New York is the place to be next week with two of the most important art fairs of the year taking place. TEFAF NEW YORK Spring (3 to 7 May) and FRIEZE NEW YORK (2 to 5 May) have added many new and exciting exhibitors, exhibitions and collaborations to their line ups this year to attract as many visitors as possible.
Focusing on Modern & Contemporary art & design, the third edition of TEFAF New York Spring features 92 exhibitors, with 12 new participants. The unique architecture of the Park Avenue Armoury provides a great backdrop for exhibitions and ‘Le Coq d’Or’ by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) promises to be one of the most striking additions to the space when it is suspended from the ceiling. The huge masterpiece (30 x 42ft), brought to the fair by Galerie Gmurzynska, is the sole surviving large scale painting from the famed Diaghilev production of the Ballet Russes and is of great historical significance. Its exhibition coincides with a strong revival of interest in the work of the Russian artist; a major retrospective will open at the Tate Modern, London, in June.
For their first appearance at the fair, Pace Gallery will present an exhibition of the work of 20th century master Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). Drawing together paintings, works on paper and sculptures by the 20th century master, they capture the unremittingly innovative and bold vision and spirit of the artist. Following their recent announcement of an exclusive collaboration with the Klee Family, David Zwirner will be exhibiting a one-artist presentation of the works of Paul Klee (1879-1940) which is not to be missed. Other highlights include first appearances at the fair for Donald Ellis Gallery, Victoria Miro and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Over at Randall’s Island Park, Frieze New York features a large number of collaborations with leading museum directors this year, such as Patrick Charpenel (Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and Susanna V. Temkin (Curator) who will curate Diálogos, a new themed section for Latino and Latin American art.
Another first for this year is Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, a new public art initiative which is open for two months, until 28 June 2019, featuring works by Joan Miró (1893-1983), Jaume Plensa (b.1955) and Rochelle Goldberg (b.1984), amongst others. The eighth edition of the fair sees increased participation from galleries in Asia with new additions including Tina Keng from Taipei and Experimenter Gallery from Kolkata, alongside record numbers of exhibitors from China.
With new and under-represented art forms alongside some of the most significant names in modern and contemporary art, this is a fair not to be missed.