Monday, March 4, 2013

This Week's Must-See Art Events: Which Art Fair Is Right For You?

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Liz Magic Lasers Armory Focus Group, Image courtesy of Animal New York
  • Liz Magic Laser's "Armory Focus Group," Image courtesy of Animal New York

This week, you're going to the art fairs. Our own Paul D’Agnostino has already compiled a round up of critical opinions on the subject, but here’s a quick outline to help you identify where you should go this week.

Daniel J. Wilsons Nixon hood ornament (Image courtesy of Daniel J. Wilson)
  • Daniel J. Wilson's Nixon hood ornament (Image courtesy of Daniel J. Wilson)

How to get there
Performance: 9Y40, March 6th — 10th

Artist Daniel J. Wilson will give you a free ride-as-art to the fairs in his yellow cab! There, he’ll be exhibiting his sound piece, a collage of passenger conversations he’s secretly recorded while driving the night shift. We’ll reserve our qualms about his spy tactics until we hear it.
Contact info at danieljwilson.com to book a ride, and look for an off-duty cab with the Richard Nixon hood ornament.

Fun! The Armory Show, Image courtesy of the Armory Show
  • Fun! The Armory Show, Image courtesy of the Armory Show

The Armory: March 7th-10th

The granddaddy of them all, this fair put Gagosian in its emerging highlights platform. Expect such delusions to be rightly challenged by commissioned artist Liz Magic Laser.

While the Armory’s blue-chip exhibitors make this obligatory for us and spectacle for everyone else, the “contemporary” section on Pier 94 balances out with more emerging galleries like DODGE, On Stellar Rays, and Suzanne Geiss. It’s also your chance to rubberneck contemporary art from a wide range of foreign exhibitors. I recommend Copenhagen’s Galleri Bo Bjerggaard.

Don’t confuse “contemporary” with “modern,” though, which means work that’s been informed by the early 20th century; that’s on Pier 92.
General Admission $30, Students $10
Piers 92/94: 711 12th Avenue, Manhattan

The Park Avenue Armory. Image courtesy of the Armory.
  • The Park Avenue Armory. Image courtesy of the Armory.

ADAA: March 6th — 10th

Here’s your opportunity to sample all of Chelsea in one space. The ADAA (Art Dealers’ Association of America) will survey esteemed member galleries like Tanya Bonakdar, Metro Pictures, and Gladstone, and 2013 Armory Show drop-outs Paul Kasmin and CRG, whose absence will leave behind a big hole.
Park Avenue Armory at Park Avenue and 67th Street
Tickets: $25
Wednesday—Saturday: 12 to 8pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm


Janet Biggs, Airs Above The Ground, Winkleman Gallery. (Image courtesy of Sean Capone for Art Fag City)
  • Janet Biggs, "Airs Above The Ground", Winkleman Gallery. (Image courtesy of Sean Capone for Art Fag City)

Moving Image: March 7th — 10th

Ed Winkleman’s applauded video fair immediately became a must-attend when it began in 2011 for its solid contributors, a relaxed atmosphere, and lots of space: a trifecta you will find nowhere else this week. Expect to hear a lot about this one, as Postmasters will present a festival of net artist vines, curated by bloggers Marina Galperina and Kyle Chayka, and Nighthawk will choose three films from Moving Image to screen this spring.
And they’re sponsored by vodka!
Tickets: Free
Waterfront Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue
Thursday — Saturday, March 7-9, 2013 : 11:00 am — 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2013 : 11:00 am — 4:00 pm


Last years Independent Art Fair, Image courtesy of Julia Halperin.
  • Last year's Independent Art Fair, Image courtesy of Julia Halperin.

