Sneak Preview: What to See at Art New York and CONTEXT New York

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  • May 01, 2016

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Joseph Raffael Joseph Raffael, Moving Toward the Light V, 2016, watercolor on paper, 39 x 56 inches
Nancy Hoffman Gallery

From May 3 through 8, Art New York and CONTEXT New York, premier international contemporary and modern fairs produced by Art Miami, will showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries at Pier 94.

Launching New York Art Week before Frieze New York opens and the major auction house previews, Art New York and CONTEXT New York will present the largest collection of art in Manhattan, including many neverbefore-exhibited, exclusive and highly anticipated projects and exhibitions.


“Pier 94 is not only an incredibly convenient location, but it attracts art collectors from New York City and beyond with its rich history of hosting the world’s best international art fairs,” said Art Miami LLC’s Executive Vice President Nick Korniloff. “This spring, the returning Art New York and inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York will present both experienced and new collectors with an unprecedented selection of international works from around the world.”

Directed by Katelijne De Backer, the second edition of Art New York will provide a fresh alternative to acquiring important, never-before-exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets.

Notable exhibitions include:

• Galerie von Vertes will showcase a never-before-seen 1947 Picasso piece Oiseau en Cage in addition to a $3.5 million piece by Gerhard Richter. Additionally, the gallery will exhibit Banksy’s Lenin on Rollerblades and the largest Victor Vasarely piece on the market today, Sans Titre, which measures 90 x 63 inches.

• Casterline Goodman Gallery will display an exclusive and never-before-seen piece by Yayoi Kusama worth over $1 million.

• ARCHEUS / POST MEDERN will exhibit a Mark Grotjahn Butterfly work, collected by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio. These prized Butterfly works are highly sought after as Grotjahn is no longer able to make them as a result of a skiing accident.

• From Singapore, iPreciation is presenting a solo exhibition of Gao Xingjian’s early and recent painting. Gao Xingjian is an important leading cultural figure who is much more than a painter as an accomplished and internationally recognized writer, playwright, director, painter and photographer who is the first Chinese to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

• Led by feminist legend and minority activist Bernice Steinbaum, The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, will pay homage to New York’s pigeons, comparing them to the complex, navigational and intelligent “New Yorker.” Notable works include Osprey and Weakfish, Paris, Showgirl and Wisdom.

• David Benrimon Fine Art will exhibit Superman by Andy Warhol, La Victoire de Samothrace by Yves Klein and Thinking Nude by Roy Lichtenstein.

• Flowers Gallery will host John Keane’s book signing for The Art of John Keane. • Gallery Delaive, a modern and contemporary gallery from Amsterdam, will showcase Hate My Head, Join the Chaos and Untitled 1953. • Wetterling Gallery will exhibit the female artists Pinar Yolacan and Nathalia Edenmont.

• Vallarino Fine Art will exhibit American abstract art dating back to 1903 including Gundrun by James Brooks, #8 Gridiron by Perle Fine and Terminal by Friedel Dzubas

• International gallery Waterhouse & Dodd will exhibit From Ashes by longtime Elton John lyricist and collaborator Bernie Taupin, Little Lamb by Doug Argue, and Falling Livers by Jean-François Rauzier.

• Smith Davidson will highlight works by Damien Hirst, the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. Internationally renowned, Hirst is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. Death is a central theme in his works. 

The inaugural CONTEXT New York fair, directed by Julian Navarro, is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists and is designed to generate meaningful dialogue among artists, galleries and collectors.

Art New York and CONTEXT New York, adjacent to each other at Pier 94, begin with an elegant, invitation-only VIP Preview event on Tuesday, May 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. The special preview offers collectors, art advisors, curators, and media the opportunity to examine and acquire the finest works available in the market before the fairs open to the public that evening, continuing through Sunday, May 8. The combined exhibition space of Art New York and CONTEXT New York will cover more than 200,000 square feet, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Hudson River. One-day passes are available for $40, multi-day passes for $75 and Senior/Students $25. To purchase tickets, please visit:

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