Tuesday, February 28, 2017

guide-to-armory-week-2017...by HYPERALLERGIC


Some highlights

ADAA Art Show

When: March 1–5 / Wednesday–Friday: noon–8pm; Saturday: noon–7pm; Sunday: noon–5pm ($25)
Where: Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The Art Show isn’t the place to go to see risky, sink-or-swim experimental works, it’s where you can catch showpieces by modern masters and thoroughly vetted living artists before they disappear into private collections or turn up in museums. Dress to impress — and act accordingly.


When: March 3–5 / Friday, Saturday: noon–7pm; Sunday: noon–6pm ($25)
Where: Spring Studios (50 Varick Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Falling somewhere between NADA and the Armory Show on the hip-to-safe spectrum, Independent has a tendency to feature a mix of known quantities and pleasant surprises. This year’s slate of 52 exhibitors, most hailing from New York, promises to maintain the fair’s aura of classy eccentricity.

Moving Image

When: February 27–March 2 / Monday–Wednesday 11am–8pm; Thursday: 11am–4pm (free)
Where: Waterfront New York Tunnel (269 Eleventh Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Moving Image is usually the calmest of Armory Week’s top-tier fairs, where you can go sit and spend time with some excellent video art. However, among this year’s nearly 30 featured works are six virtual reality projects and four augmented reality works, so the user experience won’t be quite as sedentary as in years past (this is a good thing).


When: March 2–5 / Thursday: 4–8pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11am–5pm ($20)
Where: Skylight Clarkson North (572 Washington Street, Soho, Manhattan)
The perennial cool kids fair has moved up from its usual slot during Frieze Week in May to join Armory Week. In addition to its 100 exhibitors, NADA New York boasts a series of talks organized by Kickstarter and a special program on drag performances.


When: March 3–5 / Friday, Saturday: 11am–8pm; Sunday: 11am–7pm ($25)
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
We’d never choose to set foot in Scope, but there’s something comforting about the fact that it’s there every year — this time with 69 exhibitors — showing its reliable mix of “edgy” street art, heavy-handed, selfie-baiting sculpture, tacky photorealist painting, and other tacky wonders.

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