The Independent: March 7 — 10

The Independent, the fair with no booths, was by far a favorite last year. In addition to the extra sunlight and calm created by the open space, this fair has a quiet, sexy intellectualism that you’ll typically find at exhibitors such as Gavin Brown, The Kitchen, Printed Matter, Berlin’s Galerie Neu, and London’s Stuart Shave. Mmmm. Stuart Shave. I found intense, thoughtful activist work last year at Mexico City’s Labor Gallery (though, bummer, it represents almost exclusively men). Still, save this fair for last. It’s a much-needed relief.
Tickets: ? no price listed
548 West 22nd Street
Thurs 4pm — 9pm
Fri- Sat 11am — 8pm
Sun 11am — 5pm

William Rahillys Still from Viand, 2012, video. (Image courtesy of Alanna Martinez, Artinfo)
  • William Rahilly's "Still from Viand," 2012, video. (Image courtesy of Alanna Martinez, Artinfo)

Spring/Break: March 7 - 10

This new “curator-driven” fair offers a “break” from the typical model (quotes theirs), with a fair in one of the city’s oldest school houses. While that’s actually pretty on-trend with the Dependent's hotel rooms, the Independent's no walls, and the Moving Image's all-video fair, you will find a range here. The show includes curators more devoted to the emerging scene, from NURTUREArt’s Marco Antonini and Interstate Projects’ Tom Weinrich to blue chip dealer Simon Lee and art marketing strategist Maureen Sullivan, previously of Creative Time. I have no idea what this will look like, but Hyperallergic’s Liz Filardi sounded blithely neutral about it last year.
Old School, 233 Mott Street, NYC
Noon - 9pm
Admission Fee: $5 at door or Suggested Donation with VIP Pass.
Proceeds go to support future programming at Old School.


Yarnbombing by Olek at the 2011 Scope. (Image courtesy of Art Fag City)
  • Yarnbombing by Olek at the 2011 Scope. (Image courtesy of Art Fag City)

Scope: March 6th — 10th

Year after year, Art Fag City leaves Scope with the impression that it’s tired fair with bland work and an ever-rotating list of bad exhibitors. This year they managed to get Allegra LaViola, though; let’s hope they stick with that direction.
We keep coming back because Scope annually provides exposure to new galleries, which makes it obligatory in our book. We’re also going to meet @adev9, who’s been pretty on-point with her twitter criticism lately, and will be curating a group show including Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. She's reporting now that Nate Hill will be throwing candy there.
312 West 33rd Street, Manhattan
General $20, Student $15
Thurs - Sat 11am — 8pm
Sun 11am — 7pm


Voltas new Soho location, Image courtesy of Volta.
  • Volta's new Soho location, Image courtesy of Volta.

Volta: March 7th — 10th

Year after year, Volta touted the stuff-that-looks-like-art brand, angst, literalism, the pinnacle of cheese, and displayed it in a dimly lit, low-ceilinged space. It was the worst thing ever. But, as Brian Boucher noted in September, Volta’s move to a new building in Soho signalled a change in the winds; the space was owned by Merchandise Mart Properties, which put it up for sale soon after. So maybe this year will be better.
82 Mercer Street, Soho
Tickets: ? (not online)


Fountain, Miami 2011. Myk Henry performance through Grace Exhibition Space. (Image courtesy of Fountain)
  • Fountain, Miami 2011. Myk Henry performance through Grace Exhibition Space. (Image courtesy of Fountain)

Fountain: March 8th — 10th

Fountain channels the renegade spirit of street art into an art fair. Twenty mural-sized canvases will hang from rafters of the 69th Regiment Armory and visitors will rage to a musical line-up featuring Nina Sky and Baltimore rock bands Musa and Spank Rock. Go at night, and look out for Brooklyn exhibitors Fuchs, et al projects, Pratt, and Yes Gallery, to name a few.
Tickets: $10/day, $15 weekend pass
69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Ave & 25th St, NYC
Friday: 7PM - midnight, opening reception
Saturday: 12 — 7pm: Open to the public
7pm — Midnight: Saturday Night Event
Sunday: 12 — 5pm: Open to the public

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