The DART Board: 05.17.2023

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday May 17, 2023



Frieze Week Art Fairs

Wednesday, May 17–Sunday, May 21: Frieze New York

Maintaining its reputation as an international destination for gold-standard works, Frieze NY presents more than 60 galleries this year at Hudson Yards: Gagosian will show work by Nan Goldin for the first time since the activist and artist joined its stable; David Kordansky will offer work by Lauren Halsey on the heels of the artist’s Met Rooftop Commission; and Silverlens has work from the estate of the ground-breaking American artist, Carlos Villa.  Photo above ©Paula Alyce Scully; below © Peggy Roalf

The Shed, Hudson Yards, 545 West 30th Street, New York, NY Info

Monday, May 15–Monday, 21: Salon Zürcher

The 28th edition for Salon Zürcher is titled “The 11 Women of Spirit, Part 7,” so named for the 18th-century term femmes d’esprit, which celebrated like-minded female artists and intellectuals. This free fair features a cohort of women artists invited to show their work in an intimate salon style, offering a breath of fresh air against superstore-style art fairs. Above: JoAnn Rothschild, Untitled, 2021

Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, New York, NY Info


Wednesday, May 17–Sunday 21: VOLTA NY

Volta, an Italian word for fun, is back at the Metropolitan Pavilion this year, with 50 international galleries presenting solo and group shows. With both new and returning exhibitors, this year’s fair stands to reintroduce VOLTA to the New York market as a platform for discovery for both aspiring and seasoned collectors alike. Photo: David Willems

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY Info


Thursday, May 18–Sunday 21: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
The premier destination for contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora returns to New York, this time in Harlem’s Manhattanville neighborhood at the site of a renovated brewery. Here, 26 galleries from Africa, Europe, and the United States present the works of more than 80 artists, including Strasbourg-born Ousmane Bâ, via Galerie Atiss Dakar, Togolese-German photographer Delali Ayivi, courtesy of Galerie Number 8, and Johannesburg-based artist Lulama Wolf, shown by THK Gallery. Above: Josie Love Roebuck at LatchKey Gallery

Manhattanville Factory District, 439 West 127th Street, New York, NY Info



 Thursday, May 18–Sunday 21: NADA New York

True to its name, the New Art Dealers Alliance features some of the most exciting gallerists’ enterprises, including Hannah Traore Gallery, Rachel Uffner, Shulamit Nazarian, and Luis de Jesus Los Angeles.  This year’s edition lands at a venue in the West Chelsea gallery district, with some 88 exhibitors, 31 of which are first-timers. Left: Kelly Breez, “The Cheese Plate Lovers Club Matchbook” (2023), courtesy Dale Zine

548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY Info




Thursday, May 18–Sunday 21: Focus New York

One of the newer art fairs on the docket, Focus Art Fair poses the question “what if our life was like a biosphere?” and enacting an event that is inspired by that concept of integrated ecosystems, bringing together the spheres of the NFT marketplace, physical artworks, and a VR viewing room.  The fair “hopes to offer a condensed view of a future art market, combining the potential of both technology and art."

Chelsea Industrial, 535 West 28th Street, New York, NY Info



Thursday, May 18–Sunday 21: Clio Art Fair
Self-described as the “anti-fair for independent artists,” Clio features artists without New York representation, opening the field to creatives otherwise left out of the fair landscape. This year, a special section titled “What’s Your Fight?” will feature performances that ruminate on the difficulties posed by ordinary and extraordinary circumstances of everyday life. Above: Aurelio Bruni, “Dissacration” (2022)

550 West 29th Street, New York, NY Info