Your Go-To Guide for Art Fairs During Armory Week 2016

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Li Hongbo, Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day at the SCAD Museum of Art. Photo: Marc Newton, courtesy Klein Sun Gallery.
Li Hongbo, Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day at the SCAD Museum of Art. Photo: Marc Newton, courtesy Klein Sun Gallery.

Armory Week will soon be here, and it is best to be prepared.

artnet News has you covered with everything you need to know about all the different fairs taking place across the city. We recommend picking just a few from the batch below to check out, to avoid fair-tigue.

The Armory Show 2015. Photo: courtesy the Armory Show.

The Armory Show 2015.
Photo: courtesy the Armory Show.

1. The Armory Show
The 22nd edition of the Armory Show, now under the new leadership of former artnet News founder and editor-in-chief Benjamin Genocchio, tips the scales with over 200 galleries this year, up to 204 dealers from 199 in 2015. Try to snag an invite to the VIP preview for the week’s biggest fair, where Italian performance artist Romina de Novellis will appear naked, caged, and handing out flowers to visitors.

March 3–6, 2016
Thursday–Sunday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pier 94 and Pier 92, 711 12th Avenue between West 55th Street and West 52nd Street
$45 general admission, or $60 with VOLTA admission

The Volta fair takes place at Pier 90.Photo: David Willems, courtesy Volta.

The Volta fair takes place at Pier 90.
Photo: David Willems, courtesy Volta.

2. VOLTA NY
For the second year, the invitational project fair, which hails from Basel, will stand side-by-side with sister fair the Armory on Pier 90New to this edition will be a 30-foot video wall featuring works by international artists Sonny Sanjay Vadgama and Diane Nerwen, among others, while programming will include a number of artnet-approved panel discussions at the VOLTA Salon.

March 2–6, 2016
Wednesday 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday 12 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 48th Street
$22.96 general admission, or $55.11 with Armory Show admission

The Art Show 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. Photo: Timothy Lee Photography.

The Art Show 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. Photo: Timothy Lee Photography.

3. ADAA Art Show
Now in its 28th edition, the Art Dealers Association of America‘s annual fair is back at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016 with new president Adam Sheffer, who succeeded Dorsey Waxter in September. With 72 exhibitors for the second straight year, the ADAA will include such highlights as Howard Greenberg Gallery and Hans. P. Kraus Jr. Inc.’s joint presentation on the Alfred Stieglitz-founded Photo-Secession movement.

March 2–6
Wednesday–Friday 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at East 67th Street
$25 general admission

Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, the new home of the Independent. Photo: Evan Joseph, courtesy Spring Studios, New York.

Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, the new home of the Independent.
Photo: Evan Joseph, courtesy Spring Studios, New York.

4. Independent
Ousted from the old DIA building in Chelsea, the Independent will take up residence in Tribeca’s Spring Studios, often used as a venue for New York Fashion Week shows. Ahead of its upcoming expansion to Brussels, the popular fair will feature 43 exhibitors, including such heavy hitters as Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.

March 3–6, 2016
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00p.m.
Spring Street Studios, 50 Varick Street
$25 general admission/$15 for students

PULSE New York 2015. Photo: courtesy PULSE New York.

PULSE New York 2015.
Photo: courtesy PULSE New York.

5. PULSE
Expect a compact showing from PULSE this year, with 45 galleries from four continents, roughly half of whom did not show at the 2015 edition. Keep an eye on the galleries competing for the PULSE Prize, who will each present solo shows, including Hiba Schahbaz at Thierry Goldberg Gallery and Ryan McGinness at the Lower East Side Printshop.

March 3–6
Thursday 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
$25 general admission

Zoé Byland, <em>Sunday Afternoon</em> (2015). Photo: courtesy Haven Gallery.

Zoé Byland, Sunday Afternoon (2015).
Photo: courtesy Haven Gallery.

6. SCOPE
This stalwart satellite fair returns with a new “open-plan” layout and 60 international exhibitors. For the second straight year, SCOPE will benefit from its convenient West Side location, just across the street from the main event.

March 3–6, 2016
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion West 60 galleries, 639 W 46th Street
$35 general admission

SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Photo: courtesy SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
Photo: courtesy SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

7. SPRING/BREAK Art Show
The critical darling SPRING/BREAK returns to its decidedly less-hip Moynihan Station digs for the second year, as its former Soho home is being converted from an elementary school into condos. Curators, not galleries, run the show, this year with the theme of “⌘COPY⌘PASTE.” Participants include Marc Azoulay, studio director for French street artist JR, and Magda Sawon of Postmasters Gallery in New York.

