New York's Spring/Break Art Show, on view through 11 March, brings together more than 80 exhibitors from seven cities for its eighth edition. Though smaller in size than its previous iterations, and housed for the first time at the at the United Nations Plaza in Midtown overlooking the Trump Tower, the curtator-driven fair packs a compact but potent political punch. This year is centred on the theme “fact or fiction”, a theme that the founder Andrew Gori says continues to be relevant given recent events that call into question one version of reality versus another. He cites the high-profile and contested case of Jessie Smollet, the publicly scrutinised actor who was arrested last month in Chicago and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report for a hate crime he allegedly staged against himself in January. Gori says the fair is not “exclusively political, but extends to ideas around how perception and memory can become abstracted over time”. Here are our picks of some of some of the more politically nuanced—but still memorable—works at this year's fair.
What to see at New York's Spring/Break Art Show
Works in the 2019 edition of the fair aim to blur the lines between reality and perception
6 March 2019