Art Weekend

There are a few weekends a year in NYC when art takes over the city.  There was the Frieze, Pulse, Collective 2 Design Fair, Contemporary Art Fair, Downtown Fair,  NADA, Outside Art Fair, Pool Art Fair, Salon Zurcher, The Satellite Show, Select Fair and Verge.  No I did not go to them all.  I just went to the Frieze and Pulse.  It was plenty for one day.   As my friend said there is nothing else but art that creates a reaction inside you without any engagement but your own.  So true.


I am going to share my highlights….and purchases.   Somehow my camera downloaded in a way that I am not exactly sure who each artist is and what gallery the were showing at but I will try.   I really like combination of frames and how they hang from the ceiling.  Minimalism to say the least.

bearThere were two bears at the show in two different galleries.  The artist is Eddie Peake.

squashYayoi Kusama was always represented in a few galleries.  This piece is roughly 400 lbs and about $1.4m.  It is pretty awesome.


I loved this piece by Yinka Shonibare.   Speaks volumes to conflict around the globe particularly in Africa with the bright colored clothing.

fistyellowI knew the gallery has to be from Cape Town the second I laid eyes on this piece walking down the far left aisle. Very powerful.

kickingThis piece just made me laugh.  The kicking legs with brightly colored hose.  Rockettes without bodies.

sea:bootsWe bought this piece by the artist Shimabaku.  It is called photograph wearing boots.  Man vs nature.

flowerpotThis piece also spoke to us by the artist Hassan Khan.   This and the ones above were at the Frieze.

cutoutpulseThe Pulse has a totally different vibe.  I really liked these cutouts by Thomas Witte.  All oriented around the pool life.


I bought this piece for my office as a comment on social media.

threepieces at apertuseI also got these three beautiful pieces from Aperture.

All and all a full day of art.  Hooked up with some other art obsessed friends for dinner and we got to discuss all the amazing pieces we saw and loved.  We even talked about going to Basel in Switzerland.  We will see if that is in my future.  It would certainly be fun.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Love the aperture pieces.My eye always goes to photography and I surround myself with it as much as I can.

  2. AG

    Do you have an art consultant? Any method to the way your grow your collection? Do you and Fred seek to agree on pieces?

    1. Gotham Gal

      No consultant. We tend to agree although there were some amazing pieces from the past he didn’t love and he is now sorry we didn’t buy them.

  3. pointsnfigures

    I guess you buy what you love, and don’t worry about if it appreciates in cost. I have been to several art shows-never really bought much. bought some pieces in santa fe I like. like it, don’t know enough that I am comfortable taking the risk-and don’t know what the heck I’d do if I wanted to get rid of it

    1. Gotham Gal

      secondary market is big.

      1. pointsnfigures

        Love art. Zero expertise. No idea even how to access or resell there. Live across from the Art Institute in Chicago so its fun to go there. My club features a new artist every month, and the school of the Art Institute is nearby, so I get exposure. Never pulled the trigger too many times though!

  4. Jen Bekman

    You honed in on some real gems, which is incredible considering the sensory overload of the fairs. Those B+Ws are by Bert Teunissen, a wonderful photographer + friend who we’ve done a few 20×200 editions with! Love the Shimabaku piece too, which I snapped a shot of when I visited on Friday:… Where is it going to live?

    1. Gotham Gal

      good question on where it is going to live 🙂