Premier International Contemporary and Modern Fairs Launches New York Art Week with VIP Preview

At the opening of Art New York and CONTEXT New York, artist and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody showcased his second series of paintings “Hooked.” His opening was attended by actor and producer Robert De Niro, actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio, director and producer Brett Ratner, actress and talk show host Raven-Symone, retired New York Giants player and television host Michael Strahan and designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, who all came to view Brody’s exhibit.

Actress and model Brooke Shields, songwriter and artist Bernie Taupin, America’s Next Top Model, Xiomi Frans-Cuber, all-time leading scorer for the New York Rangers and Hockey Hall of Famer, Rod Gilbert, alongside founder of Art New York Nick Korniloff and Katelijne De Backer and Julian Navarro, directors of the art fairs, were also on hand at the VIP Preview to view other works such as Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary’s solo exhibition “Irreconcilable Images” and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis’ participation in “Corners of New York” exhibition.

The exclusive VIP Preview also drew art world luminaries such as world-renowned kinetic artist Yaacov Agam, New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, art consultant Kim Heirston, jewelry entrepreneur Janet Goldman, fine art consultant and collector, Michel Witmer.

Art New York, along with the debut of its sister fair, CONTEXT New York, returned for the second year yesterday on May 3 at Pier 94 with a VIP Preview event attracting nearly 5,500 art world enthusiasts and members of the media. The two highly-anticipated fairs showcased artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries, effectively launching New York Art Week, the pinnacle of New York’s art and cultural season.

Invited guests were able to experience the fairs prior to the public, and see the world’s finest works available to the market from both the 20th and 21st centuries. They enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres during the VIP Reception by Butterfield Market and signature cocktails created for the event, including the Art New York Margarita and CONTEXT Lemonade. Sponsors for the event included VOSS Artesian Water, New York Academy of Art, Langham Place, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Museum and more.

The opening saw tremendous success in sales, foreshadowing continued high sales for the remainder of the week. Top artwork purchased at Art New York includes The Flower series by Suh Joeng Min from JanKossen Contemporary, Lucky Koi and Impressionist Fish from Adrien Brody’s “Hooked” series in conjunction with Benrimon Projects and The Corners of New York commissioned and curated by Joe Ficalora, the founder of The Bushwick Collective, and presented by Tansey Contemporary of Santa Fe. Proceeds from this installation benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation. CONTEXT New York’s sales include Paint and Masha Laughs by Vladimir Semenskiy from Gallery 11.12, and Foundling and Infanta by Lisa Wright from Coates and Scarry Gallery, Safety Device by Gale Hart and Mirage by Elis Gudmann from Ten Contemporary, Petit Four by Pat Lasch from Accola Griefen Gallery and Old Man II by Miaz Brothers at Fabien Castanier Gallery.

Launching prior to Frieze New York and the major auction house previews, Art New York and CONTEXT New York presents the largest collection of art in Manhattan, including many never-before-exhibited, exclusive and highly-anticipated exhibitions. The fairs not only display an unprecedented selection of works from around the world, but also include programs by internationally known curators, informative interactive booths, and discussion panels featuring prominent art influencers.

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About CONTEXT New York

The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York will take place May 3 - 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair will join Art New York at Pier 94, located on the Hudson River at 12th Avenue at 55th Street. A VIP Private Preview will kick off art week in New York City on Tuesday, May 3, before Frieze's opening. CONTEXT New York and Art New York will be open to the general public, May 4 - 8. CONTEXT New York will provide collectors with a leading alternative fair to acquire important works of contemporary art.

Like its hugely successful sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami, which launched during Miami Art Week in 2012, CONTEXT New York’s open atmosphere will create meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for the presentation of mid-career, emergent and cutting-edge talent by emerging and established galleries. The fair will feature eighty international galleries, vetted by the CONTEXT Selection Committee. CONTEXT New York will provide a unique and alternative opportunity for leading primary dealers and their artists to be marketed and promoted internationally during one of the most important weeks for contemporary art in New York City.

Art Art Miami LLC is a preeminent art fair organization that annually produces: Art Miami, CONTEXT and Aqua Art Miami in December; Art Wynwood in Midtown Miami over President's Day Weekend; New York City's CONTEXT in March and Art New York Fair in May; Art Southampton in July; and Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco in October. Art Miami LLC is a partnership consisting of art and media industry veterans Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler.

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