May 3 – 8, 2016

Six Days, Two Art Fairs, Twenty-Three Thousand Visitors

As the 2016 editions of Art New York and CONTEXT New York came to a close on Sunday, May 8, at Pier 94 in Manhattan, both fairs were highly recognized for the outstanding quality of the artwork shown. Together, the fairs drew more than 5,500 art world luminaries, journalists, and high-profile celebrities for its opening VIP Preview on May 3, as well as 23,500 total guests throughout the entirety of the week. With over 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries, visitors were inspired by an array of never-before-seen artwork, special exhibits, art talks, and solo exhibitions, including presentations by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody and Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for the second edition of Art New York and even more pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from collectors and art enthusiasts,” said Katelijne De Backer, director of Art New York. “The excellence of the works on display, the selection of galleries, and the layout of the fair continues to be unsurpassed, further establishing Art New York as the preeminent fair at which to view and acquire works from the 20th and 21st centuries.”

As the first fairs to kick off Art Week, Art New York and CONTEXT New York displayed important artworks from leading international galleries for both veteran and new art collectors seeking to experience a carefully-curated, rich-in-content demonstration of the best in the global contemporary art market. While Art New York featured a strong mix of works from the secondary and primary markets, CONTEXT New York showcased the talent of cutting-edge, emerging and mid-career artists with an open atmosphere to create meaningful dialogue.

“The variety and quality of the artists and galleries offered at the inaugural CONTEXT New York sparked a lot of conversations. We continue to dedicate ourselves to bringing fresh new talent straight from the studio and mid-career artists to the fair, as well as the curated solo projects and public programs. There was much to discover for both seasoned art collectors and those interested in starting a collection. We were proud to introduce CONTEXT to the New York market alongside Art New York, which has become a must-see event during the pinnacle of the art and cultural season in Manhattan,” said CONTEXT director Julian Navarro.