March 2–7
Skylight at Moynihan Station, 421 8th Avenue at West 31st Street
Wednesday–Sunday 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
$10 general admission for advance tickets, $15 at the door

Li Hongbo, <em>Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day</em> at the SCAD Museum of Art. Photo: Marc Newton, courtesy Klein Sun Gallery.

Li Hongbo, Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Photo: Marc Newton, courtesy Klein Sun Gallery.

8. Art on Paper
Now in its second year, Art on Paper goes beyond drawings and watercolors to explore the many ways artists incorporate paper into their work. Among the fair’s special projects will a be large-scale sculptural installation called Rainbow by Beijing’s Li Hongbo, presented by Klein Sun Gallery.

March 3–6
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pier 36, 299 South Street on the East River
$25 general admission

Peggy Ahwesh, <em>Thermogram</em>, was the Moving Image art fair's 2015 "Midnight Moment" for Times Square Arts. Photo: Ka-Man Tse, courtesy Times Square Arts.

Peggy Ahwesh, Thermogram, was the Moving Image art fair’s 2015 “Midnight Moment” for Times Square Arts.
Photo: Ka-Man Tse, courtesy Times Square Arts.

9. Moving Image New York
The invitation-only fair has formed a curatorial advisory committee for 2016 who have helped select galleries and nonprofit institutions to show video artworks and installations. For the third year, Times Square Arts will select one artist from Moving Image for its monthly “Midnight Moment” series, which takes over the Times Square electronic billboards with video art for three minutes each night.

March 3–6
Thursday–Saturday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Waterfront Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue at West 27th Street
Free

Organic hanging sculptures made of plastic cable ties #clioartfair #suipark

A photo posted by Amanda Salvaggio Fenlon (@amandasfenlonart) on

10. Clio Art Fair
Self described as “the anti-fair for independent artists,” Clio provides a showcase for artists without gallery representation, selected for inclusion in the fair by a panel of judges. Artists pay by the foot or square foot for exhibition space, and the fair gets 30 percent of all completed sales.

March 3–6
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
508–526 West 26th St.
Free

Meguru Yamaguchi, <em>Terminator</em>. Photo: courtesy hpgrp Gallery Tokyo/New City Art Fair.

Meguru Yamaguchi, Terminator.
Photo: courtesy hpgrp Gallery Tokyo/New City Art Fair.

11. New City Art Fair
This small contemporary Asian art fair, which focuses on emerging artists, is now in its fifth year. The upcoming edition will exclusively feature Japanese galleries, with its five dealers, including Einstein Studio and Harmas Gallery, making the trip to New York from Tokyo.

March 3–6
Thursday 11:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
hpgrp Gallery New York, 434 Greenwich Street
Free

Red Rooster's Marcus Samuelsson with Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum Harlem. Photo: Monika Sziladi, courtesy Marcus Samuelsson.

Red Rooster’s Marcus Samuelsson with Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum Harlem.
Photo: Monika Sziladi, courtesy Marcus Samuelsson.

12. FUSION
While it isn’t a fair, per se, the FUSION art event, organized by the West Harlem Art Fund, includes a number of exhibitions, tours, and panel discussions. Venues include chef Marcus Samuelsson’s popular Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, the National Jazz Museum, and the Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, while gallerist Leila Heller and Queens Museum director of social engagement Prerana Reddy are among the participating panelists.

March 1–3
various venues
$40 for breakfast panel discussion at Red Rooster on March 1

Jean Marie Haessle, <em>Rite of Spring October</em> (2015). Photo: courtesy Kips Gallery

Jean Marie Haessle, Rite of Spring October (2015).
Photo: courtesy Kips Gallery.

13. Salon Zürcher
For its 12th mini-fair, the Lower East Side’s Galerie Zürcher will host six galleries from New York, Paris, and Brussels. Salon Zürcher, which is held during both Frieze Week and Armory Week, bills itself as “an intimate alternative to the large-scale, superstore style fairs.”

February 29–March 6
Monday 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m; Tuesday–Saturday 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Galerie Zürcher, 33 Bleecker Street
Free


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