When The Armory Show hits the Hudson River piers this week, it brings with it more fairs and events than most reasonable art lovers would, or could, venture to attend. But who said anything about being reasonable?
To help you make sense of the fair terrain this Armory Arts Week—to say nothing of the innumerable gallery openings, parties, and performances citywide—this one-stop guide should get you up to speed, leaving you more time to concentrate on that thing we're all here for—no, not the elbow-rubbing and dollar signs—the art.
The Armory Show
Invited guests: March 2
Public days: Thus–Sun 12–7pm
Piers 92 & 94
$45 one-day pass, $80 multi-day pass, $60 VOLTA NY Combi ticket
New director Benjamin Genocchio, former artnet News editor-in-chief, takes the helm for Armory Show’s 22nd season, which will see a record 205 exhibitors. The key 2016 highlight is Focus: African Perspectives, curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, which welcomes galleries presenting artists from Africa and the Diaspora, including galleries from countries like Kenya and Nigeria, never before represented at the fair. Over the weekend, the 2016 African Perspectives Symposium will bring together artists curators, artists, and collectors for panel discussions, performances, and screenings.
Read our interview with the fair’s 2016 Commissioned Artist, Kapwani Kiwanga, here.
ADAA: The Art Show
Gala Preview: March 1 (admission benefits Henry Street Settlement, tickets here)
Public hours: Wed–Fri 12–8pm, Sat 12–7pm, Sun 12–5pm
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street
$25 one-day pass
The nation’s “Longest Running Fine Arts Fair” turns 28 this year with 72 presentations from Art Dealer's Association of America member galleries. Held at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair’s known for its uptown vibe and a much-appreciated focus on curation, with all galleries presenting solo, duo, or thematic exhibitions. This year we’re looking out for debut presentations of Monir Farmanfarmaian by Haines Gallery, San Francisco, and Tilton Gallery’s showing of sculptures by Simone Leigh. Tonya Bonakdar will have new photographs from Gillian Wearing; Betty Cuningham Gallery is bringing paintings by Bill Traylor; and P.P.O.W. presents vintage performance photographs from Carolee Schneemann.
Robin Kang, Quetzalcoatl SSD with Scratch, 2016, Hand Jacquard woven cotton and synthetic fibers, 24 1/2" x 32".
Presented at VOLTA NY by Field Projects New York
Preview: March 2, Guest of Honor and VIP preview, 6–8pm Public Vernissage 8–10pm (free and open to the public)
Public hours: Thurs–Sat 12–8pm, Sun 12–6pm
$25 general admission, $60 Armory Show Combi ticket
With a focus on solo and duo artist presentations the invitational VOLTA NY is the ideal fair for those who like a bit of context while art-watching. In partnership with GalleryLOG this year, ArtSlant got an early look at presenters with interview previews with five VOLTA artists who discuss their process and inspiration. Watch out for the exhibition Something I Can Feel, curated by Derrick Adams, including work by Shaun Leonardo who will present his I Can’t Breathe performance and workshop on Friday at 5pm (read our recent interview with the artist about this project here).
Sabrina Ratté, Other Spaces, Winter Garden, 2016. Print+ video. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Laffy Maffei Gallery
PULSE NEW YORK
March 3, 10am–1pm Preview Brunch, 6–8pm Young Collectors Cocktails (both invite only)
Public hours: Thurs 1–6pm, Fri–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun 11am–5pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
$25 one-day pass, $40 multi-day pass
We like PULSE for its spirited vibe and ample programming, like the Perspectives panel series; the Play video and new media sector, curated this year by Joey Lico; and Special Projects like Macon Reed’s Eulogy For The Dyke Bar, a reprise of the artist’s Bushwick installation, which will transform the fair’s bar into a space for performances, programming, and discussions about the legacies and widespread closing of dyke bars nationwide.
