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The best art fairs to see during Armory Week

Check out the best fairs and events to see during Armory Week, the art world’s answer to Fashion Week.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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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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Best things to do during Armory Week

This self-style anti-fair art fair features curated presentations of artists who are currently not represented by a gallery. This year’s edition, September 8-12 at 550 West 29th Street, will feature a special section dedicated to “the human being - screen society relationship” with “Maybe I am Your Mother: Who is generating Who?” curated by Asya Rotella. Participating artists include Erika Ehrman, Formento & Formento, Jay Martin, Vikki Michalios, Robert Obier, Jason Piken, Carmine Santaniello and Denny Theocharakis, who are among the 50 indy artists slated to showcase work. Tickets are $55 for the VIP Opening Reception, $35 for the Art Lovers Networking Brunch, $20 for general admission and just $10 for students/seniors.

Superfine
Photograph: Dolly Faibyshev, courtesy Superfine

Superfine

Superfine boasts accessible pricing and representation of LBGTQ+ artistsartists of color, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. This year, see work by more than 135 artists at The Market Line (202 Broome Street) September 15-18, with the majority priced from $50 to $3,000. General access is $35, VIP access is $70 and Superstar Access is $175 (with discounts if you snag tix before September 18).

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If you’re looking for just one fair where you can find the latest in contemporary art, the place to go is the Independent Art Fair’s new Independent 20th Century. The new fair is dedicated to “revising the canon of 20th Century art” and will feature 70 artists from over 30 galleries, 16 of which are making their Independent debut. The fair, which runs September 8-11, aims to highlight artists who have been historically overlooked. Tickets to the fair at Cipriani South Street start at $66. 

 

So often, these art fairs feel unattainable. The Affordable Art Fair is focused on bringing art to those who might not otherwise be able to afford artwork, and this year, it’ll have 400 artists showcased by 60 galleries. This year, don’t miss Trade Hours, where accredited interior designers and decorators, architects, art consultants and their clients get free access to the fair. If you have young kids, stop by during Stroller Hours, a family-friendly hour dedicated to parents and little ones. It’s happening again at Metropolitan Pavilion, September 22-25. Tickets are $30-$85.

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