Saturday, March 5, 2016

Overview of NYC's Armory Art Week, The Fairs for 2016


Armory Art Week
Listed below is an overview of the art fair options for what has come to be known in NYC as ARMORY ART WEEK. It may be the "biggest" weekend of the year for visual art internationally! People fly into NYC from all over the world to exhibit, view and invest in artworks! Millions and millions of $US dollars will be spent purchasing art in this short weekend.
The Armory Show Contemporary
When: March 3–6 / Thursday–Sunday: noon–7pm
Where: Pier 94 (Twelfth Avenue at W 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
100+ galleries located at Pier 94 showing Contemporary art. 
The Armory Show Modern
When: March 3–6 / Thursday–Sunday: noon–7pm
Where: Piers 92 (Twelfth Avenue at W 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
100+ galleries located at Pier 92 showing 20th century Modern art.
Volta (Produced by The Armory Show) 
When: March 2–6 / Wednesday: 8–10pm; Thursday–Saturday: noon–8pm; Sunday: noon–6pm
Where: Pier 90 (West 50th Street at Twelfth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
Volta is the Armory Show’s baby sister art fair. It's located at Pier 90, the next pier over from the Armory Show "Modern". Over the past few years Volta has "grown-up" and now rivals the Armory Show in the formal and professional presentation of it's gallery booths, plus the quality of the artists exhibited. 

An Invitational Solo Project Art Fair for Contemporary Art at Pier 90.
(Pictured: Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Solo Artist: Becca Lowry, Volta Booth A12)

While browsing Volta, be certain to check-out Becca Lowry's abstract carved and painted assemblages shown at Booth 12 / Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven. I found these constructions to be both "new" and "primordial", giving off organic and subliminal messages. These artworks seem to be interpreted differently by every viewer. 
ADAA Art Show
When: March 2–6 / Wednesday–Friday: noon–8pm; Saturday: noon–7pm; Sunday: noon–5pm
Where: Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
High-end Modern and Postwar Art + some Old Masters and Contemporary Artists
When: March 3–6 / hours vary by location
Where: Centre for Social Innovation (601 W 26th Street, #325, Chelsea, Manhattan), Fountain House Gallery (702 Ninth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan), and Creative Art Works (The Atrium Shops and Cafes, 601 Lexington Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)
A new Art Fair this year, alt_break focuses on social justice and nonprofit causes.
Art on Paper
When: March 4–6 / Friday, Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: noon–6pm
Where: Pier 36 (299 South Street at Clinton Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
This fair is all about paper: collages, drawings, prints, bas reliefs and freestanding sculptures.
Clio Art Fair
When: March 4–6 / Friday, Saturday: 10am–6pm; Sunday: noon–6pm
Where: 508 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan (free)
37 independent artists have no middlemen, all of the art is displayed by the artists themselves.  
When: March 4–6 / Friday, Saturday: noon–7pm; Sunday: noon–6pm
Where: Spring Studios (50 Varick Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
The Independent Fair has changed location this year, moving from the former Dia Art Foundation in Chelsea to Tribeca’s Spring Studios. It trends toward refreshingly different contemporary European galleries and artists.
Moving Image
When: March 3–6 / Thursday–Saturday: 11am–8pm; Sunday: 11am–4pm
Where: Waterfront New York Tunnel (269 Eleventh Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan) (free)
“The Video Art Fair,” includes all manner of moving image artworks. 
New City
When: March 3–6 / Thursday: 11am–6pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm
Where: hpgrp Gallery (434 Greenwich Street, Tribeca, Manhattan) (free)
Four Tokyo-based galleries.
When: March 3–6 / Thursday: 1–6pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am–8pm; Sunday: 11am–5pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Pulse is a must see Armory Week satellite fair with 45 galleries plus site-specific projects, and several discussion panels.
When: March 3–6 / Thursday: 6–10pm; Friday–Sunday: 11am–8pm
Where: 639 W 46th Street (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
Scope is another must see Armory Week satellite fair showing mainstream gallery artists and a little more street art, kitschy art, Pop art, and loosely prepared / presented artworks. 

Salon Zürcher
When: March 1–6 / Tuesday: noon–8pm; Wednesday: noon–6pm; Thursday–Saturday: noon–8pm; Sun day: noon–5pm
Where: Zürcher Gallery (33 Bleecker Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan) (free)
A handful of galleries in Zürcher Gallery’s Bleecker Street space from Paris, Brussels, Hudson NY + other NYC galleries.
When: March 2–7 / Wednesday–Sunday: noon–8pm; Monday: noon–6pm
Where: Skylight at Moynihan Station (421 Eighth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)
The “curator-driven” fair's theme “⌘COPY⌘PASTE” is an "INDIE" hipster fair so expect the unexpected. Works by over 800 artists selected by more than 100 curators.
Armory Arts Week, NYC draws the American and international sub-culture of artists and art lovers into Manhattan all at same time. It's a convention of sorts, but the artists and galleries never think of it that way, for them it's an opportunity to show and hopefully sell the newest and best art for the current year. It's also a meeting of creative minds, with many panel discussions and controversial ideas regarding aesthetics and the state of the "art world" being casually discussed over champagne, wine and scotch. At times the crowds in aisles of the fairs can be overwhelming.
When: "PRE-EVENT" 
(At the time of this publication it's already over, maybe next year!)
March 1–3 / Tuesday: 9am–7pm; Wednesday: 9am–6pm ; Thursday: 7–8pm
Where: Various venues in Harlem, Manhattan
Panels, tours, pop-up exhibitions, and performances organized by the West Harlem Art Fund.

(Source: All photos by ARTSnFOOD staff, text information came from several online articles including and
Until later,

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