The art fairs have already started! This year ADAA runs from February 27th through March 4th, and then the rest of the fairs run from March 8th through March 11th. SPRING BREAK Art Shows open an extra day through the 12th so that all the other galleries can stop by after they break down their booths. Here are addresses and links for each.
The ADAA Art Show
February 27�March 4
Park Avenue Armory / Park Avenue at 67th Street
72 dealers, modern and contemporary artists.
The Armory Show
Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street
198 galleries, artists, and public programs. The usual booth displays and �Focus� organized by Minneapolis Institute of Art curator Gabriel Ritter. Other sections include �Presents,” a platform for young galleries to present recent work from emerging artists, and �Platform,� 15 large-scale artworks by well-known artists curated by Jen Mergel.
Tickets: $47 on Saturday or Sunday, $25 on Thursday and Friday at Happy Hour, 5-8 pm. Seniors (over 65) get in for $30 from 12-3 pm.
550 Washington Street, Skylight Clarkson Square in West SoHo.
Always a good assortment of painting at NADA. If you only go to one fair, go to this one.
Independent New York
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, Tribeca
An interesting assortment of galleries, including quite a few who feature painting. I have high hopes for the Independent this year.
Pier 90 / 12th Avenue at West 50th Street
VOLTA focuses on solo presentations of emerging and mid-career artists. Notable this year: Artist Mickalene Thomas and collector and consultant Racquel Chevremont are co-organizing �The Aesthetics of Matter,� a show of eight artists who cut and paste.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Chelsea
Art on Paper
299 South Street – Pier 36, Downtown
Prints, drawings, and other work on paper, sometimes crafted into three-dimensional objects.
Clio Art Fair
335 West 35th Street
Unrepresented artists sell their work directly to collectors.
Spring/Break Art Show
March 6�12 (Note this show is open an extra day)
4 Times Square, entrance is on 144 West 43rd Street
Independent curators (and artists acting as curators) riff on the theme �Strangers Come to Town.� From the statement: “Tolstoy is (probably falsely) attributed with coining the adage, �All great literature is one of two stories; a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.� Who and what is this Stranger? And is their travel into the unknown always an act of heroism to some, of colonialism or contamination and infiltration to others?”
Tickets start at $15, but try to register for a guest pass.
Anxiety and the art fairs, NADA edition (2017)
Regaining relevance: Writing critically about art fair art