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Whitewaller New York Spring 2017: Art & Design Fairs

Learn what you need to know and where you need to be for Frieze New York, Collective Design, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Art New York, CONTEXT, WantedDesign, ICFF, and TEFAF New York Spring.

Frieze New York, May 5-7


Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of ICFF.

The sixth edition of Frieze New York takes place at Randall’s Island Park from May 5 to 7. In total, 200 galleries from 30 countries will present work from today’s top artists, emerging talents, and even some 20th-century masters. Fair first-timers include VI, VII (Oslo), Bridget Donahue (New York), and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) showing alongside returning favorites like Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), David Zwirner (New York), Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo), The Modern Institute (Glasgow), Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw), Chantal Crousel (Paris), and Sprüth Magers (Berlin). Representing an increase in offerings from the 20th-century are Acquavella (New York), Lévy Gorvy (London), and Skarstedt (New York).

Programming like Frieze Talks continues this year, alongside the much-anticipated Frieze Projects, again curated by Cecilia Alemani for 2017. Participating artists include Dora Budor, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Jon Rafman, Giosetta Fioroni, Fabio Mauri, Ryan McNamara, and Adam Pendleton. Staged within the tent and the outside grounds of Frieze, said Alemani, “This year’s projects make us aware of this dynamic, revealing the tension between exhibitionism and voyeurism.”

Art New York


TEFAF New York Spring, May 4-8

TEFAF New York Spring is the newest platform in the TEFAF organization. It will bring together 92 international galleries and dealers for its debut edition focusing on contemporary and modern art and design. On view May 4–8 at the Park Avenue Armory, the show will also present a small number of exhibitors featuring jewelry, antiquities, and African and Oceanic Art.


Art New York, 2016, photo by David Williams.

The Dutch architect Tom Postma will transform the space on Park Avenue, with dealers exhibiting in Drill Hall and the first- and second-floor rooms. Invaluable is the top sponsor of the fair, and the opening event will benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Park Avenue Armory’s programming. Exhibitors will include Axel Vervoordt, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Petzel Gallery, Sean Kelly, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, David Zwirner, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Skarstedt Gallery, White Cube, Galerie Perrotin, Lisson Gallery, and more.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, May 5-7


The leading international fair devoted to showing contemporary work from diverse African perspectives returns to New York for its third edition at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn from May 5 to 7. The global mix will include presentations from 19 galleries from countries like the U.K., Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Italy, and France, showing work from over 60 artists like Ibrahim El-Salahi, William Kentridge, Malick Sidibé, Derrick Adams, Cheikh Ndiaye, Boris Nzebo, and Billie Zangewa. Nine new galleries are joining the fair, headed by founding director Touria El Glaoui.

Also in its third year will be the fair’s FORUM programming—a series of talks, events, lectures, film screenings, and panel discussions curated by Koyo Kouoh, artistic director of RAW Material Company in Dakar. 2017 will also see an expansion of special projects and a nonprofit section of the fair.


Collective Design, 2016, courtesy of Collective Design.


Manhattan,  May 20-23


Photo by Ikonphoto + Nudesignstudio.

Founded in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign takes place at the Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in Manhattan. It is devoted to promoting ideas and community in the design world, both in New York and globally. Exhibitors at its Manhattan location include 3form, Alessi, Caestarstone x Pratt Institute, Tomnuk Design, Visual Magnetics, and more.

Now in its fourth edition at WantedDesign will be the Launch Pad Program, presented by Design Milk and Design Within Reach. Both sponsors and a panel of judges will award a prize within two categories: Lighting Design and Furniture & Accessories. The 2017 American Design Honors recipient is Studio Gorm, presented in partnership with Bernhardt Design.

Frieze New York

1:54 New York 2016 © Katrina Sorrentino.

Brooklyn, May 17-23

A second location of WantedDesign in Brooklyn launched in 2015 at Industry City in Sunset Park, recognizing the creative community of the borough. Founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat will curate the exhibition “Transatlantic Creative Exchange” including designers and manufacturers like Fondation d’entreprise Hermès/Saint-Louis x DH McNabb, Ateliers Pinton and David Weeks Studio, UHURU and Constance Guisset, and more. It’s one of the major exhibitions within Oui Design, alongside Hors-Pistes by designers Marie Douel and Amandine David, which allows young designers to discover and work with international traditional techniques and artisans.

