Once again a flurry of art fairs–more than 10–descend upon Gotham this week. From Old Masters like the Armory Show to emerging talent like Art on Paper, there is an overwhelming selection from which to choose. Accompanying this colorful orbit of satellite fairs are opening parties, special projects, lecture series, performances, and happenings. Not to mention all the galleries and museums around the city have synced their exhibition clocks to chime in on the action. Below is a brief rundown of “artivities” that will allow art enthusiasts to curate their own unique experience:
SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW
March 3–8, 2015
March 3: 1–4pm Collectors Preview (invite only), 3–5pm Press Preview, 5–10pm VIP Vernissage
Public hours: March 4–7, 12–8pm, March 8, 12–6pm
NYC’s “curator-driven art fair” has a 2015 curatorial theme of TRANSACTION. Over 80 curators were invited to create exhibitions in SPRING/BREAK’s new Moynihan Station location. Highlights: AKArt curators Amy Kisch, Ricky Lee, Lizzie Jones, and Alexandra Wagle, present the group exhibition Transgressive Inversions + Identities: featuring works by: Craig Damrauer, Johanna Evans-Colley, Sean Fader (of 2014 Wishing Pelt fame), Katya Grokhovsky, Ujin Lee, Kristin McIver, and Allie Pohl (the ultimate Ideal Woman); Dustin Yellin x Bazaar Teens‘ controversial installation of eight paintings made out of shredded money–a $10k anonymous donation, that is!!
THE ARMORY SHOW
March 5–8, 2105
Opens: March 4, 5–8pm MoMA Vernissage ticket holders
Public hours: March 5–8, 12–7pm
Headlining this week is none other than The Armory Show. In its 17th edition, 199 galleries from 28 countries will spread out over Pier 92 (Modern Art) and Pier 94 (Contemporary Art and Special Projects). Each year the Armory Show presents a special regional focus. 2015 features the MENAM—Middle East, North African, Mediterranean—region with gallery presentations, symposia, artist commissions, and projects like the Culturunner retrofitted RV. Read more about MENAM here. Highlights: MoMA hosted The Armory Party on March 4th. VIP’s have early admission from 8–9pm; General Admission 9pm–12:30am. Find tickets here.
The 27th edition of the nation’s “Longest Running Fine Arts Fair” is organized by the ArtDealer’s Association of America. The upscale fair, located in the Park Avenue Armory, presents curated solo, duo, and thematic presentations from 72 galleries—ranging from contemporary solo projects like Petzel Gallery’s Wade Guyton presentation, to more historical surveys such as Carl Solway Gallery’s presentation of rare histroical works by Nam June Paik, to thematic exhibitions including The Responsive Eye at 50, featuring Op-Art at Maxwell Davidson Gallery.
THE (un)SCENE ART SHOW
March 4–8, 2015
Public hours: Daily from 11am until 8pm, Free Admission
A block from the Armory Show, THE(un)SCENE promotes itself as a refreshing alternative to“the maze of cookie-cutter, white-walled art fairs.” Added bonus: free ice cream! Highlights: Each day hosts a full schedule of happenings including performances and talks. See the complete schedule of happenings here.
March 5–8, 2015
Preview: March 5, 11am–4pm Guest of Honor and VIP preview, 6–8pm Public Vernissage
Public hours: March 6–7, 12–8pm, March 8, 12–7pm
VOLTA is an invitational solo project fair for contemporary art. This year it moves to Pier 90, adjacent to The Armory Show in Hell’s Kitchen. Highlights: An engaging roster of artist and curator talks. Look at full schedule here.
PULSE NEW YORK
March 5–8, 2015
March 5: 10am–1pm Preview Brunch, 6–8pm Young Collectors Cocktails (both invite only)
Public hours: March 5, 1–6pm, March 6–7, 11am–8pm, March 8, 11am–5pm
March 6, 5–8pm Members of local museums get free admission
PULSE, located in Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion, blooms early on the art calendar this year (it used to run during Frieze Week in May). The fair features creative offshoots like IMPULSE for emerging galleries, POINTS for alternative gallery models and non-profits, and PLAY, a platform for video and new media art. Highlights: March 5th at 4pm, “Women in the Artworld: Today–> Future,” a tour led by Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) Founder Susan Mumford focusing on six leading women in the field.
March 5–8, 2015
March 5: 6–8pm Vernissage
Public hours: March 6–7, 12–7pm, March 8, 12–6pm
This year over 50 galleries and non-profits from 14 countries across Europe and the Americas participate in Independent’s 6th edition, located in the Chelsea Gallery District. Highlights: a multimedia installation from renowned German artist Andrea Büttner and a series of drawings from Jimmie Durhamat Kurimanzutto, one of 16 new Independent exhibitors.
