Armory Week’s namesake event started life in 1995 as a funky gathering of young downtown dealers at the Gramercy Park Hotel, and has since grown into one of the art world’s biggest events. At the Javits Center this year, The Armory Show will see 157 art galleries showing off the latest trends in contemporary art, but also presenting art that explores issues of racial and social justice, climate change, globalism, identity and other timely themes. The Javits Center; September 10-12; Friday and Saturday noon-8; Sunday noon-7pm. Tickets are $35-$65.
It's Armory Week—the closest thing the New York art world has to Fashion Week—which brings a stampede of collectors, curators, artists and dealers (including, of course, those from Chelsea, Uptown and Lower East Side galleries) to the city. Thousands of them from all over the world rush in for a confluence of art fairs featuring modern and contemporary art of all stripes. For the general public, Armory Week—which takes its name from The Armory Show—offers the perfect opportunity to discover the latest trends in art. There’s tons to see, and taking it all in can be exhausting, but there’s a fair for everyone’s taste. To help you find one that suits yours, we offer this handy guide of the best things to do during Armory Week.
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