Last week, The HighBoy hosted the lively Opening Night Reception at Metro Curates in New York, NY, in which nearly 30 galleries displayed artworks following this year’s theme: “No Borders, No Boundaries.” Metro Curates’ affinity for collecting across genres is exactly why the show was a perfect partner for The HighBoy.
If you were unable to attend this year, the show and its presenting galleries should definitely be on your radar now. Metro Curates does just that: curates. “We believe that the new name best reflects the curatorial aims of the fair,” says Fair Director Caroline Kerrigan. “Last year, we asked each of the participating galleries to create a booth based on a single artist or themed exhibit of works. From their enthusiastic response, as well as from fair attendees, we believe that Metro Curates best exemplifies the mission of the fair—to present singular viewpoints among exhibitions that cross genres in unexpected ways.”
The show—now in its fourth year—is unlike typical art or antique fairs in its selection of eclectic galleries and intimate setting. While the galleries’ offerings of folk and outsider art are diverse—from the black-and-white photography of Vivian Maier and antique carousel horses to historical indigenous textiles and animal sculptures made from unconventional mediums (pencils and kitchen supplies)—they are all juxtaposed beautifully with thematic ties that celebrate cultural heritage and revere eccentricity.
“From the outset our aim has been to illustrate the intellect, beauty, and vision in American arts and design, while placing it in a context that is both more contemporary and international,” says Ms. Kerrigan.
Photography by: Annie Watt.