Hey guys-hope you have your comfortable-but-special shoes on because the art fairs season is upon us. Since there seems to be more of them than what is humanly manageable to go to (though we WILL try to cover as much of it as possible, since we’re feeling masochistic like that), we figured we’d do a basic break-down of fair-by-fair action and let you be able to make a conscious, semi-well educated decision which ones are right for you. READY? DEEP BREATHS.
(header image: Margolis-Escape Velocity)
- Scope New York (New York, NY, March 6 – 10, 2013)
exact location: 312 West 33rd Street
cost: $20, $15 for students
why go? Now in it’s 12th year and with strong Basel showings as well, SCOPE is the cooler, younger cousin of the Armory, that is still grown up enough to have its shit together. SCOPE has the format of more of an art show than a fair per se, so for those who are extremely overwhelmed by the traditional cubicle booth scenario of art fairs, we recommend you check out some of their truly terrific programming-within-the-fair, including Andrea Stanislav’s VANISHING POINTS (see photo below), Quebec Savoir Faire and more.
parties???? nothing official we can see
(image: Andrea Stanislav/SCOPE)
- The Art Show (New York, NY, March 6 – 10, 2013)
exact location: Park Avenue Armory, Park & 67th
why go? curated by art dealers for art dealers, it is a perfect place to hobnob with the people who are in the business of art, and to see what actually sells and works in today’s art economy.
parties???? nothing official that we can see, but making the right friends during the show could do wonders.
- The Armory Show (New York, NY, March 7 – 10, 2013)
exact location: Piers 92 and 94, Twelfth Ave at 55th St
cost: $30, students $10, four-day pass $60, the Armory Show/VOLTA NY pass $40
why go? This year’s addition is dedicated to the centennial of the Armory show of 1913, the fair’s groundbreaking namesake that shocked and awed the art world when it first emerged on the streets of NY. So-to be part of history AND to hope that something shocking and awe-ing will happen here too (Liz Magic Laser is the commissioned artist this year, and John Waters sits on the host comittee so-all is possible). Plus, all the gallery heavy hitters will be there (Gagosian, Suzanne Geiss, DC’s own Connersmith, etc etc)
parties??? well, there is that little Solange headlining MoMA operation happening on the 6th to kick things off, if you’d consider that a party
- Independent (New York, NY, March 7 – 10, 2013)
exact location: 548 W 22nd Street, on the south side between 10th Avenue and the West Side Highway.
why go? All the buzziness surrounding the galleries participating, and an edge that even in 2013 and amidst all the competition, is still legitimately cutting. This, after all, according to NY times “perhaps New York’s most exclusive, self-consciously hip contemporary-art fair”
parties??? nothing official we can see
- Volta NY (New York, NY, March 7 – 10, 2013)
exact location: 82 Mercer Street
cost: $15 (students $10, groups of 10+ $10, joint pass with Armory – $40)
why go? An invitational solo project fair for contemporary art. Classy. (Pretty) Exclusive. Curated to a T. Plus, a strong educational component.
parties??? Nothing official that we can see.
- PooL Art Fair New York (New York, NY, March 7 – 10, 2013)
exact location: The Flatiron Hotel, 9 West 26th Street
why go? This is premiere fair in the US dedicated to unrepresented artists. Which, in translation means that you can have that tingling “I saw these people before they were big” feeling and the chances of things getting weird are pretty goddamn high (a plus, in our books)
parties??? preview+benefit, March 8th, 6-9pm, plus an abundance of random after parties, we’re sure.
(image: Thierry Alet)
- Fountain Art Fair (New York, NY, March 8-10, 2013)
exact location: 69th Regiment Armory, home of the revolutionary 1913 Armory Show – 25th and Lexington
cost: $10, weekend pass $15, VIP $50
why go? to check out massive site specific installation curated by Alex Emmart (Mighty Tanaka, Dumbo) and Robots Will Kill
parties??? hell yeah. Opening night, Friday March 8, from 7pm until midnight, the fair will feature a coupling of the progressive New York hip-hop stylings of Lucas Walters and the fearsome Baltimore based sounds of Musa and Spank Rock who were recently added to Boys Noize Records family. The Centennial Celebration continues Saturday, March 9th from 7pm to midnight, with innovative DJ sets from Chances With Wolves, performances by Kamp!, Fountain’s own NSR, and the cutting edge identical twins Nina Sky.
- Moving Image Art Fair (New York, NY, March 7-10, 2013)
- exact location: Waterfront Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, Between 27th and 28th Streets
why go? videos videos and more videos from ALL OVER THE WORLD. also-free, which helps with BYT reader decisions, we know.
parties??? Opening reception, Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00 -8:00 pm. Sponsored by 42 below vodka. And a Sunday brunch on closing day.
image: Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, “Complaints Choir of Chicago,” 2007.
Courtesy of AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, Helsinki, Finland.
- SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY – March 5-10th)
- exact location: Old School, 233 Mott Street
cost: $5 suggested donation
why go? New York’s only curator driven art fair. Featuring the projects of over 20 curators, the show will abandon the traditional focus on galleries – offering a “break” from the typical art fair model – and showcase a range of New York City’s curatorial voices, all surrounding a single exhibition theme – New Mysticism. Which, lets face it, is a pretty solid theme.
parties??? Closing party on March 10th. By Invitation Only. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
courtesy Creative Time & Kinz Tillou Fine Art
Saving yourself and your art appreciation for later? Check out these late March/early April fairs: