If you live, or are visiting, NYC there are so many incredible exhibits opening today and tomorrow, I suggest you put on a pair of comfortable shoes and plan on visiting all, or at least one of the following. Not only will the art be inspiring and visually stimulating, the people watching is superb at these events. (So comfortable shoes, but still, you know, nice ones.)
Frieze New York. This art fair on Randall’s Island, which opens Friday and runs through the weekend, is good on so many levels—the art, the famous people you randomly spot looking to make purchases (Olympic snowboarder Shaun White one year), even the food stands and mini restaurants are worth spending a few hours of your day. Buy tickets before they sell out.
Commes des Garçons at Met Museum’s Costume Institute. I have been to a handful of Commes des Garçons shows (the bumps and gingham collection, Spring 97′ stands out in memory). Yes Rei Kawakubo’s idea of fashion is twisted and strange (and not super wearable, at least the runway pieces), but she is more of a visionary artist than a dressmaker. If you approach the exhibit with this in mind, you might be astounded how far-out-of-the-box this quiet, elusive woman can think.
TEFAF New York. This other modern and contemporary art and design fair at the Park Avenue Armory, is great because you not only get many of the city’s A list galleries exhibiting work, you also get international icons in the design world such as Axel Vervoordt. And lots of Park Avenue sorts, meaning people dress up more for this one.
top photo Paolo Roversi, courtesy Met Museum/Commes des Garçcons