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A Fair-y Tale

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

The Armory Show
Piers 92 and 94, Twelfth Ave., at 55th St.
Dates: 3/5-3/8, noon-7 p.m.
Admission:$45; $60 with VOLTA pass
This behemoth of a show once again brings the big names to two piers on the west side. Hit Pier 92 for modern art, and 94 for contemporary, with a special section devoted to Middle Eastern, North African, and Mediterranean art. 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: 3/5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; 3/6-3/7, noon-8 p.m.; 3/8, noon-7 p.m.
Admission: $25; $60 combined Armory Show admission
Just down from the Armory show (connected, thankfully, by an outdoor heated walkway) is adjunct fair Volta, focusing on solo projects by contemporary artists. Over 90 galleries will be represented, along with a curated list of industry talks by artnet. See the schedule here.

ADAA Art Show
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at East 67th St.
Dates: 3/4-3/6, noon-8 p.m.; 3/7, 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. Now in its 27th pedigreed year of solo, dual, and thematic exhibitions curated by 72 of the nation's art dealers, this go-around features many booths dedicated to women artists, like Salon 94, presenting never-before-seen photographs from Lorna Simpson’s landmark series, Walking and Lying Objects. See a preview of the exhibits on

Center 548, 548 W. 22nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
Dates: 3/5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; 3/6-3/7, noon-8 p.m; 3/8, noon-7 p.m.
Admission: $20
Fifty galleries from 14 countries in the former Dia building—its last year in the hallowed space—makes the Independent one of the more digestible of the fairs, especially with the open layout of the space. Be sure to check the roof for extra surprises.

The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
Dates: 3/5, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; 3/6-3/7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 11/8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $25
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.

Metropolitan Pavilion West, 639 W. 46th St., nr. Twelfth Ave.
Dates: 3/6, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; 3/7-3/8, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: $30
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.

Skylight at Moynihan Station, W. 31st St., at Eighth Ave.
Dates: 3/3-3/8, noon.-8 p.m.
A curator-driven show with the theme of TRANSACTION, and the art embodying commodity in all its forms.