New York’s spring art fairs have arrived

Time Out New York gives you the rundown on where to go and what they’re all about

NADA New York

This annual affair organized by the New Art Dealers Association includes a yearly edition in sunny Miami as well as one in New York, and features non-profits and small cutting-edge galleries as exhibitors. Among the latter are such familiar names to LES gallery hoppers as Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Eleven Rivington and Invisible-Exports, so expect art that's funky and fresh. Admission is free, which is always a plus.

  1. Pier 36 at Basketball City 299 South St, between Montgomery and Clinton Sts, 10001
  2. Fri May 9 - Sun May 11
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PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

With approximately 50 exhibitors this year (mostly from New York, but also from around the country and the world), PULSE is considerably smaller than either Frieze or the Armory Show, but is perhaps more manageable as a result. It's also centrally located in Chelsea, close enough to the galleries there that you can swing by and take in some additional shows after your visit to the fair.

  1. The Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th St, between Sixth and Seventh aves
  2. Fri May 9 - Sun May 11
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Downtown Fair

This show marks the inaugural presentation of the newest addition to New York's busy art-fair scene. The emphasis here is on both modern and contemporary art, with a premium on works that have never been previously exhibited. The fair is being mounted at 69th Regiment Armory, a storied location in the annals of art history: It's where the 1913 Armory Show scandalized New York audiences with Marcel Duchamp's painting Nude Descending a Staircase.

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Outsider Art Fair 2014

Since the first Outsider Art Fair some 21 years ago, interest in self-taught and folk artists has grown exponentially in the art world—so much so that the genre has had a major stylistic impact on many insider artists, including some with MFAs from the most important graduate programs in the country. The Outsider Art Fair remains the premier showcase for this category of work, with a reach that's become worldwide.

  1. Center 548 548 W 22nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Photograph: Graham Carlow

Frieze New York 2014

The tent-tastic London art fair on Randalls Island is back for its third New York edition. A global array of 190 galleries is setting up shop under a temporary structure overlooking the East River, designed by New York architects SO–IL. Six contemporary artists—Darren Bader, Eduardo Basualdo, Eva Kotátková, Marie Lorenz, Koki Tanaka and Naama Tsabar—have been commissioned to create site-specific works for the proceedings, which also include talks by artists and writers, and a special tribute to Allen Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel, an art project that the artist actually ran as a hotel over six weekends in 1971, at 7175 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

  1. Randall's Island
  2. Fri May 9 - Mon May 12
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