This year for the first time in… forever, art-loving Brooklynites won’t have to trek repeatedly to the far West Side of Manhattan to attend all the Armory Week fairs on the first weekend of March. Nor will they have to spend any money to attend Art Brooklyn, the first BK-based Armory Week fair, which has announced details of its Dumbo takeover and no-fee admission policy.
The centerpiece of the fair, where participating local and international galleries will have their booths, is the large, empty storefront space at 81 Front Street on the corner of Washington (pictured at top). The current list of exhibitors, expected to expand, includes Chelsea and Brooklyn galleries, as well as participants from London, Chicago, Tokyo and Seoul.
Down the block in the gallery building at 111 Front Street< the survey exhibition "Brooklyn Art Now" (curated by Loren Munk/James Kalm) will feature works from about forty local artists represented by Brooklyn galleries, including Famous Accountants and English Kills in Bushwick, Parker's Box, Like the Spice and Front Room in Williamsburg and 440 Gallery and Open Source in Park Slope.
Spaces on the fourth floors of 55 Washington Street and 20 Jay Street will host site-specific projects and installations by local and international artists. Finally, on the third floor at 20 Jay there will be an open call exhibition of young local artists. So, yeah, plenty to keep you in Dumbo all Armory Week—although you’ll also have to go to Midtown West at some point, sorry.