With summer almost behind us, art-loving New Yorkers returning from their stays in the Hamptons, Aspen and other tony destinations have a packed schedule this week thanks to September’s second edition of the Armory Show and of its various satellite fairs. And, for the first time since March 2020, these events will largely take place without mandatory health and safety requirements (although an N95 mask is still likely a good idea at crowded indoor events).

Without further ado, here’s what’s happening this week…

The Armory Show
September 8–11, 2022

The Armory Show at the Javits Center. Photo courtesy of The Armory Show.

Where: Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue

When: VIP Preview Day, Thursday September 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; public opening on Friday September 9 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 September, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, September 11, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: $55 general admission

What there is to know: Compared to many fairs, the Armory Show has had a fairly easy time over the past two and a half years, opening just before lockdown in 2020 with a plan already in place to delay the next edition by around 18 months. Now, for the second outing of the event at the Javits Center, European galleries are back in full force, after around a quarter of attendees opted to stay virtual in 2021.

The 247 exhibitors will be divided into six sections, including those for presenting solo artists, non-profit organizations and emerging merchants who have been in business for 10 years or less. Outside, Armory Off-Site will bring public art to various venues around the city, including the US Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, Queens. There will also be works by Juan Capistrán at Bella Abzug Park, Adam Parker Smith at Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, Tomokazu Matsuyama at Flatiron Plaza and Carolina Caycedo on digital billboards in Times Square for the late-night Midnight Moment.

This year’s fair also features Armory Spotlight, a new program offering a New York cultural institution one free booth per year at the fair. The inaugural winner is beloved experimental art and performance nonprofit The Kitchen. Founded in 1971, the kitchen will open its archives for the fair, revisiting important artist projects from its more than five-decade history.

Health and security: Neither proof of vaccination nor a face mask is required.

Independent Art Fair
September 8–11, 2022

Paul Gardère, Giverny revisited (1997).  Courtesy of Soft Network, Estate of Paul Gardère and Independent New York.

Paul Gardere, Giverny revisited (1997). Courtesy of Soft Network, Estate of Paul Gardère and Independent New York.

Where: Cipriani South Street at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street

When: VIP preview, Thursday September 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; open to the public on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday September 11: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: $60 general admission

What there is to know: The Independent Art Fair attempts to hold two fairs in New York a year, one for contemporary work and a new fall edition dedicated solely to underappreciated 20th-century art. (The latter is an attempt to try a similar model to TEFAF, which last year ditched its fall fair for historical art and antiques in favor of modern and contemporary art in the spring.)

Compared to the sprawling Armory Show, the new Independent should prove a manageable affair, with just 70 artists featured from 32 galleries. Among the unknown names ripe for (re)discovery are the late Haitian-American artist Paul Gardère, featured by the New York-based nonprofit Flexible network; and feminist writer Kate Millett, who exhibits late ’70s designs and furniture with Salon 94 Design New York.

The fair returns to its 2021 location on Cipriani South Street in the Battery Maritime Building ferry terminal, a historic Beaux-Arts building with a magnificent view of New York Harbor.

Health and security: Neither proof of vaccination nor a face mask is required.

Spring/Break Art Exhibition
September 7–12, 2022

“Buket Savci: Wrong Side of the River (Pink Room)” hosted by Maria from Los Angeles at the Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Sammy Sachs, courtesy of Spring/Break Art Show.

Where: 625 Madison Avenue

When: Wednesday 7 September, collectors opening, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and VIP opening, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; From Thursday, September 8 to Monday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: $36 general admission

What there is to know: Believe it or not, this beloved fair founded and run by artist couple Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly turns 10 this year. To celebrate the anniversary edition, Spring/Break will work its magic in Ralph Lauren’s former offices on Madison Avenue for the third consecutive year. More than 110 curated projects will transform drab booths into thoughtful exhibits, many featuring fantastical, over-the-top art installations.

Arguably New York’s best fair for attracting up-and-coming artists at reasonable prices before they hit the big time, Spring/Break still has an overarching curatorial theme. This year it’s “Naked Lunch”, which Gori and Kelly envision as an exploration of the present moment as a kind of neo-Renaissance, with a return to nature and a focus on the body and figuration, contrasting with the forces ongoing politics and cultural struggle.

Health and security: Masks recommended regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination not required.

art on paper
September 8–11, 2022

Art on paper.  Photo by Brandi Redd, courtesy of Art on Paper.

Art on paper. Photo by Brandi Redd, courtesy of Art on Paper.

Where: Pier 36, 299 South Street

When: Thursday September 8, 6-9 p.m.; Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September, 11am-7pm; Sunday September 11: 11am-6pm

Admission: $25 general admission

What there is to know: Discover modern and contemporary art on paper from 100 international galleries during the eighth edition of this medium-focused affair. In addition to the traditional booths, the fair will include a series of innovative large-scale public projects, all made by female artists. Highlights will include memory touristan installation of pulp mobiles by Yuko Nishikawa of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in New York.

Other presentations deal with current events, such as the photographs of the Ukrainian CCTV engineer and photographer Oleksii Kyrychenko, taken on the eve of the war, of his nine-year-old daughter armed with a rifle and a pacifier, exhibited with Electric Works of San Francisco. And for Accola Griefen Fine Art, Bang Geul Han handwoven controversial legal documents such as Supreme Court opinions and state laws on immigration and reproductive rights into a series of tapestries titled “Warp and Weft “.

Health and security: Masks recommended regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination not required.

Clio Art Fair
September 8–11

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Where: 550 West 29th Street

When: VIP preview, Thursday September 8, 6-9 p.m.; open to the public Friday September 9, noon-8 p.m., Saturday September 10, networking brunch 12 p.m.-2 p.m., public hours 2 p.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday September 11, networking brunch 12 p.m.-2 p.m., public hours 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Free on Fridays, $20 general admission on weekends

What there is to know: Returning for its 13th edition, Clio bills itself as “the anti-dair for independent artists,” providing a much-needed showcase for artists around the world who lack gallery representation. This time the fair presents a special program organized by Asya Rotella. Featuring artists Erika Ehrman, Formento and Formento, and Jay Martin, among others, it will explore our relationship to screen addiction.

Health and security: Neither proof of vaccination nor a face mask is required.

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