The 30th edition of the Art Dealers Association of America’s annual art fair features works by many of the familiar blue-chip names, but there are also some surprises to be found ambling the aisles.
The toniest fair of the spring season returns, one week ahead of the Armory Week deluge, for its 30th edition.
Women artists are ubiquitous at the most august of the week’s art fairs, from canonical figures like Lee Krasner and Lee Bontecou to lesser-known figures like Zilia Sánchez and Evelyn Statsinger.
Our handy guide to this week’s 11 art fairs in New York City, from the august ADAA Art Show to the diminutive Salon Zürcher, supplemented with animated GIFs.
Like a noble grizzly emerging, famished and irritable, from her den after months of hibernation, the New York art world is roaring aggressively into action for the annual Armory Week fairs.
The Art Show has been hosted by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) for the last 23 years, reigning supreme as the longest running national art fair. The ADAA consists of 175 galleries but only seventy exhibitors enrolled this year, excluding stunners like Andrea Rosen, Betty Cunningham, PPOW and Gavin Brown. A large majority of the participants are located uptown between 50th Street and 90th Street. The generalized content (“cutting-edge, 21st century works” and “museum quality pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries”) and my fears of dated academia prepped me for the deflated viewing that was The Art Show. The ADAA’s Executive Director spoke to the “calm and intimate atmosphere” of The Art Show. Although the Park Avenue Armory’s soaring “balloon shed” construction is partially responsible, the cavalcade of elderly patrons weren’t exactly rambunctious. The air-kisses exchanged between crotchety senior citizens summoned a swinger’s club way past its prime.