Mad May: 10 Art Fairs in NYC


This week and next, expect a deluge of art, with TEFAF, Frieze and satellite exhibitions spread around the city, from TriBeCa to Chelsea to Manhattanville.

If the last two years represented a slow return and then full-on bounce back to prepandemic arts programming, the array of art fairs this May embodies something of a spring frenzy. Here’s a guide to our favorites, by neighborhood.

Each year the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), known for its expertise in art history, antiques and design, leaves the Netherlands for Manhattan. The fair, focused on modern and contemporary art and design, returns for its eighth New York edition at the Park Avenue Armory. Single-entry tickets are $55 ($25 for students); multiple-day entry tickets run $75. May 12-16 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, Manhattan;

The fair that focuses on American 19th and 20th century works is back for its 16th year with more than 400 landscapes, portraits, still lifes and sculptures on display by 17 exhibitors. Admission is free. May 13-16 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan;

Frieze, one of the world’s largest, priciest and most difficult-to-access fairs, is back at the Shed in Hudson Yards, this year with more than 65 galleries celebrating the creative spirit of New York City. The fair’s “Focus” section will also return, showcasing solo presentations from galleries that have been in operation for 12 years or less. Tickets are selling quickly, with many tiers already sold out. Entry to the Friday preview runs $129 per person. May 17-21 at the Shed, 545 West 30th Street, Manhattan; 212-463-7488,

Focus will bring together contemporary works of more than 35 galleries; this year’s theme centers on post-pandemic rebirth and the idea of art as a biosphere. General admission is $30 ($15 for students). May 18-21 at Chelsea Industrial, 535-549 West 28th Street, Manhattan;

The New Art Dealers Association, dedicated to the advancement of new artistic voices, will showcase works from 88 galleries, art spaces and nonprofit organizations, including 31 first-time exhibitors. A single-day ticket runs $55; multiday passes are $75. Discounted senior and student tickets are available on-site for $35 with proof of ID. May 18-21 at 548 West, located at 548 West 22nd Street, Manhattan; 212-594-0883,

The fair that highlights small art galleries and emerging and undersung players returns to Chelsea for its third in-person edition, with 54 local, national and international artists. A weekend pass runs $70; daytime general admission, $45. May 10-13 at Chelsea Industrial, 535 West 28th Street, Manhattan;

Clio, which bills itself as the anti-fair for independent artists, returns for its 14th edition. Tickets are free from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday start at $12. May 18-21 at 550 West 29th Street, Manhattan;

This year, the Basel-born Volta Art Fair will present more than 50 national and international galleries, including exhibitors from South Korea, Dublin and Ivory Coast. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $38 for general admission and $48 for a private viewing with VIP access and re-entry. May 17-21 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan;

Independent’s modestly scaled fair, which spotlights lesser-known and overlooked artists, is back in TriBeCa. Single-day tickets are $65, a three-day pass runs $90; tickets for students and seniors are $25. May 11-14 at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, Manhattan;

Now in its fourth year, the fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora will present 26 galleries from Africa, Europe and the United States, featuring work by more than 80 artists. This year, 1-54 is relocating to the Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem. General admission tickets are $20; a three-day ticket runs $50. May 18-21 at 439 West 127th Street, Manhattan;

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