Armory Art Week is upon us and brings the return of the usual cast of art fair characters, some new players and some unexpected changes. New for 2015 is Art on Paper, a themed art fair presenting art made on paper or paper used as sculptural material. PULSE New York switched its usual time slot to present its New York edition this week instead of in May, coinciding with Frieze. Fountain Art Fair is taking a hiatus so don't search the city trying to find it. CONTACT decided to delay its inaugural New York edition until 2016. SCOPE, VOLTA and Spring / Break have new locations...all are now closer to The Armory Show than in past years.
Scrappy "un" art fairs or "anti" art fairs" returning in 2015 include the Boiler in Brooklyn, Clio in Chelsea and (un)SCENE Art Show in Midtown. Art fairs on the "A List" could include The Armory Show (Modern and Contemporary Sections), ADAA's The Art Show, Moving Image and Spring / Break. To see the full list of options to create your own "A List", click here to visit our Art Fair Directory.
Meanwhile, here's a bit of what's new for Armory Art Week 2015:
THE ARMORY SHOW
The Armory returns to its trued and true location of Pier 92 and 94. The fair opens today to MoMA benefit VIP holders and press are invited tomorrow. The fair opens to the public on May 5. Expect plenty of important contemporary and modern art, lots of walking and programming designed to provide insight into the changing contemporary art scene--especially in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. (MENAM Symposium "The Way Things Can Go" takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The Armory Show will present its 17th edition from March 5 – 8, 2015 at Piers 92 & 94 in the Passenger Ship Terminals in New York City. Opening Day will take place on March 4 for invited guests. Modern Art is presented in Pier 92 and Contemporary Art is presented in Pier 94.
The fair is open daily from noon to 7 p.m.
One day admission is $30 for students and seniors and $45 for adults; $80 for Run of Show. One Day Combination Pass for Armory + Volta NY is $60. VOLTA NY will be presented at Pier 90 (new for 2015).
Piers 92 & 94 are located at 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street), New York, NY 10019. www.thearmoryshow.com.
PAPER ART FAIR
Art on Paper presents its first edition from March 5 – 8, 2015 at Pier 26. A Preview benefitting the Brooklyn Museum takes place on March 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A VIP Party takes place on March 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. The fair will present around XX galleries with art involved with paper as far as the eye can see. Expect to find Modern and Contemporary art. Should be interesting. Presented by producers of Miami Project and Art Market Hamptons (now Market Art + Design).
Art on Paper is open March 6 – 7 from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. and on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass. A Fair Pass is $50 and includes admission to the Opening Night Party and all public fair hours. A Preview VIP Pass is $150 and includes the Preview, the Opening Night Party, all public fair hours and VIP Lounge access.
Pier 26 is located in New York, NY 10013. www.thepaperfair.com.
SPRING / BREAK
SPRING/BREAK Art Show presents its fourth edition from March 3 to 8, 2015 at the third and fourth floors of Skylight at Moynihan Station at 307 West 31st Street at 8th Avenue. This year's fair will feature new work by over 150 artists selected by 40 curators relating to the theme of TRANSACTION. The theme explores visions of and commentaries on exchange in all its forms.
Spring / Break is known for presenting contemporary work that's hand-selected by a team of curators resulting in a show that reveals insider views of what's happening in art right now. Commerce is not a driving force--presenting art that encourages discovery and engagement is. In the past, installations made use of its unusual location (a former public school). Now in a new location, the art fair itself will be a discovery.
Fair previews will be held tonight (March 3) including an invitation-only Collectors Preview from 1 pm – 4 p.m.; a Press Preview from 3 – 5 p.m, and a VIP Vernissage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fair hours are March 4 to 7 from noon to 8 p.m. and March 8 from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 or free with a VIP Card from The Armory or Volta NY art fairs. www.springbreakartshow.com.
ADAA THE ART SHOW
The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is presenting its 27th edition from March 4 – 8, 2015 at the Park Avenue Armory located at 643 Park Avenue (at 67th St.), New York, NY 10065. Gallery presentations feature thoughtfully curated solo, two-person, and thematic exhibitions by 72 leading art dealers.
Known for presenting a high-quality show that rivals The Armory, for 2015 expect to find solo shows of work by Jane Freilicher (Tibor de Nagy Gallery); Tracey Emin (Lehmann Maupin); Jim Dine (Pace Gallery); Sam Francis (Manny Silverman Gallery); Alice Aycock (Fredric Snitzer Gallery); Wade Guyton (Petzel) and more.
Group exhibitions focus on German Expressionists (Galerie St. Etienne), Masterworks of Egg Tempera (ACA Galleries), Latin Americas Abroad in the Sixties (Adler & Conkright Fine Art), Hard-Edge Abstraction at Mid Century (Valerie Carberry Gallery), James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Artists Influenced by Him (Thomas Colville Fine Art) and more.
A Gala Preview will be held tonight to benefit the Henry Street Settlement (Tickets range from $175 to $2,000). The fair opens tomorrow to the public. Fair hours are March 4 to 6 from noon to 8 p.m.; March 7 from noon to 7 p.m. and March 8 from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is $25. www.artdealers.org.
(un)SCENE Art Show
(un)SCENE Art Show's second edition will present installations, performance art, painting, sculpture and participatory pieces with the goal of celebrating the creative process as muse for art making. (un)SCENE Art show was last year's sleeper. Set one block away from Pier 92, it had art fair goers talking about the art and its unusual setting. If history repeats itself, this fair might be one to watch for 2015.
From the fair's perspective, its team of curators, art advisors, event planners, designers and artists aim to create a show that differs from the art fair commercial concept. Channeling the passion the artists feel about making the work unites with creating a visitor experience that is a breath of fresh air from rows of art booths, according to organizers.
(un)SCENE Art Show holds its press and media previews today (Wednesday) from 3 to 6 p.m with a invite-only dinner and preview from 7:30 p.m to 12:30 p.m. in partnership with Rainforest Foundation and Dinner Lab.
The (un)SCENE Art Show is open from March 4 to 8, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find it street level at 549 W. 52 Street, New York, NY 10019. www.theunscene.org.
RARE BOOK ROOM at THE CARLYLE HOTEL
Also distinctively not an art fair is Harper's Books Rare Book Room. Opening today and running through Thursday only, the Rare Book Room can be found at The Carlyle Hotel. Asking at the hotel desk for directions is part of the fun. So are special events that include evenings with authors.
Tonight is an Evening with Bob Colacello from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night is a Book Signing with Ken Schles from 6 to 8 p.m and Thursday night is a "Chinese Buffet with the Gang" from 5 to 7 p.m. RSVP is required for this one (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the Rare Book Room, expect to find original art by Sadie Laska, Brad Phillips, Richard Prince and a preview of an upcoming exhibition with Boston-based artist Matthew King. Also, unique artists' interventions by Harmony Korine, Justin Adian, and Jordan Wolfson plus a selection of rare books, ephemera, and Japanese magazines from the 1970s.
The Carlyle Hotel is located at 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021. Public hours are today (Tuesday) from 6 to 11 p.m.; Wednesday from 2 to 10 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. www.harpersbooks.com.
Hamptons Art Hub staff will be covering Armory Art Week. Check back for reviews and art fair coverage publishing throughout the week. Follow us on Instagram (@hamptonsarthub #hamptonsarthub) for artwork spotted along the way.
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