Art show guide to Arts Week in New York City
Our guide to the top art fairs during Arts Week
Tue Mar 4 2014
Whether you’re a serious collector or a casual art fan, this vast fair, run by the Art Dealers Association of America, offers the chance to peruse some of the world’s most impressive museum-quality pieces on the market. More than 70 exhibitions feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and multimedia works, dating from the 19th century to the present.
The megafair returns, with exhibitors of contemporary and modern art divided, respectively, between Piers 92 and 94. This year's event features a specially curated section devoted to Chinese contemporary art, featuring 16 galleries from Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Founded in 2006 as an alternative art fair, Fountain—which takes its name from Duchamp's urinal readymade—has been situated in the same location where the artist's Nude Descending a Staircase made its famous New York debut in 1913. Fountain has worked mightily to project the same spirit, even as it has grown closer to institutional status. But it's still a lot of fun, and remains the one art fair that emphasizes performance art along with other mediums.
In its 14th year, SCOPE New York's 2014 edition features more than 50 contemporary art galleries from around the world, as well as additional venues taking part in SCOPE's Breeder Program, which welcomes start-up venues to the art-fair scene. SCOPE returns to last year's location, in the old mail-sorting room of the former James Farley Post Office, across the street from Madison Square Garden.
Billing itself as the "invitational show of emerging solo artists' projects," VOLTA NY's seventh edition includes 90 galleries from 30 countries, each presenting the work of a single artist. The show's organizers also promise larger booths and wider aisles this year.
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