Months that begin with ‘M’ mean art overload here at HAHA. We barely recovered from Armory Week and yet here we go again. By no means is that a complaint—trust me—I am typing this with glee. The feeling of being thrown into the hustle and bustle of a week filled with activities centered solely around art is tantamount to the endorphin rush I get on my diet cheat day. While I gather together my art fair survival kit and book my ticket to New York; why don’t you peruse the fair offerings Frieze week has to offer. Our social media blasts from the fairs starts today. Make sure you’re following us on

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When: May 14–17 / Thursday–Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($44)
Where: Randall’s Island Park (Randall’s Island)

Frieze is one of the world’s biggest contemporary art fairs. Art lovers/art curious make the pilgrimage across the East River to Randall Island Park to scope out which way the contemporary art trends are swaying. Over 190 galleries are participating at Frieze New York 2015—this year the focus is on local galleries. This is a mammoth of a fair — do yourself a favor and download their handy floor plan.

Not to be missed: Talks between Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden and Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman (May 15, 4pm), as they attempt to answer the question: “Whom do museums serve?”


When: May 14–17 / Thursday, Friday: 2–10pm; Saturday: 12–10pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($20)
Where: Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

SELECT Art Fair is the avant-garde friend of FRIEZE. The fair provides a contemporary platform for galleries to market emerging to mid-career artists. This year SELECT is fueled by more interactive art programming including an exciting roster of installations, musical talent, performances, book signings and lectures. I’m looking forward to the rooftop performance piece, You Are Here, where a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture will be activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors.

Art Miami New York

When: May 14–17 / Thursday: 5–9pm; Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($25)
Where: Pier 94 (55th Street and West Side Highway, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)

… As the name suggests, there are two incarnations of Art Miami New York.  Their Frieze Week debut will showcase a number of events, art talks, tours and nearly 1200 emerging and established artists from over 50 countries and 100 leading international art galleries. Art Miami produces other art fairs, such as CONTEXT, Aqua, Art Wynwood, CONTEXT New York, Art Southampton and Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco. No matter what the location (Miami is my fave),  Art Miami New York is one of the most important art events in the city.

NADA Art Fair

When: May 14–17 / Thursday: 6–8pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11–5pm (free)
Where: Pier 36 (299 South Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

NADA is the second largest fair during the week.  The 2015 lineup will include 100 galleries, including 27 first-time exhibitors. Apart from the regular program, NADA in New York 2015 will also have a series of performances, conversations and events.  Different events will be held each day of the fair. I’m looking forward to: Thursday’s program entitled NADA x PAOM NADA x PAOM, with an artist-designed, limited edition line of clothing and objects featuring artwork by three contemporary artists, each represented by NADA galleries. Sunday, Aeromoto and Wendy’s Subway will present A+WS, a collaboratively curated library and reading room designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz , with a focus on art books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues by Latin American publishers.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

When: May 15–17 / Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($10)
Where: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn)

… London’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is making its debut during Frieze Week. 1:54 is a reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. 1:54 NY’s participating galleries, which come from Abidjan, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Marrakech, Milan and Paris, will feature works from 70+ African artists, including Gabonese painter Boris Nzebo, British-Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, legendary Malian portrait photographers Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, Senegalese fashion and fine arts photographer Omar Victor Diop, Kenyan visual artist Jim Chuchu, Beninese mixed-media artist Romuald Hazoumè, iconic Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Mozambican sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda, Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro, and Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh, among others.

Not to be missed: artists talk with Hank Willis Thomas and Lyle Ashton Harris on the importance of the term “diaspora” to their practices (May 15, 4:15pm).

SELECT Art Fair Events Not to Miss

Select Fair Special Projects

May 13th – 17th is blocked out on my calendar – which can only mean one thing…it’s ‘Frieze Week’! New York is about to become a hub of fairs and events centered around the art world.

Select Art Fair NYC is opening May 13th – 50+ international galleries will be on display along with a new installation program and a stronger performance art lineup that should more than keep the crowds busy enough to warrant those tired fair feet goers like to boast about as if the accumulated blisters come with art dedication patches. I know, no one forces us to go to ‘just one more’ event. So we’ll just do what

I know, no one forces us to go to ‘just one more’ event. So we’ll just do what any art junkie enabler would do; compile must see lists.

SELECT Art Fair Events Not To Miss:

Fawn Rogers

Fawn Rogers Art World Collectors CardsVisual artist Fawn Rogers’ COURT is a series of 54 original paintings, featuring the images of 52 art collectors chosen at random from ARTNews’ “Top 200” list, presented as a standard deck of playing cards along with two collectors not on the list, who appear on the joker cards. Fair visitors will be invited to participate with performance artists in a game of poker – Texas Hold style. Like the art of collection, the playing cards can be used to create communities, forge alliances, swindle enemies, and astonish strangers. Utilizing symbols of fortune, and sport. COURT invites the viewer to explore the evolving dynamics of art collecting, whose key players’ interests will represent this time in history.

Skowhegan presents “The Double” – The Double is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the inherent doubling that occurs through picture, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusion of wholeness, a dispersion of the self, and perhaps revelations or repressions of fears and desires kept hidden within the body. The Double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or Doppelganger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling may also be traced to the mode of production of the work, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is physical in its duplication as well.

Whitebox Art Center presents Andriy Bazyuta‘s video installation “Arial Allusions” (rooftop) – “Arial Allusions” is an interactive, multilayered 3D dual projection work engaging visitors-as-participants through the use of ‘Kinect’ 3D sensors. Figures entering the rooftop, upon coming in contact with sensors, will become active participants, their body shapes surrounded by an unlimited number of projected geometrical moving visual patterns caused by their transposed innate sounds. These sounds will be gleaned, processed, and visually mapped into constant oscillating images thrown upon various architectures surrounding the audience. The larger the crowd and the louder the sound propelled, the shakier the projected vibrating images will become, reaching a super saturated point turning into a sea of electrifying, rambling and shattering images.

 “You Are Here” – a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture. It is activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Audience members arrive at “You Are Here” with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction, all held together by a plethora of performance artists. Artists and audiences alike are invited to question the expectations that arise around performance in the context of community. This year’s incarnation of You Are Here brings a new design for SELECT fair’s roof install. Dozens of performers hold together a maze comprised of industrial plastic mesh banners. Musical guests and audience members stand within the structure. Not to be missed!


Mandy Mandelstein‘s “If the Walls Had Eyes” – If The Walls Had Eyes visualizes and humanizes the multiple pairs of eyes that observe the things we putting out into the world on a daily basis, not only by the people we wish to see our personal content, but the digital eyes that are always watching, the ones we don’t necessarily think about. Part inspired by an attention-starved roommate, and part by a dream, the interactive projection installation consists of multiple videos that watch and follow the viewer as they pass by.


DATE: May 13-17, 2015

LOCATION: CENTER 548 (formerly the Dia Building) 548 West 22nd Street Between 10th and 11th Avenue in Chelsea New York, NY 10011 

GENERAL FAIR HOURS Thursday May 14th | 2:00-10:00pm Friday May 15th | 2:00-10:00pm Saturday May 16th | 12:00-10:00pm Sunday May 17th | 12:00-6:00pm


SELECT was conceived at the end of 2011 by Matthew Eck and Brian Whitley; now in our fourth year of production, we are proud to be one of the fastest growing arts production companies in America. SELECT provides a contemporary platform for galleries to market emerging to mid-career artists. By integrating brands into the art market, SELECT is able to creatively provide new and interesting ways to showcase art as well as activate the work.