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Fourteen major art fairs are about to mashup on the Manhattan landscape. The best coverage is summarized here: https://news.artnet.com/market/your-go-to-guide-for-art-fairs-during-frieze-week-878066. The big fairs of course give you the world – but in some ways they are art carpetbaggers. And they’re here to make a big splash so they can make a big sale – and skip town. Pay attention to the free fairs towards the end of the artnet.com list – one fair is women-owned showing works of women and gay works. There’s substantial representation from Africa. There’s even a fair for artists without a gallery to promote them – self-represented artists. In other words this does not have to be a binge for the rich and famous. There is something for everyone in this cornucopia.
But keep your eye out on http://www.LarryQualls.blogspot.com for New York City’s response to the invasion. Larry’s going to have his work cut out for him! I suggest you start on Friday night with those folks who brought you the NYC Counterfoil to TEFAF in the Fall – the local Asia Week galleries. (See asiaweekny.com) In particular eight NYC galleries are also bringing contemporary art that is far more substantial than can be crowded into a Fair booth. (More detail on them will follow in my next post.) Moreover, since 7 of the 8 are on the upper east side just off Mad Ave you can devote yourself to an in-depth plunge simply not possible in a frenzied fair like Frieze – and it should be remarked that Frieze is out on Randall’s Island. Just don’t ignore Onishi Gallery in Chelsea; they have shown some spectacular work this year, first pottery from a National Living Treasure from Japan – and just recently incredibly creative and fun work in porcelain from sunny Spain. The virtue of NYC’s galleries is depth – and they will still be here to keep you fed a rich diet of art year round after the art circuses have skipped town.