Corazon de Sol, Win to Lose, Lose to Win, 2015, Presented by The Box, LA
March 3, 6–8pm Vernissage (free and open to the public)
Public hours: Fri–Sat 12–7pm, Sun 12–6pm
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street
$25 General Admission
Independent moves to TriBeCa’s Spring Studios this year, showing over 40 galleries and non-profits at its 7th edition. This NYC veteran is consistently strong with well-curated presentations. It’s a good place to find surprises and innovations like The Box’s presentation of Corazon del Sol’s Win to Lose, Lose to Win, a “video game as conceptual portrait.” We’re keen to see how the fair develops when it crosses this Atlantic this April to open an even larger edition in Brussels.
Lorna Mills, Mountain Light/Time, 2015, Animated GIF collage. Presented by TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn
March 3, 6–8pm Opening Reception (free and open to the public)
Public hours: Thurs–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun 11am–4pm
Waterfront New York Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue
Located in the Waterfront Tunnel in Chelsea, Moving Image’s 6th New York edition presents nearly 30 single-channel videos and installations, including 7 world premieres. It can be difficult to consume time-based media and the moving image in an art fair setting, so we're fans of how this invitational fair makes us slow down by design. If you're having a late night Times Square tourist experience this month, be sure to look up for Lorna Mills' Mountain Light/Time shown each night from 11:57pm–midnight at part of the Midnight Moment arts initiative.
Jaime Warren, Self-portrait as woman in Les Demoiselles of Avignon by Pablo Picasso/Online Deceptions by MommaBird, 2012, Chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Curated at SPRING/BREAK by Adam Parker Smith. Image Courtesy of the Artist
SPRING/BREAK Art Show
March 1: 5–9pm VIP Vernissage (tickets here)
Public hours: Wed–Sun 12–8pm, Mon 12–6pm
Moynihan Station, 421 8th Avenue
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
NYC’s “curator-driven art fair” gets bigger and bigger each year, rhizomatically expanding as curators and artists bring on friends and colleagues to join the show. The show’s fifth installment, which returns this year to Moynihan Station, features over 100 curators and 800 artists invited to interpret 2016’s theme ⌘COPY⌘PASTE. In addition to the Art Show, artworks will be available for sale online from March 1 to April 30 here.
Li Hongbo, Rainbow, Installed in the Pamela Elaine Poetter Gallery at Savannah College of Art and Design's Museum of Art
Art on Paper
March 3, 6–10pm, Preview benefitting the Brooklyn Museum, 8–10:30pm VIP Opening Party
Public hours: Fri–Sat 11am,–7pm, Sun 12–6pm
$25 one-day pass, $35 multi-day pass
Art Market Productions brings back its fair dedicated to "works on paper" for its second year in New York. Art on Paper is not just for prints and drawings though: works include special projects like Li Hongbo’s surprising rainbow installation and Federico Uribe’s totem-like sculptures made from books.
SCOPE New York
March 3, 2–4pm Platinum First View, 4–6pm VIP ($100 at door)
Public hours: Thurs 6–10pm, Fri–Sun 11am–8pm
639 W 46th St, just off the Armory Show piers
$35 general admission
Scope celebrates its sweet 16 this year, a short walk from the Armory piers at the Metropolitan Pavilion West. The fair’s veteran Breeder sector promotes emerging galleries and boasts alumni we've all come to admire like Peres Projects and Spinello Projects. This year, look out for young talents Haven Gallery, Kallenbach Gallery, One Mile Gallery, Jenn Singer Gallery, Barbara Edwards Contemporary, and Cordesa Fine Art.
Daisuke Takahashi, untitled(tmtm), 2013-2014, 375 x 580 mm, oil on wooden panel. Presented by HARMAS GALLERY at New City Art Fair. Photo: Kei Okano
Haven't had enough? Smaller fair presentations include Tribeca's New City Art Fair with five galleries presenting Asian Contemporary Art; Clio Art Fair, the "Anti" Art Fair for indie artists; and the 12th edition of Salon Zürcher, the intimate Armory Arts Week stalwart presenting six galleries.
—The ArtSlant Team
(Image at top: Courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show)