Contributed by Kenneth Greiner / Having recently relocated to London, I was delighted when a friend offered me a free ticket to the twentieth-anniversary Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park. On a sunny Saturday, I took the Jubilee Line tube from my new flat in northwest London to Baker Street before joining the line in front of the fair’s enormous white tent. This, I would discover, was where the contemporary works were on display. With 130 galleries participating, I knew I’d need to be a bit discerning if I was going to spend more than a few seconds with any particular painting. I soon found myself standing in front of The Only Thing Left Behind, a mid-size oil painting by British artist Martyn Cross at the Hales Gallery booth.
Contributed by Fay Sanders and Bob Szyantyr / In a shift befitting this year’s theme, !WILD CARD!, the Spring/Break Art Show departs from its past trajectory of more-and-bigger spectacle, year after year. Building on the “Secret Show” of this past spring, which returned to the Old School where the fair began, the organizers asked artists for this year’s show at 625 Madison to revisit past themes with a mix of nostalgia, homage, and cheekiness.
Contributed by Fay Sanders / Since 1993, the Outsider Art Fair has showcased self-taught art from around the globe, and this year�s program continues to highlight the maverick spirit of contemporary artists working outside of the mainstream art world. Housed in the sleek Metropolitan Pavilion, the fair includes work from sixty-two international exhibitors alongside several curated spaces presenting art tackling themes as diverse as psychedelics, maps, legends, and unexpected genres. The vibrant display of painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, and book arts fills the venue with a palpable energy of color and creativity. Here are some paintings that caught my eye at the fair.
Contributed by Fay Sanders and Bob Szantyr / This year much of the work at Spring/Break is engaged with our tenuous grasp on truth, along with themes of Catholic iconography, shame and marginalization, Medieval craft, and speculative and mythological imagery that is readily framed as heretical in a puritanical, Western sense.
Contributed by Fay Sanders / In its ninth year, SPRING/BREAK continues its tradition of turning mundane office spaces into elaborate and vibrant venues for art. This year more than 100 curators and 400+ artists took over two floors of the former Ralph Lauren offices on Madison Avenue to present their […]
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank is now 94, which means he has been in the midst what he calls a natural disaster old age for at least fifteen years. Yet when he was 80, as Gerald Fox trailed him for Foxs 2005 documentary Leaving […]
Contributed by Erin Langner / In the center of the 2018 Seattle Art Fair, Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar�s white neon script, hovering in Galerie Lelong�s booth, reads �Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness.� Jaar has appropriated these words, penned by poet W.H. Auden, many times before. But, as the fourth year of Seattle�s international […]
Contributed by Sharon Butler / I just read a piece by Rachel Corbett in artnet News about Mitchell Algus, a dealer who manages a small second-floor space on the corner of Delancy and Norfolk on the Lower East Side. He’s been mounting shows in different spaces for more than 25 […]
This year the Independent Art Fair showed a slew of conventionally good paintings, which is not necessarily de rigueur for�the�enterprise�that prides itself on being the most �edgy� and��risk-taking��of the New York art fairs.�On�Spring Studios�at 50�Varick Street, just below Canal, the space was full of natural light, and, as the afternoon […]
The art fairs have already started! This year ADAA runs from February 27th through March 4th, and then the rest of the fairs run from March 8th through March 11th. SPRING BREAK Art Shows open an extra day through the 12th so that all the other galleries can stop by after they break down […]