The Armory Show
Even if you’re not a seasoned art fly, you’ve heard of it. It’s New York’s most well-known art fair and should be seen for that reason alone. (See our list of nine standouts here). For thirty dollars, you’ll get to witness a totally different kind of March madness, the courtship between some of the world’s biggest galleries and biggest spenders. And if you aren’t part of that club, check out the free posters in the Nordic pavilion and take home some more reasonably priced work.
Piers 92 & 94 – Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10th
12pm to 8 pm
Sunday, March 11, 12pm to 7 pm
General Admission $30
Founded in 2010 by, among others, gallerist Elizabeth Dee and White Columns director Matthew Higgs, as a venue for those who were disillusioned by the Armory’s exponential growth. It’s purported to be all about engagement and community rather than sales. Compared to the uptown fairs (ADAA and Armory), expect the bags to be more tote than Hermes. The participating galleries are younger, and the crowd will probably be, too.
548 W 22nd St.
Saturday March 10: 11am – 8pm
Sunday March 11: 11am – 4pm
Admission is free
The Dependent is a knock-off of a knock-off, but it’s totally tongue-in-cheek. This fair is not only the shortest of the weekend, (it’s only open for 8 hours on Saturday), but it will also probably be the most—and sloppiest–fun. Only in its second year, Dependent is hosted in a Comfort Inn, and participating galleries take over a single room wherein work is installed among the bed, dressers and showers. Last year there were so many people that it was difficult to see much art, but, then again, that is always the marker of a successful opening.
The Comfort Inn
136 Ludlow Street
Saturday, March 10: 12 – 8 P.M.
Admission is free
Fountain Art Fair
Fountain Art Fair, known for its delightfully rebellious tendencies and inclination to challenge the status quo, (according to their website) will run at the 69th Regiment Armory, and will have showings not only by small galleries, but art collectives as well. We’ve never been to this fair, but it’s named after Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” sculpture, and will probably have a pretty heavy Brooklyn contingent with the focus more on street art.
69th Regiment Armory – 68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
Saturday, March 10, 7–11pm – Art For Progress presents: Saturday Night
Party and a night of multimedia art
General Hours: Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 1pm–7pm
$10 day pass / $15 weekend pass at the door
Spring/Break Art Show
This is a show run by curators rather than galleries, and takes place at Old School, a 15,000 square-foot former Catholic school. Art will be installed in the classrooms, hallways, stairwells, etc. The theme this year is “Apocalist: A Brief History of the End”, and artists from Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Gowanus, and Bushwick will be featured. There will also be a do-it-yourself section, where you can make your own “The End is Near” sign, for broadcasting your true feelings about the impending apocalypse. Sign up here for a guided art tour via Segway.
Old School, 233 Mott Street
March 8 – 10, 2012 | Noon – 9pm
Sunday, March 11 | Noon -6pm
$5 at door