Your Go-To Guide for Art Fairs During Armory Week 2017
Here's everything you need to know.
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.
1. The Armory Show
With over a full year at the helm under his belt, former artnet News editor-in-chief Benjamin Genocchio is ready to shake things up at the venerable fair, now in its 23rd edition. The 207 exhibiting galleries (up from 204 in 2016) will no longer be separated into modern and contemporary piers, with the two periods instead coexisting at Pier 94 while 20th-century works take over Pier 92 in “Insights.”
The Focus section, organized by Jarrett Gregory, is titled “What Is to Be Done?,” and will feature 12 solo artist presentations dealing with the social and political issues of the moment.
Thursday–Friday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–6 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
2. VOLTA NY
The Armory’s sister fair, a Basel import, is located just next door on Pier 90. As usual, programming will include a number of panel discussions led by artnet at the VOLTA Salon.
Wednesday 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 48th Street
$25 general admission, or $60 with Armory Show admission
3. ADAA Art Show
The Art Dealers Association of America‘s annual fair, the oldest in the city, will stage its 29th edition at the Park Avenue Armory. Many of the 72 exhibitors will present single-artist booths.
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
For the second year, the Independent will call Tribeca’s Spring Studios home. A critical darling, the Independent will showcase over 50 exhibitors from 20 cities around the world. A tightly curated event, the fair focuses on five themes: 1980s generation artists, work from the 1970s, intergenerational groupings, site-specific installations, and solo shows by women artists.
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street
$25 general admission/$15 for students
Perhaps the biggest change for Armory Week 2017 is the addition of NADA. Organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance, the fair has, since 2012, taken place alongside Frieze New York, in May. And not only is it changing dates, it’s also moving from its Lower East Side location to a new spot near the Hudson River Piers. In its first March outing on the West Side, the fair will donate 50 percent of ticket sales to the ACLU.
Thursday 12 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Skylight Clarkson North, 572 Washington Street
After taking place for two years across the street from the Armory on the West Side Highway, SCOPE this year takes advantage of the cancellation of PULSE New York to assume the venue it occupied, Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion.
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
$35 general admission
7. SPRING/BREAK Art Show
Continuing its run of exploiting under-used, historic venues, SPRING/BREAK moves for its sixth edition to the former Condé Nast office building in Times Square. Curators are in charge at SPRING/BREAK; more than 150 of them will present mini-exhibitions featuring more than 400 artists, all on the theme of “BLACK MIRROR.”
4 Times Square (entrance on 43rd Street)
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
8. Art on Paper
Art on Paper enters its third year, promising “significant projects” that reflect the fair’s “medium-driven” focus.
Thursday 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Pier 36, 299 South Street on the East River
9. Moving Image New York
Designed to allow “moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms,” this invitation-only fair has introduced, this go-around, a curatorial advisory committee to select international galleries and non-profits. Expect everything from single-channel videos on a monitor to immersive media and large-scale video installations.
February 27–March 2
Monday–Wednesday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Thursday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Waterfront Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue at West 27th Street
10. Clio Art Fair
“The anti-fair for independent artists” is a curated show designed to showcase the work of independent artists without gallery representation. It “seeks to foster a dialogue that transcends prescribed geographies, hierarchies, and markets; and to further opportunities for greater expression of new media and ever ground-breaking content.”
Thursday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
508–526 West 26th Street
11. Salon Zürcher
The 16th edition of Galerie Zürcher’s mini-fair on the Lower East Side will bring together six galleries from Paris; Brussels; Oslo; Hangzhou, China; and Provincetown, Massachusetts. An intimate affair that prides itself on being “accessible yet impressive [and] small but representative,” Salon Zürcher is held during both Frieze Week and Armory Week.
February 27–March 5
Monday 6 p.m.–8 p.m; Tuesday–Saturday 12 p.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Galerie Zürcher, 33 Bleecker Street
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