Nada and Frieze invigorate New York’s art scene this past weekend

Posted on May - 10 - 2016

New York was this weekend’s major host for two major art fairs. Although they vary extremely in the galleries, artists and above all, the prices they show, they both set the stage and call upon international art world players. Due to the political and economic situation that is both happening in America and Europe as a result of elections, terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis, some gallerists saw a slower movement in the sales that took place during the first days of the fairs, but we’re not discourage none the less, which just proves how dependent the art market is of worldly affairs.

Frieze New York showcased more than 200 galleries from all over the world in its Randal Islands’ Park enormous venue. Although stunts like Maurizio Cattelan’s live donkey, Heather Philipsons’s  100% OTHER FIBRES and the Gagosian’s booth of Damien Hirst’s greatest hits, the fair didn’t get the same level of economic success it did in previous years, probably influenced by the unstable global situation. Even so, the Art Fair proved to invigorate the art world circuit this weekend and although most of the galleries where local or European there were both Latin-Americans artists and galleries present such as Colombia’s Casa Riegner and Instituto de Vision; Mexico’s Travesía Cuatro; Cuba’s Galleria Continua; Brazil’s A Gentil Carioca and Galería Nara Roesler, Casa Triangulo, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Vermelho among others. 

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The NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Fair in New York´s also celebrated it’s the fifth edition. It began on Thursday 5th at Piers 36´s Basketball City, just a day after the giant Frieze opened its doors.  It displayed its 108 booths to the public, transmitting an all-around feeling of a more playful environment in part due to the pieces bold and faux naïve demeanor. The fair, known for supporting emerging artists offers works that are more accessible than the sky-rocked prices in Frieze. Prices start at $500 and reach up to $25,000. Its sales were smoother and faster than in Frieze, and some pieces were snatched within minutes. A clear example that hits close to home was Guatemala’s Proyecto Ultravioleta’s stand, which showed the works of Japanese-born, New York-based Akira Ikazoe. Other Latin-American galleries present at the event were Arredondo/ Arozarena, from Mexico City; Páramo, from Guadalajara, Mexico and Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Dominican Republic. 

Both fairs clearly illustrate how the art market finds ways to accommodate to every collector’s need and although the overall external market isn´t at its peak, it still manages to maintain its grounds. 

By: Gabriela Martinez