New York, arguably the epicenter of the art world, plays host to huge annual art events. At these fairs and expositions, visitors view thousands of contemporary artworks by big names as well as up-and-comers. These events are rich cultural experiences, and most also allow art buyers to seek out their next big investment. If you plan to attend one of these events, here’s the EmpireCLS guide to traveling in style to the best of New York’s art fairs.
Whitney Biennial, Meatpacking District, TBA 2016
The Whitney Biennial is one of the most famous—and frequently most controversial—art events in the world. Art aficionados and insiders from around the world know that if you want to stay savvy about upcoming art trends and issues, the Biennial is a can’t-miss event.
Dates for the 2016 Whitney Biennial are yet to be announced, but we do know the event will take place at the Whitney Museum’s brand-new downtown location in the Meatpacking District. Close to the High Line Park and the Chelsea galleries, this will be a prime location for visitors who want to explore the trendiest areas of Manhattan. Avoid the crowded subway by arranging travel with EmpireCLS, and arrive with enough style to rival the neighborhood.
Frieze New York, Randall’s Island, May 14-17, 2015
Manhattan isn’t the only island worth visiting. Nestled between Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, Randall’s Island is the urban oasis you’ve never heard of. Every year, this island park, traversed by pedestrian and bike trails, hosts hundreds of events, including the Frieze New York Fair.
Frieze New York Fair is hosted annually by Frieze Magazine, a leader in contemporary art news and thought. Here, you’ll find an enormous open-air art show featuring work by cutting-edge artists.
By car, Randall’s Island is accessed by the Triborough Bridge. If you plan to visit, avoid dealing with unexpected traffic jams—it’s New York City, after all. Arrange transportation with EmpireCLS. Our trained chauffeurs will safely navigate you to the island, and, in case of a necessary detour, our fleet is equipped with the technology to plan an alternate route.
Art Dealers Association of America Art Show, Upper East Side, TBA 2016
The most luxurious of Manhattan’s art shows has to be the Art Dealers Association of America Art Show. For serious art buyers with an interest in contemporary art, this show is an opportunity to snatch up works from artists sponsored by leading galleries, and the preview gala allows art lovers to mingle and network before the official opening of the show.
The show takes place every year at the Park Avenue Armory, in the Upper East Side, a neighborhood synonymous with luxury and style. Keep the upscale mood and avoid the tourist-trap fees of garage parking at the same time: Take an EmpireCLS car to the show, and don’t skip nearby Museum Mile, where you can see breathtaking classic works of art at the Met and the Frick.
Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, June 5-7, 2015
The most recent addition to the New York art event roster, that’s also gained the most traction, is Bushwick Open Studios, a three-day exhibition by young and experimental artists from the nearby Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick.
For unusual and adventurous art by the students and art world outsiders who have flocked to Brooklyn, Bushwick Open Studios is a must-see event. It also gives art investors an opportunity to see works by artists who might become the next big name in the art industry.
Though Bushwick has come a long way from the bleak industrial landscape it once was, the area has few subway stops and still has a dicey reputation. The chauffeurs at EmpireCLS put our guests’ security first and will ensure your safe arrival and departure. Furthermore, some Manhattan taxi drivers will refuse to take you to Brooklyn, but EmpireCLS will take you anywhere you like.
An art fair tour of New York City doesn’t have to involve hailing cabs, suffering the subway or walking for miles. By reserving a car with EmpireCLS through our online reservation system, you can travel from hotel to art show to dinner with the utmost assurance of security and service that EmpireCLS is known more. For more information on our history, team and fleet, visit our homepage at http://empirecls.wpengine.com.
photo credit: Charline von Heyl at the Whitney Biennial via flickr