Your Art Fair Guide for Armory Week 2017

It’s Armory Week and that means gaggles of art fairs will be taking place across New York City.  It’s going to be a whirlwind of amazing art from all over the world, informative talks and lots of Art Star Selfies.  We don’t suggest you try to tackle every fair, choose the ones that interest you the most and pace yourself. Fair fatigue is real–trying to see more art than your brain can process at one time will just ruin the whole experience. Trust us on this… Oh, and by all means, wear comfortable shoes.

1. Armory Show

The Armory Show is the daddy of all the fairs.  It’s the big Kahuna with over 200 galleries showing on Piers 92 & 94 for four days of incredible art, engaging talks and daring projects. Walking through both piers can be exhausting, take breaks, and check your coat.  The coat line is so long – one would think they were giving out free drinks – but it’s worth the hands-free next few hours.

Your Art Fair Guide for Armory Week 2017

Photograph by Teddy Wolff | Courtesy of The Armory Show

March 2–5, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 12–8pm
Friday, March 3, 12–8pm
Saturday, March 4, 12–7pm
Sunday, March 5, 12–6pm
Pier 94 and Pier 92, 711 12th Avenue between West 55th Street and West 52nd Street
$47 general admission, or $60 with VOLTA admission


2. Volta NY

Volta is Armory’s sister fair – one that keeps getting better in terms of curation.  Its’ art boutique feel is a refreshing change from the chaos that will be happening at Pier 92 & 94 with the Armory crowd. By spotlighting artists through primarily solo projects, VOLTA NY refocuses the art fair experience back to its most fundamental point: the artists and their works.

The Volta fair takes place at Pier 90. Photo: David Williams, courtesy Volta.

The Volta fair takes place at Pier 90.
Photo: David Williams, courtesy Volta.


MARCH 2–5, 2017

THURSDAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 2 – 4, 12 – 8 pm | SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 12 – 5 pm

Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 48th Street
$22.96 general admission, or $55.11 with Armory Show admission


3. Spring Break Art Show

Spring/Break is one of the Armory Week attractions I try not to miss, it unapologetically has fun with art – blocking out the cynical in favor of its ‘Look at what I did Ma’ art school vibe.  This years curatorial theme is BLACK MIRROR – exhibiting  autobiographical artworks that engage, defy or uphold the idea that art should ‘hide the artist’.  The fair has moved from Moynihan Station to a their New Location, 4 Times Square, NYC (entrance on 43rd Street). Hopefully, the new space retains that feeling of being sent off to the races – with a familiar three-floor execution of exhibits – room after room of romping and art browsing. The rooms can be a showdown of hit-or-miss aesthetics, but I continue to enjoy the discovery beyond each door.


March 2–7
Skylight at Moynihan Station, 421 8th Avenue at West 31st Street
Wednesday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Monday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
$15 general admission


4. Scope

SCOPE NY brings an array of contemporary art from the hottest new artists on the scene. SCOPE used to be close to Armory – there was nothing like being able to stroll, and not UBER to the main fair. The 17th edition of SCOPE returns to a new Chelsea location at Metropolitan Pavilion, the venue will host 60 international galleries and a focused schedule of special events, performances and talks.

Erik Jones, Joseph Gross Gallery

Erik Jones, Joseph Gross Gallery

March 3–5, 2017
Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion West 60 galleries, 639 W 46th Street
$25 general admission


5. Art on Paper

Art on Paper returns to Manhattan’s Lower East Side in March 2016, building on the success of the fair’s inaugural 2015 edition. It may be further away from the main fair, but it’s well worth the trip to see how artists are transforming paper into extraordinary works of art.  We’re especially looking forward to the lineup from exhibitors Paradigm Gallery + Studio, representing our home base, Philadelphia, PA.

Courtesy of Art on Paper

Courtesy of Art on Paper

March 2–5
Opening Night – Thursday 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pier 36, 299 South Street on the East River
$25 general admission


6. ADAA Art Show

29th edition, of the Art Dealers Association of America’s annual fair, is back at that glorious Park Avenue Armory space.  With 72 exhibitors of fine art.  The 2017 show will include a number of first-time exhibitors, including Fergus McCaffrey, who will present works by Viennese artist Birgit Jürgenssen; James Fuentes, who will juxtapose works by Tamuna Sirbiladze and Noam Rappaport; Hosfelt Gallery, who will highlight four decades of work by Argentinian artist Liliana Porter; and Casey Kaplan, who will present paintings by American artist Sarah Crowner.

Courtesy of the ADAA

Courtesy of the ADAA

March 1–6
Wednesday–Friday 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at East 67th Street
$25 general admission


7. Independent

Don’t’ go looking for the Independent in Chelsea, the fair has taken up residence in Tribeca’s Spring Studios.  The popular fair’s niche market is international galleries and non-profit institutions.

March 3–5, 2017
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m (VIP); Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00p.m.
Spring Street Studios, 50 Varick Street
$25 general admission/$15 for students


8. Clio Art Fair

CLIO ART FAIR is a curated fair created with the idea of discovering independent artists and showcasing the careers and achievements of already affirmed creative minds. Labeled the “anti-fair for independent artists,” Clio provides a showcase for artists without gallery representation, selected for inclusion in the fair by a panel of judges.
March 3–6
Thursday 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
508–526 West 26th St.