It's that time of year when NYC become ground zero for major art fairs. New York is home to the biggest and best museums and galleries in the city and possibly the world, but this weekend there's a whole other level of excitement in the air as several major art fairs roll into town.
Urban Pop Life presents the line up of major fairs and events you don't wanna miss! There's a lot going on and I'm gonna try to present the best of the best without overwhelming you. Here we go.
The Armory Show 2009
The Armory Show - International Fair of New Art
MARCH 5-8, 2009
The Armory Show – The International Fair of New Art, has been the world's leading art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art since its introduction in 1999. The fair is the successor to the highly acclaimed Gramercy International Art Fairs that attracted thousands to their New York, Los Angeles and Miami shows between 1994 and 1998.
The Armory Show was first presented in February 1999 at the 69th Regiment Armory, the site of the now-legendary Armory Show of 1913 that introduced Modern art to America. The fair became part of the Merchandise Mart family in 2007.
The Armory Show - Modern
MARCH 5-8, 2009
The Armory Show – Modern is a new section dedicated to international dealers specializing in historically significant Modern and contemporary art. This new program is being held on Pier 92 concurrent with The Armory Show, The International Fair of New Art on Pier 94. With one admission ticket, visitors to The Armory Show on March 5 - 8 will now have access not only to the newest developments in the art world, but also to the masterpieces that heralded them.
Piers 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
The Armory Show 2009 Opening Day takes place Wednesday, March 4th for invited guests.
Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7 Noon to 8 pm
Sunday, March 8 Noon to 7 pm
Piers 92 & 94 are located on Manhattan's far West side on the Hudson River (Twelfth Avenue) at 55th Street in the Passenger Ship Terminal complex. The piers are easily accessible by public transportation, taxi, and private vehicle. The nearest subway stop is four cross-town blocks east at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue.
Shuttle Bus Service
Shuttles are available between The Armory Show on Piers 92 & 94 and VOLTA NY on 34th street near 5th Avenue.
Piers 92 & 94 can be reached by public transportation via the Eighth Avenue subway, E or C trains to 50th street, then via M50 bus line. The M50 bus runs West on 49th Street (to the pier) and East on 50th Street (from the pier) connecting at Eighth Avenue (E or C subway) and at Seventh Avenue (1 or 9 subway). Also, bus lines M16 and M42 provide service to 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue. For subway and bus information and schedules, call (718) 330-1234 or click here.
From the Lincoln Tunnel, take 42nd Street west to Twelfth Avenue. Continue north on Twelfth Avenue to Piers 92 & 94 (at the Passenger Ship Terminal). From the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, go west via 34th Street to Twelfth Avenue. Continue north to the piers (at the Passenger Ship Terminal). Access to the piers for private cars via at 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. All vehicles should follow signs for the Passenger Ship Terminal parking.
Admission tickets are available at the door during show hours.
General Admission US$30
Groups (10+) US$15
Run of Show Pass (4 day) US$60
The Armory Show/VOLTA Dual Pass US$40
Pulse New York
Mar 5-9, 2009 the art fairs invade the city. I will share information of each of the major fairs with you starting with Pulse. Pulse is a fair that focuses on Contemporary Art (that means art being made NOW!). I plan to attend several of the fairs and parties and hope to see some of you there as well. First up: Pulse.
PULSE NEW YORK, Mar 5-9, 2009
PULSE New York returns to Pier 40 following a record breaking 2008 fair, featuring a diverse list of premier, international galleries, and new installations and performances as part of its critically acclaimed series of cultural programming. The 2008 fair experienced solid sales and its highest New York attendance to date, with more than 12,000 visitors (up from 9,500 in 2007), including major collectors, art professionals and critics, attending the fair.
PULSE New York
353 West Street @ West Houston
New York, NY 10014
Thursday, March 5
Press and First Access
9am - 10am
VIP Private Preview 10am - 12pm
Open to public 12pm - 8pm
Friday, March 6 12pm - 8pm
Saturday, March 7 12pm - 8pm
Sunday, March 8 12pm - 5pm
General Admission $20.00
Group Discount $12.00
Photo by James Painter Belvin
NEW YORK- Building on Miami's overwhelming success, SCOPE launches its 2009 season with its flagship fair, SCOPE New York 09. SNY09, an invitation only edition of SCOPE art fairs, proudly returns to Manhattan's most famous cultural icon, Lincoln Center, with a glass facade pavilion situated in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, at the corner of 62nd Street and 10th Avenue. SCOPE New York is just blocks from the Armory Show and serviced daily by VIP Zipcars, shuttles and pedicabs.
