"One for the money, two for the show". . . or is it, "All for the money, on with the show?" In either case, the month of May marks the return of Frieze New York to the city and with it, a spate of attendant junior art fairs with barnacled festivities in tow.
The May 10-13th event boasts over 180 international galleries, and the borough of Brooklyn is represented both by Luhring Augustine in the main exhibitor area and by Greenpoint's Real Fine Arts in Frame, a section of the fair dedicated to solo proposals from galleries open less than 6 years. Real Fine Arts will be showing works by Antek Walczak: images of e-mail spam screen-printed atop sheets of lead.
At Pulse New York in Chelsea, Black & White Gallery shows figurative cross-stitch by Alicia Ross and at the second edition of NADA NYC on Pier 36 in the Lower East Side you will find excellent offerings from Greenpoint's Rawson Projects, including paintings by Cy Amundson, Jamian Juliano-Villani and conceptual photography from Lyndsy Welgos. Achingly beautiful, Welgos' work strikes a perfect balance between philosophical heft, technical prowess, and frank sex appeal. Don't miss these. At NADA you will also find painter Nancy Haynes' impressive abstract fields exhibited by Bushwick's Regina Rex as well as Interstate Projects, featuring work by Georgian born Anna K.E. and surreal, biomorphic forms by Dutch artist Rachel de Joode. Lastly, keep an eye out for Carroll Gardens' very own 247365 and Know More Games, an art space which will, through the use of an upright, book-hinged display system, cumulatively showcase every artist it's ever exhibited.
A venture to the northern section of the Lower East Side will bring you to Cutlog, the Parisian art fair's first NY edition, housed at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on Suffolk Street. Here you will find Brooklyn represented by the Williamsburg stalwart, Front Room Gallery, which will show the metaphorical watercolors of Thomas Broadbent and Stephen Mallon's photography, and by Bushwick's Microscope Gallery, which will present work by Emma Bee Bernstein, Raul Vincent Enriquez, DataSpaceTime, Allison Somers, Amos Poe, and performance artist Marni Kotak, noted for giving birth as a live performance event within Microscope in 2011.
The art fair weekend of May 10-13 includes late night gallery strolls in both Greenpoint and Williamsburg on Friday, May 10th and in Bushwick on Saturday May 11th. And at the end of the month Bushwick Open Studios, May 31-June 2nd including hundreds of artist's studios.
This month also includes a number of benefits for a few of Brooklyn's fine cultural institutions, including a Kentucky Derby themed art auction and benefit for Smack Mellon on Saturday May 4th, a 100 works on paper benefit to support The Kentler International Drawing Space onSaturday May 18th, a Spring Raffle Drawing + Silent Auction to benefit Momenta Art on Wed May 22nd, and of course our own annual WAGMAG Benefit, which will be held on Tues May 21st within the English Kills Gallery in Bushwick (wagmag.org). This benefit is always a festive affair and one that helps to keep WAGMAG a free resource connecting art spaces, artists and the viewing public to one another, all across Brooklyn. I hope to see you there!