It is not too late for you to be inspired by the volumes of modern and contemporary art being exhibited throughout NYC this week. After attending almost every show, I can summarize what’s hot & what’s not for you.
The Armory Show [the] armoryshow.com at 54th St and West Side Hwy, Pier 92 exquisite world class modern art, Pier 94 edgier, riskier contemporary art. 94 is milder than last year. Both excellent. Paul Morris and his team have produced a world class event. Your most chic, sexy designer outfit and Loboutin shoes for this one. And your feet will ache when you’re finished walking the Piers, but you’ll look great and that’s much more important. Besides…champagne bars throughout to ease the pain of looking so good.
ADAA The Art Show [artdealers.org] at the Park Avenue Armory – American Art Dealers only (must have US Passport to qualify) and among the more high end works of art. Very good. You can do it in under an hour. Upper East Side attire for this one.
The Scope Art Fair [scope-art.com] held at Lincoln Center half a block from Rosa Mexicana, on 62nd x Ninth Ave. Slightly more affordable art than the Art Show & Armory Shows and has a more “fun” vibe, allocate at least 45 minutes for this one. Attire-casual chic. Food & wine in the lounge and beautiful, affordable Prints for sale from the Lincoln Center archive in the VIP Room in the back.
Pool Art Fair – Emerging & unrepresented artists at the Gershwin Hotel. Located next to the Museum of Sex on Madison x 27th St. Here you can find works in the $500 range. There are some “eye opening” “interesting” collaborative works and video art… A very funny and worthwhile aspect of POOL are the audience participatory rooms! Such as one where guests are encouraged to draw a picture of their family (crayons, markers, paper & clipboards provided) you will find yourself laughing aloud looking at these daily creations.
There seems to be wine offered in every room, so even if you attempt to race through this fair be prepared, you may find yourself seating down, drinking wine & getting into philosophical conversations here with an artist. Very casual and memorable. Food and drink on the first floor lobby bar.
Pulse Art Fair [pulse-art.com] located on 330 West St x West Houston. Casual Chic attire and allocate 45-60 minutes. Good galleries, some great galeries. Interesting works, prices from $500-$15K ish. Some of these galleries carry amazing works which aren’t being shown here, a handful of “solo shows” and my favorites were the Cuban artists, wow: surprising and thoughtful creations. And hang out with the tall curly blonde Director of Bitforms Gallery. Have him explain some of his works, esp the Pantone colors digital artwork on the flatscreen.
Red Dot Art Fair – George Billis Gallery produces this one and George always does a good job. It was the only fair I attended with free, delicious food. Smaller than the other fairs, and located across the street from Exit Art on 36th at 10th Avenue. Worth a stop in, and don’t miss the 5th and 6th floor galleries. Upstairs, I noticed one artist who paints swimmers which sell for $5Kish and look very, very similar to a San Francisco based artist whose works start at $50K. And another young artist who “Andy Warholized” a series of famous American Gangsters. Very funny. We all know someone who should have one or two of the gangsters. Lots of colors. Generally less “apocalyptic” art than some of the other fairs.
Others I hear are good are: Fountain Art Fair, Volta Art Fair (7 West 34th) and the New Museum exhibition (BoweryxPrince) and the Whitney Biennial.
Ann Lydecker is the Founder of Metropolitan Art Advisors, LLC. and is based in New York. She leads art collectors on trips around the world and has worked in almost every aspect of the art world. She is also in the process of writing a how to book about art collecting.