New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off Armory Arts Week at the Art Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory on Tues­day. Declar­ing New York the arts, fash­ion, and finan­cial cap­i­tal of the world, he praised the week of art activ­i­ties for draw­ing some 60,000 vis­i­tors that will spend an esti­mated $44 mil­lion. A dozen art fairs, which could cost $145 in total to visit, and take more leisure time than most of us have, are run­ning con­cur­rently. In order to help you nav­i­gate the shows, we’ve high­lighted what they have to offer.

  1. The Armory Show
    Piers 92 and 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street
    Thurs­day, March 4 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 12-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-7pm
    $30
    This year’s fair boasts 209 con­tem­po­rary deal­ers, 80 mod­ern deal­ers, and 6 non-profits. The Armory Show – Mod­ern, which focuses on 20th cen­tury works, takes place on Pier 92, while Pier 94 is chock full of cur­rent work by a wide array of top-notch, inter­na­tional artists. Berlin is the focus city, a new fea­ture at this year’s fair, and British con­cep­tu­al­ist Susan Collins pro­vides the 2010 fair’s visual iden­tity. An excel­lent pro­gram of panel dis­cus­sions, which are free with the entry ticket, takes place at Pier 92 and at VOLTA NY, the Armory Show’s sis­ter fair.
  2. The Art Show
    Park Avenue Armory
    Park Avenue at 67th Street
    Wednes­day, March 3 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 12-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-6pm
    $20

The Art Show, which is orga­nized by the Art Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, fea­tures con­tem­po­rary, mod­ern, and mas­ter art­works in a vari­ety of media. The 70 Amer­i­can gal­leries rep­re­sented in this year’s fair focus on solo and the­matic pre­sen­ta­tions of inter­na­tional artists in a dynam­i­cally designed set­ting.

  1. Pulse New York
    330 West Street (cor­ner of West Side High­way and West Hous­ton)
    Thurs­day, March 4 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 12-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-5pm
    $20
    Pulse is a cutting-edge fair with some 60 inter­na­tional gal­leries, fea­tur­ing solo and group exhi­bi­tions. The Impulse sec­tion focuses on solo pre­sen­ta­tions of emerg­ing artists. Large-scale sculp­tures and instal­la­tions are sited through­out the show and a video pro­gram offers new works by artists of Caribbean and Latin Amer­i­can descent.

Kostas Seremetis, Star, 2009. Mixed media, 66 inch diameter. Courtesy Anonymous Gallery, New York at Scope
Kostas Seremetis, Star, 2009. Mixed media, 66 inch diam­e­ter. Cour­tesy Anony­mous Gallery, New York at Scope

  1. Scope New York
    Pavil­ion at Lin­coln Cen­ter Dam­rosch Park, 62nd Street and Ams­ter­dam Avenue
    Thurs­day, March 4 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 12-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-7pm
    $20
    Occu­py­ing a tent in Lin­coln Center’s Dam­rosch Park, Scope offers an eclec­tic mix of some 50 gal­leries from around the world. Addi­tion­ally, this year’s fair presents a fash­ion exhi­bi­tion, orga­nized by Parisian fash­ion blog­ger Diane Per­net; a fas­ci­nat­ing film pro­gram; and a Per­sonal Devel­op­ment Auc­tion, where bid­ders vie for a chance to win mini mentorships.

Ben Turnbull, Lesson 4, 2009. Whittled desk. Courtesy of Eleven London at VOLTA
Ben Turn­bull, Les­son 4, 2009. Whit­tled desk. Cour­tesy of Eleven Lon­don at VOLTA

  1. VOLTA NY
    7 West 34th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
    Thurs­day, March 4, 2-8pm; Fri­day, March 5 – Sun­day, March 7, 11am-7pm
    $15
    No Guts, No Glory, the title of this year’s show, presents 88 solo projects from a tight line-up of inter­na­tional gal­leries. Spe­cial artist projects are also pep­pered through­out the lobby, ele­va­tors, and bath­rooms, while the cat­a­log is designed as an artist book by ones­tar press. Talks are held in con­junc­tion with the Armory Show.

