s Island, three organisations having announced that their new events will coincide with the key Modern and contemporary art fair and auction week.
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), best known for the long-running art and antiques fair in the Dutch city of Maastricht every March, will hold the first TEFAF New York Spring from 4-8 May at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. This is the second of two new fairs launched by TEFAF, following the inaugural TEFAF New York Fall last year. While that event showcased historical, pre-20th century art, the spring event focuses on modern and contemporary art and design from top-level international galleries such as Aquavella Galleries, White Cube, Lisson Gallery and Hauser & Wirth (art) and Carpenters Workshop and Modernity (design). However, to spice things up, the organisers have also included other disciplines popular with contemporary art buyers, such as antiquities from specialists such as Charles Ede and Cahn International.
Meanwhile, Spring/Break Art Fair will open its first edition at a new location, City Point in Brooklyn, from 6-14 May. The inaugural theme will be Black Mirror, which was first introduced during Armory Arts Week this past March. On the website, the theme is explained as “an object once used by Old Masters in landscape painting and portraiture” but hints that many artists are delving into identity and technological advances, drawing particular influence from Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain.
Established in 2015, the fair has a focus on large-scale public art with an off-beat edge, but co-founders Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori promise that it’s May venture will be presented in the style of Art Basel Unlimited without losing its persona. “We have always been interested in finding new ways to engage with the public by showing contemporary art in atypical environments,” said Kelly in a statement.
Early May will also see the addition of a second 2017 Asia Week, which will run 2-10 May. While its eighth edition recently ran from 9-18 March, the remarkable success it experienced in New York (US$423 million in sales, with US$262.48 coming from Christie’s Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum auction) left previous records shattered across the board, indicated Asia Week chairman Lark Mason in a statement.
With all numbers on the rise, including the number of dealers who participated (50 in March), Asia Week has chosen to offer a smaller-scale event in May with only seven galleries, including Kang Contemporary Korean Art, Navin Kumar Gallery and Scholten Japanese Art.