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Best of Spring/Break: Trump Comics, Disco Queens, and Alcoholtopia

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

At first it was sort of sad that for this year’s rendition, Spring/Break Art Show had traded its eccentric, labyrinthine location inside a disused section of the historic James A. Farley Post Office in Chelsea for an actual office space. But when the elevator doors opened on the 23rd floor of the Condé Nast building in Midtown, the switch-up immediately made so much sense–because, let’s be real, an artist-led hostile takeover of corporate America is exactly what we need right now (even it it’s just for a few days).

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16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa, Afronova Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s pretty screwy that here, now, in the year 2016 many people still have a hard time grasping that Africa is an incredibly diverse continent home to vastly different cultures, languages, landscapes, and art traditions. Thankfully, we have things like the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (held May 6 through 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook) at our fingertips to keep us in the know about the incredible (and, ahem, marketable) art work coming out of the 54 countries on the African continent.

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21 Way Cool Things We Saw at Frieze Art Fair

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you made it to Frieze New York this weekend, chances are pretty slim that you managed to see everything the elite art fair had to offer, including more than 200 booths dedicated to “the world’s leading galleries” (or so the fair boasts), countless individual art works, installations, roving performances, and outdoor displays. Between the enormous octopus tentacles, the ultra-defensive IRL Soylent reps, and the live donkey, there simply weren’t enough hours in the fair’s four-day span (or alcohol in their refrigerators) to do so.

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How to See Art During Armory Weekend and Still Afford to Eat

(Via Spring/Break Art Show / Facebook)

(Via Spring/Break Art Show / Facebook)

Armory weekend is upon us y’all, and you know what that means– if you’re gonna hoof it to the West side to get cultured and not just slammed at the after parties (which is perfectly alright, too) it’s best to have some idea of where you’re headed, and we’re guessing it’s probably not going to be in the direction of those $45 Armory tickets. Hoo boy. No, thank you. Besides, there’s plenty else going on that’s not gonna nuke your wallet.

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Here’s Where LES and Brooklyn Will Be During Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2015

By Cary Leibowitz.

By Cary Leibowitz.

It’s once again Miami Art Week, that rare time when you can escape the city without the slightest bit of FOMO. Because, after all, pretty much every Lower East Side gallery (and some North Brooklyn ones, too) will be posting up and partying down. Survey this year’s rundown of where to find NYC in the MIA, below, and you’ll notice some interesting developments: Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right is flying down and popping up, Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos is curating a poolside series, and there are a couple of whole new fairs this year, X Contemporary and Satellite, from co-founders of the now defunct Select fair. That’s just the start of it, so read on. We’ll be adding to this list as more intel pours in.
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There’s NEWD and Nude Weekend, But Only One Involves a Human Display Case

(Photo: Brooklyn Wildlife)

(Photo: Brooklyn Wildlife)

Bushwick Open Studios is upon us once again and leave it to an event of this magnitude — really though, a decade in, BOS is like post-post-post blown up at this point — to spawn a bunch of auxiliary commercialized, money-making ventures as well as some wacky, well, outside-the-mainstream artistic endeavors. This year, to help you avoid any confusion that might arise, we’re going to draw some abundantly clear lines in the sand between the Newd Art Show (what director and co-founder Kate Bryan calls “a small, digestible art fair” that “aims to invigorate the fair model”) and something called Nude Weekend. To peak your interest, let’s just say only one of these events features a “human display case.”

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Three to See During Frieze Week: NADA, African Art, and a Design Fair

'Untitled,' photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

‘Untitled,’ photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

If there’s anything to say about Frieze that speaks to the massive annual art fair as a whole is that it’s wholly impossible to see everything. Last year, there were 190 participating art dealers from all over the globe. And that’s just at Frieze alone. What’s more the art fair brings so many art people into the city and out of their studios in “far-flung” neighborhoods to Manhattan, that several satellite festivities coincide with the event in places other than the Frieze tent. So take your pick and get ready for two parts shmoozing and feigning interest and one part legitimate enthrallment!

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Our Miley Moment, and 99 Other Images From Art Basel and Miami Art Week

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For me, Peak Basel came sometime around midnight Saturday, when a young man toting a volume of F. Scott Fitzgerald strolled into Nobu flanked by a pair of semi-naked women with disco-ball pasties and lampshades for heads; the dining room burst into adoring applause as the trio briefly presented itself to a corner booth occupied by Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
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Where to Find the LES and Brooklyn at Art Basel and Miami Art Week

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

It’s time once again to blast Modest Mouse’s “Florida,” pack your whites and jet south for Miami Art Week. This year, the ever-growing phalanx of fairs will include newbs like Zones and Auto Body, where some of downtown’s finest provocateurs will do their thing. The avalanche of art can be overwhelming, but with plenty of NYC galleries in the mix (Bushwick’s Signal and the LES’s Home Alone 2 are just a couple that are doing boozy hotel pop-ups), there’s no need to leave your comfort zone. We’ve rounded up all the LES, East Village, and North Brooklyn galleries who’ll be at the fairs, and (at the bottom of the page) at various pop-ups, performances and parties.
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3 Art Fests: Spy into Studios Or Openly Admire an Edward Snowden Statue

(Photo: Brian Wagner)

(Photo: Brian Wagner)

Greenpoint Open Studios
Oct. 3-5, various locations in Greenpoint
Greenpoint’s yearly studio crawl hasn’t quite reached the frenzy of its Bushwick counterpart, but it’s growing. This year, after the Oct. 3 opening party at Dirck the Norseman, 265 artists will open their studio doors to show off their painting, jewelry, ceramics, video art, photography, sculpture, and more. Keep Reading »

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Didn’t Make It to NADA or Cutlog? Here’s a Fairly Comprehensive Tour

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.
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Lee Ranaldo Is Working On the Scorsese-Jagger HBO Pilot About ’70s NYC

Somewhere in Oslo, by Lee Ranaldo. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Somewhere in Oslo, by Lee Ranaldo. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Okay, so that phonebook carving of Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t the only highlight of last night’s Select Fair preview: over at Kingston-based One Mile Gallery’s booth — wedged between a model made by the amazing Mark Hogencamp of Marwencol and some paintings created by a dog — we got to chat with Lee Ranaldo about his art, also on display.
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