Your handy guide to NY Armory Week art fairs

It was a brisk 67 degrees when I stepped out of my apartment this morning, which can only mean one thing: Army Week is upon us. Whether you view the prospect of regular art fairs as a slumber party or a welcome opportunity to see a lot of art in a short amount of time—and let’s face it, for most of us it’s somewhere in between—you’ll likely need some kind of a guide to navigate everything. That’s where we come in! In addition to our more comprehensive roundup of September’s exhibitions and art events in New York, we’ve put together an easily digestible list of fairs to check out next week.

We’ve noted some special discounts for hyperallergic readers: you can get 20% off Armory Show tickets using discount code HYPER20, as well as 50% off Spring/Holiday Art Show (code HYPER502022) and Art on Paper (code HYPERALLERGIC) .

Finally, we’ve also got a great Google Map below, so you can walk from the Seaport District to Hudson Yards to Madison Avenue without freaking out. Happy skipping!

The gun show

It was at the legendary Armory Show more than 100 years ago that Marcel Duchamp shocked the public with his painting “Nude Descending Stairs, No. 2” (1912). Today, the fair, revived at the end of the last century by four New York art dealers, hosts some of the leading art galleries and attracts collectors from all over the world.

Art lovers have enjoyed its new home at the Javits Center, making the fair more convenient than ever. This year’s Gifts section is dedicated to galleries under 10, while two curated sections – Focus and Platform – will highlight Latin American and Latin American art. The first, organized by Carla Acevedo-Yates, takes an interdisciplinary approach to ecology, “focused on personal and political climates as they interact with race and gender,” while the second, curated by Tobias Ostrander, reimagines public monuments through large-scale installations and site-specific the object works.

Depending on the logic of the heroic monument, many of the projects seen at Platform will offer a fresh, revisionist look at the concept of historical memory and all that it has left out. For his installation Wild Flowers (2020), for example, Ivan Argote cast fragments of the George Washington statue on Wall Street and turned them into unusual pots; Carolina Caicedo’s poetic textile work “Muxeres en mi” (2019) celebrates Latin American and Latin American women artists, whose names she has embroidered onto clothing received from family members and friends.

This year, a new Armory Spotlight program will feature New York-based multidisciplinary performance and experimental art space The Kitchen, which will present rarely seen material from its archive dating back to its founding days as an artist collective in 1971.

A series of special events will accompany the art fair, including the fifth annual Curatorial Leadership Summit, chaired by Marie Carmen Ramirez, Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The meeting will host curators from around the world for a discussion on the differences and similarities between Latin American and Latin American art.

Along with the flagship fair, there are satellite art fairs throughout the city that attract galleries and art venues of all types to showcase the best and brightest.

You should definitely attend if you want to see what’s for sale in the art scene.
Javits Center (429 Eleventh Avenue, Midtown West, Manhattan)
September 9–11

Rebecca Morgan, Thieves in Underpants (after Diana and Actaeon) (2019), graphite on paper (Image courtesy of the artist and Spring Break Art Show)

Spring Break Art Show

Last year’s Spring Break Art Show featured sculptures made of bread and a makeshift gothic chapel built in a Bushwick studio, so naturally expectations are high for next week’s show, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the delightfully eccentric fair. Thematically Naked lunchthe 11th iteration in New York invites “new portraits, complex realism, updates to the artist’s eye, a “Renaissance” approach to multimedia, poetics and issues of objectification, and many happy Hellenistic returns.” Expect a vibrant community of artists, friends, and freaks creating works refreshingly outside the mainstream art world.
625 Madison Avenue, 10th and 11th Floors, Midtown East, Manhattan
September 7–12

Stacy Lee Weber, We the People: Cops and Robbers (2022), hand-stitched paper currency, 27 x 18.5 inches (image courtesy of Bertrand Productions)

Art on paper

If the term “works on paper” makes you think of prosaic watercolor landscapes and haphazardly sketched charcoal sketches, well, you’ve obviously never been to Art on Paper. The fair has been praised for testing the boundaries of the universal medium year after year, showcasing not only wall-hanging art, but also sculpture and even performance art. One hundred galleries will exhibit modern and contemporary paper work at this year’s New York edition. Note Bang Geul Han’s series of tapestries woven from legal documents on topics including abortion and immigration, and Stacey Lee Webber’s hand-stitched paper coins.
Pier 36 (299 South Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
September 8–11

Juanita McNeely, “On the Edge” (early 1970s), oil on linen, 89 x 60 x 2 inches (image courtesy of James Fuentes and Independent New York)

Independent 20th century

Take a look at the Independent’s list of exhibitors for its upcoming edition, and it may look a little different from previous years, dotted with galleries that aren’t exclusively focused on the emerging to mid-career category that tends to be its bread and butter. That’s because this fall, the fair launched “Independent 20th Century,” dedicated to works created between 1900 and 2000. This chapter of art history is far from ignored by scholars and critics—if anything, it’s theorized to the point of exhaustion – but many of his artists have been forgotten or left out of the narrative and fair hopes of introducing lesser-known contemporary names. Don’t miss James Fuentes Gallery’s solo booth featuring tantalizing somatic paintings by Juanita McNeely, whose work explores her personal experiences with abortion before Roe v. Wadeamong other chillingly resonant themes.
Cipriani South Street (10 South Street, Financial District, Manhattan)
September 8–11

Clio Art Fair

If even a spring break art show is too stagey for you, then the Clio Art Fair might be right up your street. Billing itself as an independent-minded “anti-fair,” the biennial, biannual show was created to empower independent international artists who are not exclusively represented by any gallery in New York or Los Angeles. This year’s edition will feature a special section curated by Asya Rotela exploring the relationship between people and screens, disturbingly titled Maybe I’m your mother.
Five Five Zero (550 West 29th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
September 8–11

Hrag Vartanian contributed to this article.

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