Your Armory Week Guide

Armory Week is upon us, and it can get pretty hectic if you don’t plan your art-viewing schedule ahead of time. We’ve put together a run down of the art fairs that have descended on the city this week that promise a little something from everyone- whether you’re mad for Modern Art, ecstatic about emerging artists, or love the opulence of Old Masters, there’s something for everyone.

The Armory Show |
Piers 94 and 92, 12th Avenue between 55th and 52nd , March 2-5

The leading fair and namesake of the week brings the crème de la crème of the global art world to two giant piers on the West Side. You could spend the entire week at this fair alone, featuring modern and contemporary works mixed together in Pier 94, 20th Century works in Pier 92, as well as 12 solo presentations focused on our current political climate, book signings, a myriad of art and artist talks (with leaders like Simon de Pury, Marilyn Minter, Alex Katz and Dana Schutz), and of course, the super popular party in conjunction with MoMA.

Pier 90, 12th Avenue at 48th Street, March 1-5

Just next door to its affiliate the Armory Show, VOLTA invites top tier artists to create a serious of solo exhibitions. Unlike other art fairs, VOLTA gives visitors fully experience one artist at a time, in a gallery-style boutique setting. This year celebrates the 10th year of solo exhibitions in New York.

Skylight Clarkson North, 572 Washington Street, March 2-5

This fair, run by the New Dealers Art Alliance, usually opens alongside Frieze in May. This year, its March rendition also moves from the East River to the Hudson. NADA is known for its penchant for experimental and avant-garde artists- and this year will win hearts by donating half of their ticket sales to the ACLU.

SCOPE Art Show |
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, March 2-5

Another fair to move to a new location for 2017, SCOPE is known for giving young galleries and emerging artists a voice. The fair is also known for its official party- this year in conjunction with BMI at Chelsea’s famed Marquee megaclub.

4 Times Square at 43rd Street, March 1-6

Known to be the truly experiential art fair, Spring Break moves to the old offices of Conde Nast for the curator-led fair bringing mini exhibitions based on the theme of “BLACK MIRROR.”

Art on Paper
Pier 26, 299 South Street (East River), March 2-5

The beauty, delicacy, and diversity of paper is celebrated in an entire art fair. Only in its third year, Art on paper has already proven to be a crowd pleaser- and throws a great opening party.

Clio Art Fair |
508-526 West 26th Street, March 2-5

Clio operates outside of the traditional art world rhetoric, calling itself an “anti-fair” amongst the fairs. Instead of playing the gallery game, the fair presents independent artists who are either not represented by galleries- or choose not to be represented by galleries, proving that art commerce has changed in the digital age.