5 Art Shows to Attend this Spring in New York

It is finally spring in New York City! With the cherry blossoms in bloom and the snowbirds returning we can feel the energy and buzz filling the city streets. Much like a peacock flaunting its full plume the artists and curators are eager to display their beautiful works and exhibitions for all to admire.

Top cultural institutions and event spaces around Manhattan are hosting shows full of treasures to discover. With so much on offer this season, you're sure to find inspiration and take home a new piece for that blank space on your wall.

No matter what art you like, these shows have something for everyone.

1. Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

Dates: Now through July 7, 2024
Venue: Great Hall, 1st Floor, Brooklyn Museum
Tickets: Public and Member tickets available

Music moguls Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys exude big personalities, and their art collection is no different.

"Giants" presents larger-than-life works from their renowned holdings. Wander amongst icons like Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Lorna Simpson. Be in awe of Derrick Adams' monumental installations, sure to stimulate "giant conversations" on society.

Don't miss Brooklyn's own Meleko Mokgosi either. His largest piece to date takes up considerable real estate in the Grand Hall.

Keys and Beatz understand, as native New Yorkers, the importance of "artists supporting artists." This exhibit showers support on masters both established and emerging

2. Frieze New York 2024

Dates: May 1-5, 2024
Venue: The Shed, NYC
Tickets: Available on Frieze website

Frieze New York 2024 promises exciting discoveries at The Shed. Visitors can immerse themselves in works by emerging stars alongside icons from galleries like the Gagosian and White Cube. If you’re lucky maybe you’ll sneak a peek of rising star, curator Sophie Cohen!

Don’t miss Hauser & Wirth’s booth as they will spotlight influential multimedia pioneer Joan Jonas. New York born and bred, Jonas embraces performance art with one of her memorable series being “Mirror Piece”, where a line of dancers walking slowly in a single file line with mirrors (obscuring the dancers themselves) directly facing into the audience. We await eagerly to see her newest work! Emerging stars will shine at 303 Gallery featuring unexpected new voices. Jerry Saltz has declared Lisa Spellman of 303 Gallery as “one of the greatest New York gallerists of our time”. Their current exhibit of metallic balloons by Danish artist Jeppe Hein is playful and cute.

Frieze’s Focus introduces underrecognized talent across Matthew Brown Gallery's explorations of abstraction and Kapp Kapp's historical curation of envelope pushing artists.

Collectors and art lovers will find inspiration through global perspectives and the vibrant energy of the city.

3. TEFAF New York

Dates: May 10-14, 2024
Venue: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY
Tickets: $55 (1 day), $75 (multiple days), $25 (students)

Tefaf New York presents masterworks spanning centuries. Galleries from around the world install exceptional pieces amongst the landmark's Corinthian columns and vaulted ceilings.

Milan's Galleria treats art enthusiasts to a whole room full of delicious frescoes and sculptures by Neoclassical portraitist Luigi Crespi. His paintings of children and adults are delight and must be seen up close.

Zurich's Galerie Eva Presenhuber illuminates emerging European talents in painting and drawing. Recent artists have included Austin Eddy, with his whimsical visual poems, and Chase Hall, who uses coffee as a pigment on his cotton canvases.

Tefaf Online further engages virtual visitors. This prestigious fair cultivates appreciation for artistic vision on a grand scale, proving New York is the ideal stage.

4. Reclaiming the Spotlight: The Life and Legacy of Anna May Wong

Date: April 18, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), NYC
Cost: Free

A panel talk celebrating the legendary actress Anna May Wong featuring biographers Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Yunte Huang, and Katie Gee Salisbury. Each author will discuss their book chronicling Wong's pioneering career and impact.

The event provides an opportunity to learn about Anna Wong's journey from Chinatown laundress to Hollywood icon as well as her fight against racial stereotypes.

Virtual participation is also offered for those unable to attend in person.

This event at MOCA promises insightful perspectives on Anna May Wong's trailblazing life and legacy from established writers in the field

5. Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio

Dates: April 12 - October 20, 2024
Venue: The Morgan Library & Museum
Tickets: Adults: $25, 65+: $17, Students: $13, Children 12 and under: Free, Disabled
Visitors: $13

Renowned wildlife artist Walton Ford brings his glowing menagerie to the historic halls of The Morgan. His backgrounds blend realism and dreamscape to transport viewers alongside the animals.

Discover how legends like Audubon and Delacroix influenced the celebrated American painter. Later artists like Marisa Morán Jahn also carry on this expressive tradition, blending mastery and message.

The Morgan enhances the experience with works from its own collection. Spend an afternoon lost in Ford's lush tapestries celebrating the natural world's beauty and humanity's impact upon it.