Pelham's Guide to New York Art Week

The first week of May sees New York turn into a hub of international art, as Frieze Art Fair, 1-54 and TEFAF bring over 300 galleries to the city

Here is a selection of unmissable galleries and artists that stood out across the three fairs.







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2018 marks the 6th edition of Frieze New York, which launched in 2012. Taking place at Randall's Island Park, the fair has brought together 190 galleries now with a fresh layout, new curators and programmes.


This edition also includes the launch of the Frieze Artist Award, curated by Adirenne Edwards. The Award is an international open call for an emerging artist to realise a major site-specific work during the fair. Kapwani Kiwanga is the first winner of the award, creating a structure using Shade Cloth, a material used for large-scale farming on the African continent.


Gallery Hyundai



Soeul based gallery, Gallery Hyundai have presented a variety of diverse artists from the Korean art scene of the 1970s. The works shown are experimental and monochrome, with the intention of exploring traditional Korean spirituality and immemorial history.


Featuring artists Minjung Kim and Lee Kang-So, amongst others, whose work can be found at Booth E1 in the Main section.


Waddington Custot



Waddington Custot are showing contrasting works by two different artists; sculptor, Jedd Novatt and painter, Peter Halley.


The American sculptor, Jedd Novatt, creates structures that intend to question notions of space. These investigate into juxtapositions of heavy industrial metals that create seemingly light and open forms, appearing almost on the verge of collapse but in reality are sturdy and strong.


Peter Halley’s brilliantly coloured geometric paintings are known as an early example of the Neo-Geo movement. Although bright and colourful, these works are meant to act as a critique of the mass globalisation, commercialism, and digitalisation of modern life – the simple horizontal and vertical lines representing a barred window from a prison cell.


Waddington Custot are located at Booth F1


Paul Kasmin



New York City native, Paul Kasmin Gallery, will be showing a spotlight selection of works by Tina Barney alongside a curated group exhibition including work by Saint Clair Cemin, Max Ernst, Walton Ford, Roxy Paine, Elliott Puckette, Bosco Sodi, Theodora Allen and Barry Flanagan.


Tina Barney is well-known for her large-scale photographic portraits is esteemed figures from the arts. These works were taken between 1998 and 2011 for publications such as a The New Yorker, Vogue and W Magazine, most of which have not been exhibited.


A leaping hare by the Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan is also on show in the booth, its figure in Flanagan’s signature elongated style.


The Paul Kasmin booth can be found at E4 (near south entrance).


Mendes Woods DM


A wide-range of international artists has been presented by Mendes Woods DM. These artists are Deyson Gilbert, Paloma Bosque , Patricia Leite, Daniel Steegmann Mangrane, Solange Pessoa, Paulo Nazareth, Sonia Gomes and Adriano Costa. The gallery was founded in 2010 and has spaces in São Paulo, Brussels New York.


Sônia Gomes’s colorful free-standing and hanging sculptures, made of fabric, thread, and wire, call upon the heritage of her hometown Caetanópolis, considered the center of Brazil’s textile industry. Gomes considers the materials she uses to have sacred quality, with the cloth to be her sculpture’s skin.


Adriano Costa’s sculpture is also on show at the Mendes Woods DM booth. Costa, a Brazilian artist from São Paulo, refers to the legacy of geometric abstraction, updating these movements for a contemporary Brazil. His work also has traces that allude to the remnants of colonialism.


Mendes Woods DM are located at C8.


303 Gallery


Established in 1984 by owner and director Lisa Spellman, 303 Gallery takes its name from 303 Park Avenue South. The name also refers to Alfred Stieglitz’s “Intimate Gallery” artists-collaborative located in Room 303 of the Anderson Galleries building


303 will be showing works by Alicja Kwade, Mary Heilmann, Marina Pinsky and Jacob Kassay, among others.


Russian artist, Marina Pinsky mixes the techniques of both digital and analogue photography, using the medium as a means to establish a relational mode between virtual and physical worlds. The images she creates involves objects and scenarios that have been fabricated specifically to be photographed


The 303 Gallery booth can be found at B4.


1-54 Art Fair


1-54 is an international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora with annual editions in London, New York and as of this year, Marrakech.


Gallery 1957



Accra-based Gallery 1957 will be presenting a solo booth by Ghanaian artist, Gideon Appah, who has transformed the space into a replication of his Grandmother’s house, using old family photo-albums and half-memories as reference material.

Growing up in a large family, the works are reflective of a life characterised by strong emotional bonds, religious activities and folklore. Through nostalgic blues, deep green landscapes and charcoal, his dreamlike compositions place typical domestic interiors from 1980s and 90s Ghana against surreal landscapes.


Tyburn Gallery


Tyburn Gallery is dedicated to international contemporary art, exhibiting and championing established artists and younger talents from a global range of evolving art scenes, with Africa and its diaspora as a point of departure. Tyburn will be showing works by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Sethembile Msezane, Moffat Takadiwa and Taiye Idahor.


Born and based in Lagos, Nigeria, Idahor traces her heritage to the ancient empire of Benin City, whose history and iconography she references in her practice. Working within media as diverse as sculpture, collage, drawing, and installation, she explores layers of themes which are simultaneously universal and intimate, expressing female and African identity within the broader contexts of history, tradition and globalisation.




Founded by art dealers in 1988 and run as a non-profit foundation, TEFAF has a proud history of showcasing masterpieces in every category of fine art – from antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting, works on paper and 20th century design. 






Founded in 1893, Hemmerle is a fourth generation family run house. Today, Christian Hemmerle runs the business his great-grandfather established along with his wife Yasmin and parents Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle. 2018 marks Hemmerle’s 125th anniversary, which will be being celebrated throughout 2018.


Their works can be found at Historic Room 13.


Paul Kasmin


As well as Frieze, Paul Kasmin Gallery will also be showing works at TEFAF by François-Xavier Lalanne and Helen Frankenthaler (both pictured) as well as Milton Avery, William N. Copley, Barry Flanagan, Walton Ford, David Hockney, Lee Krasner, Claude Lalanne and Robert Motherwell.


Visit them in Historic Room No.5.