Arts Week guide

The contemporary art world coalesces around NYC for the next week---here are the highlights.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy of Art Projx

    "K" by Shoja Azari, 2002

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Art Projx

    "Civil Defense Small Claims Court (I Didn't Know Anything)" by Frederick Hayes, 2010

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

    Blue Flame by Christensen Dan

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

    Vanilla Blue by Christensen Dan, 1998

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Galleria d'Arte Maggiore

    I gladiatori by Giorgio de Chirico

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Galleria d'Arte Maggiore

    Muse inquietanti by Giorgio de Chirico

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Galleria d'Arte Maggiore

    Piazza d'Italia con Arianna by Giorgio de Chirico

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Casa Triangulo

    Untitled by Sandra Cinto, 2011

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Casa Triangulo

    Untitled by Sandra Cinto, 2011

  • Detail from Disclaimers by Valeska Soares, 2010

  • Disclaimers by Valeska Soares, 2010

  • A Tree of 40 Fruit by Van Aken

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

    Natural History by Eduardo Berliner

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Armory Show

Photograph: Courtesy of Art Projx

"K" by Shoja Azari, 2002

The Armory Show and the Armory Show–Modern


What is it? The Armory Show is the hottest, snootiest and most overwhelming contemporary art experience in town during Arts Week: Gawk at work pimped out by the 275 galleries participating this year, hailing from Amsterdam, L.A., Beijing and beyond. You'll want a pair of good walking shoes: The main Armory Show dominates Pier 94, dedicated solely to cutting-edge material. Pier 92 houses the Armory Show Modern, where slightly older work and pieces from the secondary market will be on display. But be warned: On busy weekend hours, you'll most likely have to wait in long lines to enter.


What's special this year? The focus is Latin America, and 18 booths from Bogot, Colombia; Mexico City; So Paulo; and a host of other cities vying for your attention on Pier 94 (take a hard left when you enter). Don't miss the Armory's off-site Artprojx Cinema at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (333 W 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, artprojx.com/cinema), where you can watch more than 80 short films and videos submitted by major galleries. Check out "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then," by Andrew Edlin Gallery's Brent Green (Thursday 3 at 5:45pm), or Jesper Just's, "Sirens of Chrome," from Copenhagen's Galleri Christina Wilson on Friday 4 at 11:30am.


Get me there! Pier 92 (Modern) and 94 (IFNA): Twelfth Ave between 52nd and 55th Sts (212-645-6440, thearmoryshow.com). Mar 3–5 noon–8pm, Mar 6 noon–7pm. $30 per day, students $10, combination day pass with the Armory Show and Volta NY $40, four-day pass $60. Shuttles run between the Armory Show and VOLTA NY. Preview party and benefit: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (moma.org/armoryshow2011). Mar 2 8:30–11:30pm, $100 and up (includes Armory Show preview access 5–9pm and entry to the party).


Next: Scope Art Fair


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