Left: Steve Ellis, Amanda Lepore Stripping Pen (detail), 2004, oil on canvas, 90” x 14” Right: Justine Lai, Join Or Die (detail), 2006- present, oil on panel, 18” x 24” each. Courtesy of Gawker Artists at Fountain New York
Left: Steve Ellis, Amanda Lep­ore Strip­ping Pen (detail), 2004, oil on can­vas, 90” x 14” Right: Jus­tine Lai, Join Or Die (detail), 2006– present, oil on panel, 18” x 24” each. Cour­tesy of Gawker Artists at Foun­tain New York

  1. Foun­tain New York
    Pier 66 at 26th Street and West Side High­way in Hud­son River Park
    Fri­day, March 5 – Sun­day, March 7, 11am-7pm
    $10
    Start­ing out as a rene­gade fair, Foun­tain has estab­lished itself as free­wheel­ing, exper­i­men­tal exhi­bi­tion. The 2010 show fea­tures 20 exhibitors, which range from scrappy Williams­burg gal­leries to Gawker Artists’ NSFW (Not Safe For Work) exhibition.

Carol Bennett, Light. Courtesy of Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art at Red Dot
Carol Ben­nett, Light. Cour­tesy of Elisa Tucci Con­tem­po­rary Art at Red Dot

  1. Red Dot New York
    Sky­line Stu­dios, 500 West 36th Street at 10th Avenue
    Thurs­day, March 4, 12-6pm; Fri­day, March 5 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 11am-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 11am-6pm
    $10
    With few inter­na­tional exhibitors, Red Dot fea­tures a line-up of 33 small town gal­leries from across the US.

Yoko Furusho, Children in the Sky. Mixed medium. Courtesy Gitana Rosa Gallery at Verge New York
Yoko Furusho, Chil­dren in the Sky. Mixed medium. Cour­tesy Gitana Rosa Gallery at Verge New York

  1. Verge New York
    The Dylan Hotel, 52 East 41st Street (Between Madi­son and Park Avenues)
    Fri­day, March 5 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 12-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-6pm
    $10
    A hotel fair, Verge fea­tures 24 diverse exhibitors from Europe, Asia, and the US.

Daniela Kostova, Decadent Eclipse, 2009. Inkjet print on canvas, mattress, tread, wooden blocks, 205 x 142 x 25 cm.
Daniela Kos­tova, Deca­dent Eclipse, 2009. Inkjet print on can­vas, mat­tress, tread, wooden blocks, 205 x 142 x 25 cm.

  1. PooL New York
    Gersh­win Hotel, 27th Street and 5th Avenue
    Fri­day, March 5, 6-10pm Vernissage ($20)
    Fri­day, March 5 – Sun­day, March 7, 3-10pm
    $10
    Another hotel fair, PooL offers inde­pen­dent artist projects.

Claire Fontaine, Please God Make Tomorrow Better, 2008.
Claire Fontaine, Please God Make Tomor­row Bet­ter, 2008.

  1. Inde­pen­dent
    548 West 22nd Street
    Thurs­day, March 4, 4-9pm
    Fri­day, March 5 – Sat­ur­day, March 6, 11am-8pm; Sun­day, March 7, 12-4pm
    Free
    An excit­ing new event in the for­mer X Ini­tia­tive and for­mer Dia Cen­ter for the Arts space, Inde­pen­dent presents 38 gal­leries, inde­pen­dent cura­tors, pub­lish­ers, and non­profit spaces in an exper­i­men­tal format.

Reinier Gerritsen, Wall street subway no. 323, 2009. Photo pigment ink print, 50 x 100 cm / 100 x 200 cm.
Reinier Ger­rit­sen, Wall street sub­way no. 323, 2009. Photo pig­ment ink print, 50 x 100 cm / 100 x 200 cm.

  1. Dutch Art Now
    The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
    Wednes­day, March 3 – Sun­day, March 7, 11am-5pm; March 8–14, call ahead
    Free
    A dozen gal­leries from the Nether­lands offer new work by 33 Dutch con­tem­po­rary artists, work­ing in a vari­ety of media.

Ji-Won Wang | Buddha_z 7 | 40(H) x 230(W) x 20(D)cm | Urethane, Metallic Material, machinery, Electronic device (CPU Board, Motor)
Ji-Won Wang | Buddha_z 7 | 40(H) x 230(W) x 20(D)cm | Ure­thane, Metal­lic Mate­r­ial, machin­ery, Elec­tronic device (CPU Board, Motor)

  1. Korean Art Show
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    608 West 28th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues
    Wednes­day, March 3 – Sun­day, March 7, 11am-7pm; Thurs­day, March 4, 11am-8pm
    Free
    The Korean Art Show grants vis­i­tors the unique oppor­tu­nity to see the work of emerg­ing and estab­lished artists from 24 Korean galleries.