NADA 2015 at Basketball City.
The fifth edition of NADA New York, an art fair showcasing emerging art from around the world, opens tomorrow evening at Basketball City.
The event is a production of New Art Dealers Alliance, an organization with strong representation among Lower East Side galleries. This year there are 105 exhibitors from 18 countries, and 28 project spaces.
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Between MVP galleries and rookies alike, NADA offers a glimpse of the young, experimental side of the international contemporary art world, and perhaps a taste of what will be at Frieze or Art Basel next year. The youthful vibe extends to the soundtrack; this year NADA will feature invited artists Michael Bauer, Melissa Brown, Andrew Kuo, Denise Kupferschmidt, Michael Mahalchick, Annie Pearlman, and Ben Vida on the decks spinning records from 2pm and 4pm daily. Taking inspiration from its location, NADA also offers the NADA Hoops Know Wave 3-on-3 Streetball Tournament: with pick-up basketball games on Thursday and Friday on a court designed by artist Michael Genovese, culminating in a tournament on Saturday. You can also pick up an artist-designed limited-edition basketball by Tyson Reeder.
NADA New York is open at Basketball City (Pier 36):
Thursday, May 5; 4-8 p.m.
Friday, May 6; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 7; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, May 8; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Complimentary shuttle service will be operating daily between Basketball City and the New Museum, 235 Bowery, beginning at noon. Tickets cost $20. More info here.
This past weekend, collectors flocked to Basketball City on Pier 36 where NADA, the New Art Dealers Association, held its second New York City fair. The New York Times called it NADA’s “best home yet.” Tim Schreier checked out many of the 70 galleries, a lot of them LES-based, and offers the slide show you see here.
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.
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.