From September 9 - 12, New York City was abuzz with the return of the Armory Show and Independent, two of the most prominent fairs in the industry. Fall is traditionally the busiest season for the art world, and this year was no exception with many art goers trying to make up for lost time.
When it opens in its new location at the Javits Center on September 9, The Armory Show will have close to 200 exhibitors—more than it had last year.
For the first time at a major art fair, NFT’s, a phenomenon spurred on by COVID, take center stage, which means art lovers who’ve spent the past year and a half looking at art on their screens, can now look at it on a screen in public!
Perhaps in an effort to address the scandal, this year’s projects cover wide-ranging social and environmental issues, exploring “themes of land rights and ownership, the desert as a border, migration, water exploitation, social justice, racial narratives of the west, the gendered landscape, and the role of women and young people.”
When the Outsider Art Fair (OAF) opens on January 29, it will have a decidedly post-pandemic stride.
From the plastic flute of sparkling wine guests are offered as soon as they enter the fair, to the bubbly energy coming from viewers and the club music pumping from some of the booths, you know you are not at Independent any longer.
Together with ever-exciting and stimulating artworks, the “who’s who” of the art world were on view at the VIP preview of the most cherished and revered of New York art fairs, Independent.
SPRING/BREAK is the youngest, funnest, more affordable and most claustrophobic of the Armory Week fairs.
On a sunny spring-like day, amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and resulting omnipresence of hand sanitizer pump bottles, The Armory Show successfully kicked off The Armory Week, the annual cluster of New York art fairs running from March 4–9. Known to many as the “essential New York art fair,” The Armory Show returns to Manhattan’s Piers 90 and 94 on March 5, featuring 183 galleries from 32 countries as well as 33 first-time exhibitors.
Featuring 72 selected exhibitors from its 180 gallery members in 30 American cities, the annual fair is one of the most anticipated events of the new art season.