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Fair Warning

The colossal Armory Show isn't the only game in town. Here are some other art fairs to check out this week.

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2015's Armory Show.  

The Armory Show
Piers 92 and 94, 12th Ave., at 55th St.
Dates: 3/3-3/6, noon-7 p.m.
Admission: $30-$45; $60 with VOLTA pass
This behemoth of a show overlooking the Hudson river once again brings the big names to two piers on the west side. Hit Pier 92 for modern art, and 94 for contemporary, with the Armory Presents section devoted to galleries fewer than ten years old. This year there's also a section devoted to contemporary African viewpoints. Besides that, there are forums, performances, and a film schedule, making it possible to never see daylight.

Volta NY
Pier 90, 711 12th Ave., at W. 48th St.
Dates: 3/2, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; 3/3-3/5, noon-8 p.m.; 3/6, noon-6 p.m.
Admission: $25; $60 combined Armory Show admission
Just adjacent to the Armory show is adjunct fair VOLTA, focusing on solo projects by contemporary artists. Over 100 galleries, not-for-profits, and artist-run spaces from 50 cities will be represented, along with a curated list of salons by artnet. See the schedule here.

ADAA Art Show
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at East 67th St.
Dates: 3/2-3/4, noon-8 p.m.; 3/5, noon-7 p.m.; 3/8, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $25
Over to the east, the most blue-chip of the fairs is also the nation's longest running, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America and benefiting the Henry Street Settlement. The solo, dual, and thematic exhibitions curated by 72 of the nation's art dealers, this go-round features more ambitious exhibits. Like a joint presentation by Marianne Boesky Gallery and Dominique Lévy Gallery of painting, drawing, and sculpture by Frank Stella.

Independent
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, nr. Laight St.
Dates: vernissage: 3/3, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; 3/4-3/5, noon-7 p.m; 3/6, noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Free for vernissage, $25 all other dates
This year the art fair more akin to a sprawling group show evolves in a few ways: moving their location from the Dia Arts Center to their own space on Varick Street, expanding the fair to Brussels, and dedicating the first floor of their new space to galleries exhibiting with them for the first time.

PULSE
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
Dates: 3/3, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; 3/4-3/5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 3/6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission:$15-$25; $40 for all four days
Though it may be easy to miss, don't sleep on this Armory Show satellite with an installment in Miami during Art Basel which features curated booths with cutting-edge contemporary art. This year they're adding a "Conversations" curation challenge, where participating galleries present the works of two of their artists, in conversation with each other.

SCOPE
Metropolitan Pavilion West, 639 W. 46th St., nr. Twelfth Ave.
Dates: 3/3, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; 3/4-3/6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: $25-$35
Global art will be shown in all its forms, as one of the larger fairs in a building across from the Armory Show now incorporates events and performances across genres, in its open-plan layout.


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