Great art (if you’re in NYC) and intriguing reads not to be missed in next few weeks….
Frieze Art Fair and TEFAF: Modern and Contemporary Art & Design. Both are the first weekend in May and I go not only to see the art and try to get a bit more educated but also to people watch (which can be superb). These fairs represent the finest dealers in the world—London’s White Cube Gallery and Antwerp’s Axel Vervoordt and many others are at TEFAF. I can’t tell you exactly who will be at Frieze, but it is always worth hoofing it to Randall’s Island. Just buy tickets early. They sell out.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. The New York Times had a separate section/excerpt of her book (very rare), and it was strange (it is a about a woman in prison) but compelling. I read Kushner’s novel, The Flame Throwers, loved it and highly recommend it. While the topic of The Mars Room feels off-center for my taste, based on her previous work, I’m willing to give a try.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. Again, another excerpt (this time in Vogue) made me want to read more. This is a true story of Clementine, a refugee who fled the Rwandan massacre at the age of six with her 15-year-old sister. Together they traveled for six years through seven African countries and finally arrived in the U.S. She eventually graduated from Yale. Wamariya isn’t looking for anyone’s pity, she wants to tell her story. I found what little I read riveting.