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Whitewaller New York 2019: Everything You Need to Know About this Week’s Fairs

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Here, we’re giving you the ultimate guide to the 2019 edition of Frieze New York and the other fairs happening in town this week.

May 2—5
Opening in Randall’s Island Park, Frieze New York 2019 challenges the art fair as we know it, with a renewed emphasis on discovery. This eighth edition features leading galleries from 26 countries, showcasing influential modern artists and groundbreaking emerging artists. Frieze will also inaugurate exciting collaborations with museum directors across the United States. Patrick Charpenel (executive director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and Susanna V. Temkin (curator), for example, will curate Diálogos, a themed section for Latinx
and Latin American art.

These collaborations will appear alongside a tribute to Linda Goode Bryant and Just Above Midtown, a new exhibition of virtual reality artwork, and the launch of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, the latter to be overseen by curator Brett Littman, director of the Noguchi Museum. This is in addition to exciting international programs from major new galleries across Asia, like Experimenter, PKM Gallery, and Capsule Shanghai, as well as favorite modern and contemporary
art galleries such as Acquavella Galleries, Donald Ellis Gallery, 303 Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Gagosian, Hannah Hoffmann, Hauser & Wirth, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Lisson Gallery, Maureen Paley, Massimo De Carlo, Mendes Wood DM, Victoria Miro, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Jack Shainman Gallery, and David Zwirner.

May 3—5
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is the leading art fair devoted to the advancement of African perspectives in art. Now in its fifth edition, 1-54 welcomes 24 galleries and 71 artists, including 12 new galleries to New York and five solo exhibitions ready to spark nuanced dialogues. The roster reflects the diversity and depth of contemporary African art practice, and the special programs promise to offer further opportunities to expand the conversations
started in the galleries.

The fair is named for the 54 countries that make up the African continent, and 1-54 2019’s participants appropriately reflect the geographic and intellectual breadth of African art. Featured galleries will include Espace d’art contemporain 14n 61w (Martinique), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (France), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Jack Bell Gallery (United Kingdom), L’Agence à Paris (France), Loft Art Gallery (Morocco), Perve Galeria (Portugal), Retro Africa (Nigeria), Ubuntu Art Gallery (Egypt), Richard Taittinger Gallery (United States), and The Pill Contemporary (Turkey).

May 3—7
Since its inauguration in 2016, TEFAF has mounted critical exhibitions that reflect the dynamism and character of its hosts. “New York is arguably the most important global center—historically, artistically and commercially—for the field of modern and contemporary art,” commented Sofie Scheerlinck, managing director of TEFAF New York, regarding their upcoming edition. Against the backdrop of the Park Avenue Armory, TEFAF welcomes 90 leading exhibitors, including 12 new participants—a roster reflective of the city’s centrality and global presence.

As it returns to New York for a third exhibition, TEFAF offers monumental,
immersive artworks and environments. New exhibitors include Donald Ellis Gallery (United States), Friedman Benda (United States), Jousse Entreprise (France), Luxembourg & Dayan (United States), The Mayor Gallery (United Kingdom), Kamel Mennour (France), Victoria Miro (United Kingdom), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, (United Kingdom), Sprüth Magers (Germany). They will be joined by returning galleries such as Cahn International AG (Switzerland), Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery (Denmark), Massimo De Carlo (Italy), Gladstone Gallery (United States), Marian
Goodman Gallery (United States), Hemmerle (Germany), and Galerie kreo (France).

Brooklyn: May 16—20
Manhattan: May 18—21
Celebrating its ninth edition, WantedDesign is a staple of the international design diet. Taking over Industry City, WantedDesign Brooklyn 2019 will present major design works under the theme “Conscious Design.” The theme is an expansion of last year’s success in sharing sustainable projects, only this year the concept is met with more urgency—WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat emphasize the possibility of design and creative work to take responsibility for and create a better future. At the Terminal Stores, WantedDesign Manhattan will showcase the American Design Honors 2019, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, and a curated selection of international pavilions and designers.

Both New York destinations will include educational programming, such as workshops, demonstrations, and talks, often with visitor participation, embracing its role as a platform for ideas, innovative and sustainable solutions. Exciting new talent will merge with established manufacturers, distributors, and curators in a chance to collaborate with architects, interior designers, buyers, editors, trendsetters, and design students and develop an international network amid the unique energy of WantedDesign.

May 19—22
From May 19 to 22, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) will transform the Javits Center into a platform for global design. Boasting more than three decades of experience, ICFF welcomes over 900 exhibitors from around the world, along with 38,000 industry professionals experimenting in luxury interior design.

Innovative design will be paired with interactive programming, offering a unique opportunity to view and compare international design trends. ICFF Talks presents a lineup of speakers including Piero Lissoni and Marcel Wanders, as well as sessions hosted by AIA and ASID. ICFF Contract will feature designers of better commercial spaces, like Arper, Bernhardt Design, Blå Station, Humanscale, Kartell, Loftwall, Materia, Poppin, and Scandinavian Spaces. And, on the curatorial side, special pavilions will feature work from The British European Design Group, Luxe France, Interiors of Spain, The Italian Trade Commission, Brazil, Romania, Austria, Norway, Scandinavia, Poland, and Ventura New York—the Dutch Edition. Further events include the NYCxDesign Awards, the ICFF Gala Party, a secret musical presentation, and a silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Art New York
May 2—5

The fifth edition of Art New York takes place on Pier 94 this week. Open through Sunday, May 5, the VIP preview took place Thursday, May 2 before a public opening that evening. The art fair brings together modern and contemporary works from 70 international galleries. Visitors will find a range of artworks by nearly 300 emerging and established artists.

Under the leadership of director Nick Korniloff, galleries will present work by artists like KAWS, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Longo, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Georg Condo, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and more. Exhibiting galleries include Andrea Schwartz Gallery, FREDERIC GOT, Waterhouse & Dodd, STATE, NG Art Gallery, Liss Gallery, Zemack Contemporary Art, and others.

Special projects include a 360-degree immersive photo booth by Jerkface presented by Taglialatella Galleries, limited edition publications by Artika Artists’ Books, programming by The Children’s Museum of the Arts for the younger art lovers, a catalogue signing by Isabelle Van Zeijl at Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and libations and a chance to relax at the Elyx Mobile Bar and Lounge.



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