Art-digest with the best exhibitions and art-fairs this week in NYC (May 9-15, 2022)

The first week of art-fairs is finishing, the next big one is coming up. But this week we still have the big choice of amazing exhibitions.


1. Jean Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, till June 20th.



The exhibition is curated by Jean-Michel Basquiat family members. This exhibition has over 200 rare paintings and never seen before art pieces painting, drawings, artifacts, reflecting details of his personal life and artistic endeavors. “We wanted to bring his work and personality forward, in a way only his family can, for people to immerse themselves in. We want this to be an experiential and multi-dimensional celebration of Jean-Michel’s life.”…. – Lisane Basquiat.


Address: 601 West 26th St, NY, NY 10001 (entrance on 27th st)


2. TEFAF New York Spring, till May 10


photo by tefaf.com

The first in-person TEFAF's event since March 2020 before lockdown. The European Fine Art Fair presents blue-chip paintings, sculptures and spectacular interior design ideas and galleries. The current fair includes 91 galleries from 14 countries, with 13 new galleries participating in this edition.


Address: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10065


3. The American Art Fair, May 14-May 17


The exhibition is focused on American art including Mexican and Latin art of 19th and 20th centuries. More than 400 landscapes, portraits, still lives, studies, and sculpture will be exhibited by 17 premier specialists.


Address: Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, NY, NY


4. The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures, till December 2025



The New York Public Library’s Treasures showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the NYPL collection. Remarkable as Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, manuscript draft fragment of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, the toys that belonged to the real-life Christopher Robin and inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and more...


The address: 476 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York


5. Whitney Biennial, till September 5th



The Whitney Biennial has surveyed the landscape of American art, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation, since 1932. The eightieth edition of the landmark exhibition is co-curated by David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, and Adrienne Edwards, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs. Titled Quiet as It’s Kept, the 2022 Biennial features an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of 63 artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today.


The address: 99 Gansevoort Street NY, NY 10014


Art-digest by Daria Mudrova