The driving force behind New York’s annual arts week is Frieze New York, an international giant art fair which lands gently onto Randall’s Island, swathed in many soft layers of white nylon. With approximately ten art fairs in tow, the boroughs will be blooming with both perennial and inaugural art fairs. 

Frieze New York: May 9th-12th  Returning for its third installment, Frieze New York will host over 190 exhibitors around the globe, making the upcoming fair the company’s largest event to date. Frieze New York is one of the few fairs to focus on contemporary art and living artists. The focus on contemporary artists is also evident in Frieze Projects, New York, a program of talks and artist commissions presented at the fair. Like Frieze London, Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke temporary structure, suffused with natural light. The fair is located in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

Pulse: May 8th-11th Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has nurtured galleries and created an international community for them to grow within the contemporary art market. PULSE combines thoughtfully curated exhibitions with an evolving series of programming, which reflects the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one. Under the leadership of Helen Toomer, newly appointed director, PULSE Miami 2014 will present a revitalized platform for the discovery of contemporary art and will continue to demonstrate the fair’s commitment to the exchange of ideas from pioneering and seasoned artists.

NADA: May 8th-11th Founded in 2002, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art.  The international group of members includes both galleries (including non-profit spaces) and individuals (art professionals, independent curators, and established gallery directors). Dedicated to showcasing new art, NADA showcases new art, and celebrates emerging talent from around the globe.

cutlog NY: May 8th-11th Back by popular demand, cutlog NY maintains a French connection with New York by launching its second edition.  The Parisian-based fair focuses on cutting-edge and established galleries that promote the work of contemporary artists. By fostering new relationships between galleries, collectors and art institutions, cutlog NY continues to form a collaborative platform for building new perspectives on contemporary art. Over 50 galleries and curators will present art, installations, performances, talks, and films in a creative, architecturally designed environment which allows each art project to have its own identity and a unique art interaction with the public.

Collective 2 Design Fair: May 8th-11th Back for it’s second installment, Collective 2 is a design fair in New York that presents a curated selection of the best in contemporary and 20th-century design from an international range of emerging and established galleries. The fair is guided by a passionate group of designers, curators, gallerists and collectors who recognize the need for a commercial and educational platform celebrating design innovation. With like-minded exhibitors, exceptional programming and the avid support of the global creative community, Collective 2 presents a highly compelling vision of design today.

PooL Art Fair: May 9th-11th Inspired by the French tradition of Artists Fairs, starting from the famous 1863 Courbet’s Salon des Independents, (AKA Salon des Refusés) PooL is the premiere fair in the US dedicated to unrepresented artists.  The simple, modest approach of the PooL Art Fair offers an exciting alternative to the “Art Fair” experience for dealers and collectors as well as the general public. The first edition took place in 2000 under the title: New York Independent Art Fair.

Downtown Fair: May 8th-11th (NEW) The inaugural Downtown Fair, a new modern and contemporary art fair produced by the ownership team of Art Miami, opens its doors on May 8th in New York City. The fair will provide a fresh alternative to acquire important never-before-exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets in an intimate light. The versatile and rich selection of works on display will have a strong focus and representation of emergent talent, as well as mid-career cutting-edge artists, anchored by a fresh selection of secondary market works by top name artists from the Modern & Post-War eras.

SELECT Art Fair (NEW): May 8th -11th SELECT Fair debuted in Miami in 2011 with a dynamic roster of artist, galleries, special projects, and performances.  SELECT has continued to deliver thought-provoking shows in Miami and has expanded its curriculum by producing exhibitions in New York City as well.  SELECT prides itself on providing a unique platform to a wide range of galleries from around the world.  SELECT encourages all exhibitors to alter the existing “white booth”in order to appeal to the sensibility of the work being shown.

Outsider Art Fair: May 8th -11th The Outsider Art Fair was the first to give a voice to talented artists outside the mainstream, also known as “outsider artists.”  Today the fair still showcases those who create work that is “visionary, intuitive, primitive and self-taught in nature”—and while the fair has moved around over the years, many of its original dealers are still going strong. By jumping ahead in the calendar year from January to a May vernissage, Frieze Week welcomes another art fair member in its line up.

Salon Zurcher: May 5th-11th Already open. Zürcher Paris/NY is happy to announce the 7th edition of Salon Zürcher, taking place at Zürcher Studio in Lower Manhattan (which is in walking distance from The New Museum). Split between two galleries, Zürcher Paris/NY has hosted six “mini” art fairs, which have been major successes and garnered very positive media attention. Described by Hyperallergic as “an alternative and more intimate way to view emerging artists and galleries”, and by the New York Times as a “respite from [big art fair] chaos,” Salon Zürcher seeks to represent an emerging art world both inside and outside of New York City by providing an exciting and personable viewing experience.

Seven: May 2nd-11th Already open. Launched in 2010 by seven galleries from New York and London, this tiny art fair is a unique initiative committed to presenting artworks on their own terms. They invite new galleries and guests in both independent and institutional locations.  Held at The Boiler in Williamsburg, this hipster fair coincides nicely with Williamsburg 2nd Fridays and NYC Art Fair week.