In addition to a gallery of projects from the Industry City tenants, WantedDesign Brooklyn will present exhibitions from Art by Friends x Opinel, Visual Magnetics x Fort Makers, DIPLORAMA#3 by ENSCI Les Ateliers, Mos(kit)o by ENSCI Les Ateliers, Outside the Box, and “From Chaos to Epiphany” by Central Saint Martins Product, Ceramic, and Industrial Design.

Art New York, May 3-7

Art New York returns for its third edition taking place May 3–7 at Pier 94. The fair and its sister fair, CONTEXT New York, will bring together more than 130 galleries showing the work of close to 1,200 artists from 50 countries. Art New York will present a range of work—some straight from the studio and never seen before—from the primary and second market. It’s a carefully curated selection, giving a comprehensive picture of today’s global art market.

A highlight of this year’s edition is a special focus on Andy Warhol in the exhibition of Christophe von Hohenberg’s “Remembering Warhol: Thirty Years Ago” presented by Alfstad & Contemporary gallery. On view will be a collection of photos captured by von Hohenberg on assignment for Vanity Fair to cover the artist’s memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on April 1, 1987.

Collective Design, May 3-7

The 2017 edition of Collective Design takes place from May 3 to 7 at Skylight Clarkson Square, coinciding with NYCxDesign (May 3–24). The fifth edition solidifies the fair’s presence in the design world, with founder Steven Learner at the helm of a global council of leaders in the fields of design, art, architecture, and interior design. New this year are Leclaireur (Los Angeles), Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York), Portuondo (London, Madrid), and ICERA by Gallery LVS & LVS Craft (Seoul, South Korea).

This edition’s “Collective Influence” honoree is the Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti. His work will be presented in a survey curated by senior scholar at the Yale Center for British Art Glenn Adamson. The Collective Concept program will feature individual projects by Christopher Boots, Gianluca Pacchioni, and more. The LAB at Rockwell Studio creates a unique entry moment inspired by the idea of reinventing the red carpet, while the Noguchi Museum will return with a site-specific installation in collaboration with designer Robert Stadler. Debuting in 2017 is the “Vanguard Series” in collaboration with OTHR, selecting emergent talents to create a series of 3-D printed objects.

ICFF, May 21-24

Celebrating its 29th year, ICFF will take place from May 21 to 24 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. It is North America’s largest and most prestigious design event for interiors, and this year will be presented all on one level of an expanded show floor. The event brings together a community of design influencers, brands, media, and talent for one of the biggest weeks for the industry. The event’s director, Kevin O’Keefe, is preparing for this to be ICFF’s biggest and best year. Look forward to May 20, when ICFF NYC and Interior Design will co- present that annual NYCxDESIGN Awards at the Museum of Modern Art.

ICFF Studio, the annual collaboration with Bernhardt Design for undiscovered design professionals, will return for its 12th year alongside ICFF Schools presenting ideas from top design schools. The program this year will include presentations from RISD, the University of Iowa, Kean University, Pratt Institute, Virginia Tech, Drexel University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and more.

CONTEXT New York, May 3-7

CONTEXT New York Presented by Art Miami returns for its second edition, taking place May 3–7 at Pier 94. The fair and its sister fair, Art New York, will host over 130 galleries presenting artworks from nearly 1,200 international artists. CONTEXT supports and shows the work of emerging and midcareer artists within an open atmosphere designed to appeal to seasoned and budding collectors alike. It is designed as the ultimate platform for engaging artists, galleries, and patrons in the discovery of cutting-edge work.
This year, the fair will present a series of engaging works by artist and director of adult and academic programs at MoMA Pablo Helguera. Entitled “All Proceeds,” the program will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to a variety of organizations that support social-issue causes.

This article appears in Whitewaller New York‘s spring 2017 edition.



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