Spring Art Fairs NYC
Feb 27 – March 1
ADAA Art Fair (Art Dealers Association of America)
The Armory Park Avenue
Park Avenue at 67th Street
Thursday – Friday: 12 to 8pm
Saturday: 12 to 7pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm
What is it: A serious-minded ‘boutique’ Fair aimed at fostering discussion amongst curators, collectors, artists and gallerists.
Pros: An opportunity to see artists’ work in the context of themed or solo booths. The Fair is often described as akin to a museum exhibition in which all of the work is for sale.
Cons: The emphasis on themes and single artist presentations, as well as the compact scale of the Fair (72 exhibitors) means less variety of work than The Armory Show.
March 4 – 8
The Armory Show
711 12th Avenue
Piers 90 + 94
Wednesday, March 4 (VIP Preview)
Thursday, March 5, 12-8 pm
Friday, March 6, 12-8 pm
Saturday, March 7, (11am-12noon VIP early access) 12-7 pm
Sunday, March 8, (11am-12noon VIP early access) 12-6 pm
What is it: The Fair that inspired all of the other Fairs. A curated fair featuring international galleries showing art from 20th and 21st century. Includes special sections dedicated to large-scale installations and performances (Platform); solo and dual-artist booths (Focus); galleries under 10-years old (Presents) and 20th century art viewed through contemporary themes (Perspectives).
Pros: A high-powered selection committee attracts established galleries and ensures a wide-ranging variety of quality and relevant artworks. This year the Fair features 178 galleries from 31 countries. As the first big fair of the year, galleries bring the best new works by their star artists.
Cons: Big! Allow 90 minutes at least. Not the cheapest – although works for under $10k can be found.
March 4 – 8
639 West 46th Street @12th Avenue,
(6 minute walk from The Armory Show).
Guest of Honor & Press Preview
Wednesday, March 4, 4 – 6 pm (VIP preview)
Wednesday, March 4, 6 – 9pm
Thursday, March 5, 12 – 8pm
Friday March 6, 12 – 8pm
Saturday, March 7, 12 – 8pm
Sunday, March 8, 12 – 5pm
What is it: Launched in New York in 2008, this fair celebrates the experience of ‘discovery’ through its presentation of new and emerging artists and smaller galleries. A boutique fair with around 50 exhibitors, this year it debuts a new venue after the regular venue, Pier 90, forced cancellation last year through being structurally unsound.
Pros: A chance to pick up some wonderful work by emerging artists at accessible prices.
Cons: Can feel a little haphazard compared to the others, but the Fair has a new owner this year and so changes are expected.
March 5 – 8
Spring Street Studios,
50 Varick Street,
Thursday, March 5, 11am-8pm (VIP Preview)
Friday, March 6, 12-7pm
Saturday, March 7, 12-7pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12-6pm
What is it: Many Armory Show gallery defectors prefer the Independent Fair for its relaxed vibe and focus on the most talked-about art of the moment. Around 70 exhibitors occupy several floors of a light-filled warehouse building with the lack of formal booth walls creating an airy, open-plan experience.
Pros: The quality of the art shown is consistently high across the full range of emerging to established artists. Good price range span.
Cons: It’s a 20+ minute taxi ride from the other Fairs and so necessitates extra planning. It can get very hot if the sun is shining – all those warehouse windows!