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.
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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 Leslie Wayne / How do you look at art at an art fair? Do you do a quick pass through the whole thing and then go back to the works that caught your eye in order to look at them more closely? Or do you settle in for […]
Reading links: NYC art fair cheat sheet, last chance for Rochelle Feinstein�s show at the Bronx Museum, Mira Schor�s lifetime achievement award, Allen Ruppersberg at the Hammer, new privately-owned and operated museum-quality art spaces, and the Rothko Chapel renovations. —— It�s the first week in March and art fairs are […]
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 […]
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 […]
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Thanks to the ongoing disaster known as the Trump administration, anxiety was in the air at the art fairs this year. Unconstitutional��deportation, hate crime, heedless�military intervention, political corruption, the impending�loss of affordable healthcare for 24 million people, and the failure�of GOP will to seriously investigate�palpable�indications�of […]
Contributed by Sharon Louden / On Friday, I spent almost three hours at theSatellite Art Fair and returned for another half hour on Saturday. It was like having about 20 studio visits; all of the conversations were substantive. At Satellite, there was a wide range of work on display, but […]