An Art Filled Weekend
If you are in New York this weekend, you will definitely not lack for things to do, especially if you like art. There is so much going on that I’m a little exhausted already but I still have two more exhibitions to see. Hope you can make it one or all but definitely wear comfortable shoes.
On Thursday, I ordered an Uber and headed to Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Fair. Hundreds of the world’s best modern and contemporary galleries have displayed their art offerings in a new open concept exhibition. As someone with a degree in art history focusing on 18th and 19th-century European art, I’m not as knowledgeable or interested in contemporary art which is exactly why I attend. I like to get out of my comfort zone and see new things. I always end up enjoying myself and the people watching is just as good as the art. I started to notice visitors who happened to match the art which I documented in my Instagram Stories which I saved to my Frieze Highlights. Frieze is accessible via special ferries and a buses outside the Guggenheim and runs through Sunday, May 6, 2018.
On Friday, I took a quick swing through TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, at the Park Avenue Armory. I should have given myself more time because the art, antiques, and jewelry were superb. The best dealers and galleries from Europe make it one of the best events of the year. I saw a lot of Pablo Picasso from his musketeers period, quite a few Lucio Fontano works, and many Josef Albers. Also on exhibit were some beautiful Pierre Bonnard paintings, a jaw-dropping Diego Giacometti staircase railing, ancient sculptures, and gorgeous jewelry from Taffin and Hemmerle. Even if you can’t afford anything, it’s a great place to train your eye and see pieces worthy of a museum. TEFAF runs though Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of touring the exhibition of the Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection coming up for auction at Christie’s. The sale of art, furniture, porcelain, and objects is expected to bring half a billion dollars for a group of charities selected by David Rockefeller. The blue chip art is fantastic but don’t miss the room with just a small selection of the porcelain dinner and dessert services the Rockefellers used on a daily basis. There are also less expensive items up for auction online. You need to make a reservation to view the Rockefeller collection this weekend.
On view at Sotheby’s this weekend are paintings from the upcoming Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art Day and Evening auctions. One of the highlights is Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) but I especially love this Eva Gonzalés painting Roses dans un Verre above. Exhibition viewings run through May 18, 2018.
I’m also hoping to make it to Cabana Curates at Galerie Kugel at 625 Madison Avenue. Over 100 works of art gave been selected by Cabana Magazine to create “an eclectic interior filled with one of a kind objects.” It is open daily from 11:00am to 6:0ppm through May 11, 2018.
Photos 1-3 by me.