An Art Weekend on the Lower East Side, NADA, Cutlog, Gallery Walk, New Museum Shows

Spring Art Fairs Converge on the L.E.S. This Weekend

Basketball City is being transformed for this weekend's NADA Art Fair. Photo: NADA's Facebook page.

Basketball City is being transformed for this weekend’s NADA Art Fair. Photo: NADA’s Facebook page.

The spring art fairs hit New York this week, as Frieze comes to Randall’s Island for a second year, and several satellite fairs pop up around town.  Cutlog, a new multi-media fair from Paris, has taken over the Clemente Soto Velez building; previews begin tonight.  They open to the public on Friday and run through Monday, May 13th.

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is coming to Basketball City this weekend and will be open to the public May 10 – 12.  It’s the first time the international fair will be on the Lower East Side (it was in Chelsea last year).  Heather Hubbs, Director of NADA, told us they decided to move the fair to the neighborhood for a few different reasons.

More Proof LES Gallery Scene is Thriving

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Montage by Kim Sillen Gledhill.

Editor’s note: This story was first published in the May 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.

When Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer opened Invisible Exports, their sliver of a gallery at 14 Orchard St. in 2008, they joined a handful of independent-minded dealers fleeing the sterility of Chelsea for a new art frontier on the Lower East Side. Five years later, having firmly established a reputation for cutting-edge–and often provocative–shows, they are preparing to move on from a street bursting with galleries; there are six of them in a one-block stretch above Canal Street. But these young dealers are not abandoning the LES; they’re negotiating for a larger space in a neighborhood that Needleman calls a “new force to be reckoned with in the art world.”

This month, the highly regarded New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) stages the sophomore edition of its New York art fair in the neighborhood, at Basketball City on Pier 36. At the same time, a French fair called Cutlog makes its American debut on the Lower East Side. And the New Museum, which helped set off the art stampede with its arrival on the Bowery in 2007, hosts Ideas City, a three-day conference and festival focused on urban issues.

Cutlog Reveals Participating Galleries, Partners For LES Art Fair

Photo by Daniel Greer.

Photo by Daniel Greer.

The art world descends on New York in early May for Frieze New York on Randall’s Island and several satellite art fairs, including two on the Lower East Side. One of those fairs, Cutlog, announced its exhibiting galleries and curated projects yesterday.  After four years in France, Cutlog is expanding to the U.S. with a May 10-13 debut at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (CSV).

About 40 galleries from around the world will be taking part, as well as other curators and partners who will present a diverse mix of art, installations, performances, publications, talks, and films.  Cutlog is also transforming the 13,000 square foot parking lot at CSV into a lively space for large-scale sculptures, music, films, and food tastings.  “Après Cutlog” will take place each evening from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. and will include a “new commission, ‘The Nightclub,’” encompassing “performances, live music and DJ performances.” 

Cutlog Prepares For Lower East Side Debut in May

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street. Photo credit: Cutlog.

Earlier this week, the organizers of Cutlog, the French art fair coming to the Lower East Side this spring, invited guests to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center for a preview.  The event, showcasing emeging art from around the world, will be held May 10-13 at the partially renovated Suffolk Street facility.

Co-director Guy Reziciner led a tour of the building, which recently received an exterior makeover (the interior renovation is still to come). Forty galleries – some from new York (including from the LES), others from overseas – will take part in Cutlog.  There will be an accompanying film festival and a sculpture garden in Clemente Soto Velez’s courtyard.