See Now | Frieze New York

THE ANNUAL ART FAIR IS BACK FOR THE SIXTH TIME, CHOCK-FULL OF ITS MOST POIGNANT ART EVER.

Artist Mira Schendel; Artist Carol Bove for David Zwirner

Ask a New Yorker and they’ll tell you that there are several benchmarks of spring in Manhattan: when the first blooms sprout in Central Park; when the sidewalks are equal parts summer enthusiasts flaunting bare limbs and those in full parkas; and when Frieze New York hits Randall’s Island. Indeed, in just six years, the annual art fair has become a season staple and for good reason— it reigns as the international crown jewel of contemporary art shows. Gathering together over 200 leading galleries from 30-plus countries, Frieze champions the most significant artists of today (from emerging talent to re-visited 20th century masters).

This year specifically, that includes solo exhibitions from leading artists like painter and sculptor Lorna Simpson (in collaboration with one of CP’s favorite galleries, Hauser & Wirth), painter John Currin (in collaboration with Gagosian Gallery) and neon sculpturist Keith Sonnier (in collaboration with Pace Gallery).

Unsurprisingly, this season’s showcased art centers around three hot button themes: politics, feminism and performance. A large-scale pigeon coop by artist Anton van Dalen delves into the politically charged scene of NYC’s East Village in the 1980s (it notes the immense influence of immigration, street art and hip hop) while female Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri explores the common ground between Iran and the West through her pro-femme works. Among our favorite exhibitions is Cheim & Read’s all-pink show— an emotional response to the recent Women’s March on Washington— featuring works from Andy Warhol to Louise Bourgeois, as well as New York artist Marc Hundley’s immersive interior: a real-life replica of his actual Brooklyn home, including objects, artwork, handmade furniture and books.

In terms of cuisine, we’d be remiss not to mention the fair’s all-star culinary line-up which includes some of our contributors’ most recommended neighborhood hangs: read Marlow & Sons, Morgenstern’s, Sant Ambroeus, Roberta’s, Café Altro Paradiso and Russ & Daughters.

The fair runs this Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th at Randall’s Island Park with dedicated ferry and bus services and limited valet parking (FYI, there are easy public transportation options as well). Tickets are available here. For now, take a sneak peek at some of our favorite works below.

Oorskot by  Igshaan Adams

Nowe Miasto II by Frank Stella; Sol Mur Ceysson by Louis Cane

Artist William Eggleston for David Zwirner

Interrelation by Tatsuo Kawaguchi

Artist Samson Young; Untitled by Virginia Jaramillo

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