Armory Arts Week, running February 28 through March 6 in New York City, officially marks the start of spring art season. Lovers of art may become all atwitter as the city explodes with fairs, exhibits, and parties. But the difficult question remains: with all these gorgeous offerings, which ones should you make the time for? Here where to start.
The Armory Show
Meet the grand dame of March art fairs. Spread between Piers 92 and 94 along the West Side Highway and showcasing over 200 galleries from around the globe, this behemoth plays host to some of the best in Contemporary and Modern art. Whatever the medium and whoever the artist, you can usually find it here. This year, Armory Focus, an invitational section tasked with spotlighting a particular regional artistic landscape, turns its attention towards African Diaspora art and works made from an international African perspective, highlighting fresh viewpoints from emerging curators, artists, and galleries. Details here.
ADAA: The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory
The Art Show, held in the Park Avenue Armory, is organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and is America’s longest-running art fair. Displaying a wide range of high-quality work in many mediums and time frames, this elite group of galleries are some of the most influential in the world. Each booth is carefully curated to impact anyone who walks through the front doors. Details here.
Art on Paper
Bringing the best paper-based art to New York City, the aptly named Art on Paper show takes over downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36. Over 65 galleries present an incredible selection of works, including drawings, paintings, photography, silkscreen prints, and sculpture–all made with the ever-approachable product. Anticipate to see this familiar medium transformed into inventive and colorful works that move far beyond the everyday. Details here.
But Wait, There’s More…
If you’re feeling particularly spry and have time to spare, you’ll do well to stop by PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, SCOPE, and the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Down a coffee or three and put on some good sneakers. These ones are worth tacking onto the list.