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Your guide to all the art fairs in New York this spring

It's officially spring in New York City. The Upper East Side is blanketed in freshly blooming tulips and a slew of new art fairs have arrived in the city.

Overwhelmed? No need. We've got your guide to all the events taking place in the city this season.

Frieze New York

Pace Gallery, Frieze New York 2023. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of CKA and Frieze.

The marquee fair returns to its location at the Shed in Hudson Yards for its 12th edition in the Big Apple. The fair's comparatively small size – just 68 galleries – is determined by the venue, but don't think that the exhibitors won't bring their best to this outing. In addition to the blue-chip stars returning this year, 11 galleries will be exhibiting in the Focus section, curated for the first time by Lumi Tan – the creative force behind LA's Luna Luna Park – and an exhibition by Stanley Stellar's photographs include Kapp Kapp and Reverend Joyce McDonald at Gordon Robichaux.

When: VIP Preview: Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday, May 2 – Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Where: The shed at 545 West 30th Street

1-54 Art Fair

Reggie Khumalo, The Africa I know (2023). Courtesy of African Art Hub (TAAH).

The largest edition of the contemporary African art fair to date is now on display at a new location in the heart of Chelsea. With eight newcomers and more than 30 returning exhibitors, the diverse art offering “underscores the fair’s commitment to showcasing the richness and diversity of contemporary African art on a global stage.”

When: VIP Preview: Wednesday, May 1, 2-7 p.m. and Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Opening hours: Friday, May 3rd – Saturday, May 4th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m

Where: Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street

Esther

The historic Estonian House will be the venue for the first edition of Esther. Photo: Courtesy of the Estonian House.

Who is she? The Smart, Scrappy, and Small New Art Fair is the only one in town this week. With performances by Venice Biennale alumnus Kris Lemsalu, panels with Magda Sawon and Laura Raicovich, as well as regular live music and authentic Estonian dinners on tap… the only answer is: the only game in town. This new addition, led by veteran gallerists Margot Samel and Olga Temnikova, will feature 25 galleries, each of which will surely appreciate the lower admission price (free with timed reservation) and increased interest in a break from the mega-fair-mall vibe .

When: April 30, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 1st–3rd May, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 4, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Where: New York Estonian House, 243 E 34th Street

Future fair

Mia Weiner, Condessa (for G.) (2022). Courtesy of the artist and Mama Projects, New York, NY.

Future Fair returns for its fourth New York edition after launching in the middle of 2020. The transparency of the model – which operates like a cooperative, with the exhibiting galleries considered shareholders who share a percentage of the profits with the fair – has proven to have contributed to its success. On the whole, participating galleries are smaller, edgier and actually dedicated to their artists, a place where visitors can discover something new and exciting.

When: VIP Preview: Wednesday, May 1, 3-8 p.m.; Opening hours: Thursday, May 2nd – Friday, May 3rd, 12:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4th, 12-6 p.m

Where: Chelsea Industrial, 538 West 28th Street

NADA New York

Installation view of Halsey McKay Gallery at NADA New York 2023.

The 10th edition of NADA New York rounds off the event offering with almost 100 exhibitors (34 first-time visitors) from 31 international cities. The “Curated Spotlight” section features underrepresented artists from five galleries.

When: VIP preview (by invitation): Thursday, May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Opening hours: Thursday, May 2, 4-7 p.m.; Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4-5 May, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Where: 548 West 22nd Street

That 70's show

Barbara Nessim, Rainbow Trinity (1973). Courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery.

The second season of the hugely successful mini-fair returns this year to Eric Firestone's Loft, with an exhibition of 18 renowned galleries showcasing works by artists active in the titular '70s. Look out for New York favorites Ryan Lee, Ortuzar Projects, Karma, Andrew Kreps and Franklin Parrasch, as well as host Eric Firestone, all bringing interesting and often overlooked artists who were an integral part of their local art scenes of the decade.

When: Thursday, May 2, 5-8 p.m.; Friday, May 3 – Saturday, May 4, 12pm – 7pm; Sunday, May 5, 12-6 p.m

Where: Eric Firestone Loft: 4 Great Jones Street

TEFAF New York

Sean Kelly presents a portrait of Kehinde Wiley at TEFAF New York 2022. Photo by David Benthal, courtesy of TEFAF.

The chic uptown affair returns to the Park Avenue Armory, where visitors can expect stunning floral designs, inventive cocktails and, of course, an expertly reviewed treasure trove of art and design. At TEFAF you can enjoy the objects presented as much as the way they are presented. Of the more than 90 exhibitors, 16 will host presentations in the historic spaces of the Park Avenue Armory while the others will be housed in the Drill Hall. On display are designs by various artists, including Wendell Castle, François-Xavier Lalanne and Virgil Abloh, as well as paintings by Joan Snyder, Giorgio de Chirico and Jenny Holzer.

When: VIP Preview (invitation only): Thursday, May 9, 1-8 p.m.; Opening hours: Friday, May 10th – Monday, May 13th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m

Where: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue

Independent New York

Kota Ezawa, Hollywood hills (2018). Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery and Ryan Lee Gallery, exhibitors of Independent New York, 2024.

In preparation for its 15th anniversary edition, Independent returns to Tribeca with more than 130 artists – 39 of them making their debuts – in 88 galleries and nonprofits, overseen by curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs. A highlight of the event will be the co-curated presentation “15×15: Independent 2010-2024,” led by Higgs and Independent founder Elizabeth Dee, which will highlight some of the most significant offerings and discoveries from the show’s history.

When: VIP Preview, Thursday: May 9, 5-8 p.m.; Opening hours: Friday, May 10th – Saturday, May 11th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m

Where: Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

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