Friday, January 14, 2011

New Art Fair, Art Brooklyn, Launching in Dumbo this Armory Week

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

111 Front Street in Dumbo

Yesterday ArtsBeat's Carol Vogel reported that Verge, which runs satellite art fairs for galleries and emerging artists alongside major fairs in Miami, Basel and New York, will move its Armory Week (March 3-6) fair from Midtown to Dumbo this year, re-launching it as Art Brooklyn, our borough's first major art fair.

Of course, Verge was already dominated by Brooklyn galleries last year, including Williamsburg's Front Room, Gitana Ross and Slate, NURTUREart in Bushwick and Corridor in Fort Greene, amongst others, though now there will presumably be an even more deliberate Brooklyn focus.

The entire fair, from what we can tell, will take place on the second floor at 111 Front Street (pictured), where the lion's share of Dumbo's galleries are located. (What they will do during the fair isn't exactly clear, although there tend to be quite a few vacancies up there at any given time.) Art Brooklyn is taking applications from galleries and individual artist projects through February 1st, with quite low rates of $1,950 per 200 square feet for the former, and even cheaper $500 per 100 square feet for the latter. There's also an open call for artists to submit work for a juried exhibition.

Expect some excellent parties, too: their sponsors are a bunch of alcohol companies and Cirque du Soleil. So, yeah, finally some Armory Week fun that you don't have to trek to some awful part of Midtown to enjoy/endure.

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