Last year's fair featured galleries from four continents and 20 countries, including China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Spain, and Canada. SCOPE New York 2009's 50 invitees will uphold its unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. The fair opens to Press, SCOPE and Armory VIPs on Wednesday, March 4, 3-9pm with the FirstView benefit, a $100 charitable donation for all non-VIP cardholders.
Introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new audiences internationally has made SCOPE the most comprehensive destination for the emerging art world available anywhere. With art fairs in Miami, Basel, New York, London, and the Hamptons, SCOPE is proud to be an influential presence in the expanding global art market.
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
62nd Street and Amsterdam (10th Avenue)
New York, NY 10023
for all VIPs and press
or $100 donation at the door
Wednesday | March 4 | 3pm-9pm
Wednesday | March 4 | 6pm-9pm
RSVP to email@example.com
General Admission Fair Hours
Thursday | March 5 | noon - 8pm
Friday | March 6 | noon - 8pm
Saturday | March 7 | noon - 8pm
Sunday | March 8 | noon - 7pm
Free for VIP cardholders
FirstView | Wednesday Only | $100
General | Thursday - Sunday | $15
Student | Thursday - Sunday | $10
Opening Night Party
Friday | March 6 | The Plumm
246 W 14th St between 7th and 8th Avenues
Doors open at 9pm
Open Bar 9pm - 10pm
All are welcome
Take the 1 train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station or the 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle and proceed towards 62nd Street on Columbus Avenue.
VOLTA NY was the American incarnation of the successful young fair founded in Basel in 2005. VOLTA NY was conceived to continue the original mandate to create a tightly-focused, boutique affair that would be a place for discovery and concentrate on current and topical art production.
VOLTA NY 2008 introduced a new format with exclusively solo projects, conceived to complement the exciting program of art available during The Armory Arts Week. The Armory Show Executive Director Katelijne de Backer stated, "The VOLTA fair is one of these gems that has emerged on the art fair circuit in recent years and that no one can ignore. As we are part of the same family now, it was only obvious that we invite them to New York."
In 2009 VOLTA NY will be organized as an invitational curated show by the directorial team of art critic/curators Amanda Coulson (Executive Director) and Christian Viveros-Fauné (Curatorial Advisor). By putting the focus back on artists through exclusively featuring solo projects, VOLTA NY promotes a deep exploration of the work of its selected artists and galleries, an opportunity for discoveries that move beyond those afforded by a traditional art fair.
This year's show, entitled Age of Anxiety, will focus on areas currently underexposed by the art world (Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America), while also identifying trends that point towards newly critical aspects of emerging art. The show’s title—taken from W.H. Auden’s 1948 poem of the same name—suggests reexamination as well as novel imaginative departures that herald new beginnings.
VOLTA NY is located at 7W 34th Street, directly across from Manhattan's classic icon, The Empire State Building.
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Public Hours Daily
Thursday - Sunday, March 5th-8th, 2009
1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
7 West 34th Street
betw. 5th Ave. and 6th Ave.
Admission: Regular US$ 15 Reduced US$ 10
The Armory Show + VOLTA NY Combination Pass: US$ 40
The Armory Show and VOLTA NY mutually acknowledge each other's VIP cards and access to both fairs is allowed with either card.
A regular shuttle service will run every 20 mins to and from The Armory Show and VOLTA NY, from Thursday March 5th through Sunday March 9th, from 2 to 9 pm
The yellow N /Q/R/W line and orange B/D/F/V line stop directly at 34th St and 6th Ave./Broadway. Walk a half block east.
The green 6 line stops at 33rd and Park Ave (do not take 4/5, they are express!). Walk 2 1/2 blocks west.
For more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridge Art Fair
Following a highly acclaimed debut in 2008, Bridge New York '09 returns to the historic Waterfront Building, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea’s Gallery District. Taking place during the celebrated New York Armory Art Week, Bridge New York is noted as one of the most influential presenters of international emerging contemporary art, and it is a top destination for collectors, curators and arts patrons. Bridge New York '09 will feature over 50 exhibitors, a large percentage of which will be international.
7 pm-10 pm Opening-Night Vernissage
12 pm-8 pm General Admission Fair Hours
1:00-Panel: New Media Art & Affect
A panel discussion with Tiffany Holmes, jonCates, Katherine Behar, Huong Ngo, and Seth Hunter.
12 pm-8 pm General Admission Fair Hours
1:00- Panel: REALCORE - the digital porno revolution
A monologue / lecture / performance by Sergio Messina
Discussion to follow with Barbara DeGenevieve and Charles Lum
11 pm: WGA Afterparty at Supreme Trading (213 N8th Street)
12 pm-7 pm General Admission Fair Hours