NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

"Art School Entrance Exam No 3," by Li Lin

"Metamorphic Garden," by Fanni Futterknecht and Marianee Vlaschits

"See God," by Mark L. Power

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Elle and Dain

Elle and Dain

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

NADA stretch

NADA stretch

NADA photo-op

NADA photo-op

Waves at NADA

Waves at NADA

NADA Playboy

NADA Playboy

NADA:

NADA: "Eight Days a Weel," by Marko Maetamm

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

PSA at NADA

PSA at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "At the Juncture Of And In The," by Xaviera Simmons

Rope at NADA

Rope at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

"Unbelievable!" at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "Cigarettes," by Katherine Bernhardt

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

"The Show Is Over," by Christopher Wool and Felix-Gonxalez Torres

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

There were at least a dozen art and design fairs all over the city this past weekend, anchored by the glitzy-beyond-belief Frieze NYC on Randall’s Island, home of the $40,000 slab of torn blue packing foam and $16 burritos from (holla!) Mission Cantina.

But if dropping hedge-fund money on your living room decor (or, heck, even paying Frieze’s $50 entrance fee) isn’t really your scene, there were a couple of lower-key fairs on the Lower East Side with enough fresh and interesting stuff on hand to satisfy even the most jaded gallery-goer.

One of the largest “satellite fairs” was NADA, which for the second year in a row took over the massive Basketball City building across the FDR from the Vladeck Projects. Local spots like The Hole, Eleven Rivington, and Interstate were joined by an impressive gathering of some 90 galleries and institutions from all over America and Europe. And if the crowds seemed a bit sparse as compared to the hordes up-river at Frieze, well, so much the better for the casual art fan. That free admission price felt pretty good, too.

The other big LES fair was Cutlog, which filled the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on Suffolk Street. The Clemente is a terrific space for events like this: the former schoolhouse retains all of its quirky architectural details and the art wanders through classrooms, hallways, offices, and even closets. Each of the 50 exhibitors from all over the world (with a sizable local contingent) had to present an original project specific to the fair. The art here was the most consistently engaging of any of the fairs I visited all weekend. Definitely recommended for next year.