Armory Arts Week draws the world’s top collectors, big names in finance, and celebs for close to a dozen art fairs, anchored by the largest gathering, the Armory Show. This week kicks off the international spring art season not only with the wide-ranging fairs but also with numerous gallery exhibit and museum openings.
Why it’s a must: New York’s largest art confab is a magnet for the billionaire art-collecting crowd. Think Art Basel Miami but without palm trees. Who goes: Über-collectors like David Geffen and Aby Rosen, such art world heavyweights as private art adviser Kim Heirston, and MOMA’s Glenn Lowry, stylish galleristas, and art-obsessed celebs like Steve Martin, Anderson Cooper, and George Lucas.
What to look for at this year’s show: Major installations (they’ll be hard to miss!) as a new sector, Platform, curated by Eric Shiner, will feature large-scale artworks by Ai WeiWei, Jun Kaneko, Ivan Navarro, and others across the Pier 92 and Pier 94 spaces. Jeffrey Deitch recreates Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon, which generated a lot of art-world buzz when he introduced it at the Gramercy International Art Fair in 1995. (Stettheimer was a painter and famous salonista, who hosted Mod- ernist greats like Marcel Duchamp and Georgia O’Keefe.) Deitch will use a set designer to re-create the salon as it existed in the early part of the 20th century, but will highlight the space with contemporary works.
Lyndsey Ingram’s booth in the Insights sector will feature work by David Hockney created between 1961 and 1980, key years in the artist’s oeuvre that spanned the time he moved from the UK to Los Angeles. At Mayoral, the works of René Magritte, Alexander Calder, and Salvador Dalí will be showcased for a study of how dreams are presented in artistic contexts. New exhibitors: Vienna’s Galerie Krinzinger will present work by Chris Burden, Marina Abramovic, Kadar Attia, and Secundino Hernandez. Look for a dual booth juxtaposing pieces by James Turrell and Mary Corse at Kayne Gri n Corcoran. 11R | New York will feature an abstract exhibition with all-women artists—Marsha Cottrell, Aiko Hachisuka, Mariah Robertson, Jackie Saccoccio, and Mika Tajima.
VIP preview day (invitation only): Wednesday, March 1
Where: Piers 92 and 94, 755 12th Avenue at 55th Street; March 2–5; thearmoryshow.com.
Why it’s a must: For the inventive curatorial concepts and presenta- tions. (The show is presented by the Art Dealers Association of America.)
Who goes: Big names in art and society like Leonard and Judy Lauder; the billionaire set’s favorite architect Thierrry Despont (he did Bill Gates’ mega-manse); Barnes and Nobles’ Leonard Riggio; nancial guru Alexandra Lebenthal.
What to look for at this year’s show: David Zwiner’s new paintings on canvas and on paper by Chris Ofili; the Jill Newhouse Gallery’s presentation of paintings and works on paper by post-Impressionist Édouard Vuillard. A number of exhibits will feature Latin American and Mexican art. For example, the Hosfelt Gallery showcases Argentine artist Liliana Porter and the Galerie Lelong, Cuban artist Zilia Sanchez. CRG Gallery will present a solo exhibition of works by Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha and Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art will have selections from modern Mexican painter Ru no Tamayo, abstract expressionist and surrealist Roberto Matta, Afro-Cuban painter Wifredo Lam, and Uruguayan-Catalan modernist Joaquín Torres García.
Other shows of note during Armory week include: Art on Paper (thepaperfair.com), March 2–7, at Pier 36, focuses on paper- based (natch!) art from 75 international galleries. Independent (independenthq.com/2017), March 2–7 at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, will host both U.S. and international galleries, including such no- table names as GavinBrown,Lehmann MaupinnNewYork,and Galerie Perrotin. Moving Image New York (moving-image.info), February 27– March 2, deals with video art, experimental film, and time-based instal- lations and sculptures. NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance, newartdealers .org), March 2–5, at Skylight Clarkson North, 572 Washington Street, presents emerging and contemporary artists. Scope (scope-art.com), March 2–5, at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., shows emerging artists and galleries and multi-platform works. Spring/Break Art Show (springbreakartshow.com), March 1–6, is an exhibition plat- form working with underused historic New York City spaces for the purpose of helping artists reimagine the art market’s traditional cul- tural landscape. Volta NY ny.voltashow.com), March 1–5, at Pier 90, is an invitational solo-project fair for contemporary art.