Oh No! It’s Armory Week!

Oh No! It’s Armory Week!

New York Armory week is about to begin again in a couple of days (or tonight in some cases). The world is about to descend upon a myriad of art exhibits in little 200 sq foot galleries over the course of the coming weekend.

It’s always best to know your galleries and artists so you can whittle down where you go. You can still peruse randomly and enjoy the surprise of discovering new artists, but when you pass out exhausted at the end of the weekend, at least you’ll have seen everything you wanted to see.

Over everything else, do try to visit the rogue (UN)Fair opening tonight (Wednesday March 6, 6-8pm). With artists Caitlin Hurd, Steven Assael, Alea Chapin, Star Galler, and other similar artists, the show is promising a lot. They’ll also have free Ben and Jerry’s, which won’t warm you up or anything, but still tastes good. Brought together by Jennifer Wallace, who runs art consultancy nAscent Art New York, and Mikel Glass, an artist, THE(UN)FAIR takes over an entire floor of 500 West 52nd
Street. This will be the first and last time the fair takes place, so don’t miss it.

Installation at The (UN)Unfair

Installation at The (UN)Unfair

This year the Armory Show itself is taking place on Piers 92 and 94 a few blocks west of (UN)Fair. This is the more traditional art fair, with your blue chip galleries exhibiting work. But really, it’s a mix. Galleries P.P.O.W. will be there along with Pierogi and other contemporaries, so you can’t go wrong. Unless you wear high heels. With two piers worth of exhibits, you’ve got to make sure you take care of your tootsies.

Of the satellite fairs, my favorites are Scope and Volta. The galleries that exhibit there tend to be more experimental. Scope has always had a good amount of Pop Surreal on view along with other contemporary art works. Thinkspace, Red Truck and other similar galleries will be present. Volta is similarly impressive. Last year their galleries exhibited contemporary artwork that utilized older techniques and sensibilities. Since Lyons Wier Gallery will have Greg Haberny on view, and with The Hole and Mixed Greens present, the overall feel may be different this year.

The Fountain art fair is also taking place. While this fair does exhibit good artwork, it’s hard to tell around the partiers, loud music and madness. Galleries here all seem to like to pack as much artwork into their small booths as possible adding to the sensory overload. Fountain is fun, unless you’re tired. Fountain’s rebellious nature is wonderful – I’ll be going if I’m still alive after everything else.

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