48 hours in New York
Our tips for an unforgettable stay in the Big Apple during Frieze Art Fair.
Constantly chasing the new and thirsting for glamour and gossip, New York buzzes in May with all the razzle dazzle of gallery openings and power lunches accompanying the Frieze Art Fair. It’s the perfect moment to rediscover the city!
This month a creative frenzy will sweep over the Big Apple, with fans of contemporary art descending in droves between 14 and 17 May on Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Fair. More than 190 galleries will be exhibiting their masterpieces alongside in situ installations by rising stars, and there’ll also be a new section, Spotlight, concentrating on 20th-century artists, particularly those who were active after the 1960s. Furthermore, the MoMA is inaugurating a major retrospective of Yoko Ono’s work, and there’s plenty to see in the commercial galleries too: David Zwirner will be showing works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama until June, while Frenchman Emmanuel Perrotin will unveil an impressive installation by the masters of the genre, Elmgreen & Dragset. The duo will also be showing on the High Line, next to which visitors will find the new Whitney Museum which opens on 1 May. While only a privileged few can attend the annual lunch put on by collector Peter Brant and his wife Stephanie Seymour to inaugurate the new hang at their contemporary-art foundation in Connecticut, the rest of us can visit it by appointment.
by Constance Breton
10.00 am: European breakfast
At Sant Ambrœus in Madison Avenue, leaning on the bar, you won’t fail to spot beautiful uptown girls and the big boys of the art world: Larry Gagosian is there every day at the same table, the first on the left as you go in.
Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus