SCOPE Snaps Up Former PULSE New York Venue for Armory Week

The fair finds a new home.

SCOPE New York. Courtesy of SCOPE.
SCOPE New York. Courtesy of SCOPE.

New York’s art fair landscape is constantly evolving. In the latest change to the scene, SCOPE New York is taking over Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion.

The move is possible now that PULSE New York is out the picture, having cancelled its New York show to focus, moving forward, on its larger Miami Beach edition.

Located on West 18th Street, the Metropolitan Pavilion venue is a popular one for art fairs, biannually hosting the Affordable Art Fair, and welcoming this year’s New York edition of the Outsider Art Fair (January 19–22) once again.

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

PULSE New York 2015. Courtesy PULSE New York.

The past two years, SCOPE has been held at the Metropolitan West. (Prior to that, in 2014, SCOPE was held at Skylight at Moynihan Station, the offbeat post office venue that has housed the last two editions of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show.)

Although its far West Side location at 639 West 46th Street was a long way from the subway, the venue did have the advantage of being across the street from the Armory Show and VOLTA NY. For collectors who spend a full day at the main fair, however, it might have been less than appealing to head back to the Hudson River for another event later in the week.

In 2014, SCOPE was held at Skylight at Moynihan Station, the offbeat post office venue that has since housed the last two editions of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. SCOPE, which was founded in Basel, where it will host its 11th edition this June, claims to be the first Armory Show satellite fair.

Other changes afoot for Armory Week include Armory Show director (and former artnet News editor-in-chief) Benjamin Genocchio’s plans to end the traditional segregation of Modern and contemporary works on two different piers. Instead, Pier 94 will showcase both Modern and contemporary art, while Pier 92 will feature an “Insights” section focusing on 20th-century work.

SCOPE New York will be on view at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, March 2–5, 2017.


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