March 5: 6–8pm Opening Reception (free and open to the public)
Public hours: March 5–7, 11am–8pm, March 8, 11am–4pm, Free Admission
Located in the Waterfront Tunnel in Chelsea, Moving Image’s 5th edition presents 36 single-channel videos and installations from international galleries and non-profits, including 5 world premieres. 2015’s edition sees an additional curatorial focus on artists and galleries from Brazil and Finland. Highlight: “Moving Image: Instant Upload,” a talk which examines the importance and consequences of having works online for artists today.
The new fair from Art Market Productions is not just for “works on paper.” The fair features artists who “look to paper” as a major influence in their multimedia practices—including sculpture and installation.
March 6: 2–4pm Platinum First View, 4–6pm VIP
Public hours: March 6, 6–10pm, March 7 & 8, 11am–8pm
The 15th edition of SCOPE NY moves to a new location across from the Armory Show in the Metropolitan Pavilion West. Programs include the long-standing Breeder sector with a focuson emerging galleries, and Juxtapoz Presents, a series of galleries curated by Juxtapoz Magazine, including a special edition of the magazine.
Run of the Mill | Evan Robarts
Opens March 3, 2015
Opening Reception: 6-9pm
The Hole | 312 Bowery, New York, NY
March 3–April 5
This week The Hole presents Evan Robarts’ first major solo exhibition. The show will highlight three bodies of work by the material-driven conceptual artist, including scaffolding pieces, “line drawings” and “mop” paintings. Besides the pared-down, material-driven, and cerebral aspects of these works there is also a strong personal, warm or even humorous component that for the artist is particularly important. His work is not yet widely known, but he is pretty inventive in his craft: a worthy artist to check out.
Electric Objects EO1 Beta Showcase at the Gallery at the Ace Hotel
March 5, 2015
Opening Recption 6-8pm
Ace Hotel | 20 W 29th Street NYC
Electric Objects, a device that allows collectors to view new media works on a digital canvas that can be mounted to walls, has caught the attention of both the art and tech world. It’ll be making its curatorial debut at the Gallery at the Ace Hotel, curated by founder Jake Levine and curator Zoe Salditch.
Polychromasia | Beau Stanton
Opens March 5, 2015
Opening Reception: 8-10pm
The Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel | 356 West 58th Street, New York, NY
If you’re looking for some popping colors and detailed linework, then Beau Stanton’s upcoming exhibition is for you. Stanton’s work is influenced by classical examples of painting, ornamentation, and religious iconography. Though he typically creates paintings, murals, installations, and animations, Stanton’s latest manifestation of 20 multiples is sure to exemplify his originality and exploratory methods. If you’re a fan of Alex Grey, this is the show for you, as Stanton’s latest work is definitely influenced by Grey in a number of ways.
Party: Armory Young Collectors at Soho House
March 5, 2015
Soho House | 29 Ninth Avenue, NYC
Kick off: 9 p.m., invitation only
Just south of the fury that’s happening in Chelsea, there’s a bit of calm in the clubby confines of Soho House, where Armory Show director Noah Horowitz hosts a bash alongside a few other art world bigwigs.
Volume 003 (Empire State) | Group Exhibition organized by Sugarlift
Opens March 6, 2015
Opening reception: 7-10pm
Livestream Public | 195 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, BK
NY NOTE: Get your tickets to this event before you get on the subway. Ten doll hairs brings the photos to life.
Organized by Sugarlift, an online gallery based in Bushwick, Empire State presents the recent work of local street photographers who have been creating a new movement of urban photography throughout New York City. These 12 photo wizards have blown up your Instagram and Tumblr to show the public a small piece of their adventures to capture the perfect shot. Go to see these exhilarating photographs in the flesh and you’ll vicariously (and perhaps IRL) meet some of the most talented explorers around.
Party: Pulse After Party at Hotel Americano
March 7, 2015
Hotel Americano | 518 W. 27th Street, NYC
Kick off: 9 p.m., invitation only
Pulse is another art fair that you will inevitably go to, and then by the weekend you’ll need the strongest cocktail ever made in Manhattan to cure your “art-fatigue.” Start by unwinding by the indoor pool and then gaze out over the Chelsea landscape from the rooftop, thinking about of all the art you saw this week, and all the fortunes spent and fortunes made. Depressed yet? Rinse and repeat until you are comfortably numb.
Bjork Retrospective, MoMA
March 8–June 7, 2015
MoMA Member Previews run from March 4–7
Public opening hours begin March 8
MoMA | 11 West 53rd Street, NYC
The year’s most heavily anticipated exhibition has finally arrived: the retrospective of composer, musician and singer Björk! Anticipate epic sound and visual installations. Also anticipate nostalgia if you grew up as a teen in the 1990s. Expect a comprehensive survey of the Icelandic artists’ costumes (remember her Swan ensemble at the Oscars?), outlandish hairstyles (volcanic puffs of red locks, voluminous sci-fi geisha buns) and state of the art face make up (think Homogenic album cover). Between her music, her relationship with Matthew Barney and the creative endeavors she’s undertaken, Björk’s retrospective is a must-see.