Courtesy of Vincent Tullo/The Armory Show.

The Armory Show
September 8, 2023 – September 9, 2023, 11 am–7 pm

September 10, 2023, 11 am–6 pm
Javits Center
Crystal Palace Entrance
429 11th Ave
New York, NY, 10001

Armory Week will return to New York City from September 8th to 10th with fairs, exhibitions, and additional programming. The Armory Show 2023 will feature over 800 artists from more than 35 countries and 225 international galleries. VIP guests can participate in the VIP Preview Day on September 7.

The Armory Show was founded by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors in 1913 at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, with additional exhibitions in Chicago and Boston. The Armory Show’s iconic fair, now located at the Javits Center in New York City, was founded in 1994 and has continued to exhibit international contemporary art annually for almost three decades.

“The fair plays a leading role in the city’s position as an important cultural capital through elevated presentations, thoughtful programming, curatorial leadership, meaningful institutional partnerships, and engaging public art activations.” – The Armory Show

Courtesy of Vincent Tullo/The Armory Show.

This year’s Armory Show differs from past editions in that it is now under Frieze, the contemporary art collective behind Frieze Art Fair. Frieze announced that it acquired New York’s Armory Show in July.

“Joining Frieze enables us to leverage a respected brand, deep industry knowledge, expanded resources, and a larger network, which will further enhance the experience for our exhibitors and visitors alike. On behalf of our new owner, we look forward to continued growth in our role as a cornerstone of the New York cultural landscape.” – Nicole Berry, Executive Director, The Armory Show

Courtesy of Vincent Tullo/The Armory Show.

The curatorial initiatives of The Armory Show 2023 are led by three female curators: Eva Respini, Candice Hopkins, and Adrienne Edwards. The 2023 edition of the fair will expand on the unified curatorial sections from the 2022 fair with a focus on historical narratives. This focus will not emphasize geography, but will instead “consider artistic process, identity, and materiality to engage a representative view of art from around the world.” The Focus, Platform, Galleries, Solo, and Presents sections will be located under one roof at the Javits Center.

Over 140 exhibitors from the 2022 edition are returning this year, including Ben Brown Fine Arts, 303 Gallery, Instituto de Visión, Timothy Taylor, and Simon Lee Gallery. Additional galleries participating include 56 Henry, acb Gallery, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, and CLEARING. Solo presentations include Bridget Mullen with Shulamit Nazarian and Martón Nemes with acb Gallery.

Armory Art Week Satellite Fairs

May Stevens, “Big Daddy Dome.” Courtesy of May Stevens/Ryan Lee/Independent.

Independent 20th Century Art Fair 
September 7, 11 am–8 pm (Invitation Only)
September 8–19, 12 pm–8 pm
September 10, 11 am–6 pm
Cipriani South Street
10 South Street
New York, NY 10004

Independent is returning for Armory Art Week. Independent New York was established in 2010 as a scaled art fair for contemporary art, and Independent 20th Century premiered in 2022 to spotlight artists and international avant-garde movements between 1900 and 2000. Independent 20th Century’s goal is to premiere internationally recognized artists and lesser-known narratives.

Curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs avoids the traditional application process by nominating galleries and non-profits to participate in the fair. This year Higgs nominated roughly 50 artists including American debuts, 20th-century women, Caribbean and South African voices, Italian avant-garde, and more. The nonprofit, Hauser & Wirth Institute, which dedicates itself to making artist’s archives more accessible will present the work of artists Zahoor ul Akhlaq and Mary Dill Henry. Some other key presentations include Alexandre Gallery’s showing of paintings from the artists Loren MacIver and Edith Schloss that feature renderings of travel, contemplation, and the Mediterranean Coast. The Corbett vs Dempsey gallery will also feature the large-scale paintings of Emilio Cruz that have all been unseen since their creation. Cruz, an Afro-Cuban poet, playwright, and musician was a central figure in New York’s figurative expressionism movement in the 1960’s.

Courtesy of SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

September 6, 11 am–5 pm (First Look)
September 6, 5 pm–8 pm (Opening Night)
September 7–11, 11 am–7 pm
625 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show is a curator-driven fair in New York City that will return for its twelfth edition this September. It was founded by Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly in 2009, and the exhibition platform is known for holding its events in atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces. This year’s exhibition’s theme is titled !WILD CARD! 

The experimental theme is meant to explore play, prank, and subvert the traditional hierarchies of themes from their previous shows such as _NEW MYSTICISM_ and ^APOCALIST^. All works in the show are available for purchase online, giving emergings artists opportunities to complement their presentations. This art show is low-cost to the public and art patrons alike, broadening the accessibility of Armory Week’s lineup.

Johanna Strobel, “Low affinity” (2021). Courtesy of New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).

NADA House 2023
September 1, 2–5pm (Opening Reception)
September 1 – October 1, Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm
Governors Island
Nolan Park House 18

NADA will present the fifth edition of NADA House at a new location in Governors Island’s Nolan Park beginning September 1st. Nestled between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, the 172-acre island boasts dozens of historic buildings, environmental education facilities, and rich art and culture programs.

A collaborative exhibition, NADA House 2023 brings 26 galleries together to present the work of 26 contemporary artists across a diverse variety of mediums. Each artist will engage with the Governors Island’s distinct character as a 19th-century military residence. No RSVP is required to attend the exhibition, and opening day is accessible to the public.

Courtesy of Art on Paper.

Art on Paper New York
September 7, 5–6 pm (VIP Preview)
September 8–9, 11 am–7 pm

September 10, 11 am–6 pm
Pier 36
299 South Street

New York, NY 10002

Art on Paper is a medium-driven art fair that will return to Manhattan’s Pier 36 during Armory Week. This will be the fair’s ninth edition, focusing on unique and powerful projects curated by Nato Thompson, the fair’s artistic director. Throughout the event, visitors will be immersed in the vast, varied, and experimental world of paper. 

This year, Art on Paper is launching an Artist Book Fair organized by the Center for Book Arts to feature 8-10 institutions showcasing books that push the bounds of ideas, material, and form. Additionally, artists such as Tariqa Waters, named one of Seattle’s top 25 most influential artists, and Danish artist Rose Eken with Alchemy Gallery will be featured. Art and Paper will also provide attendees with several interactive experiences such as a live printmaking workshop by Shoestring Press. 

Crossing The Line Festival 2023
September 8 – October 13
22 East 60th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10022

French Institute Alliance Française will present the sixteenth edition of their Crossing The Line Festival during Armory Week and into October. Their festivals are annual celebrations of new perspectives and dynamic artists from the French-speaking world.

The festival’s program will feature choreographer Tatiana Desardouin’s Trapped, Desardouin’s all-night club culture refresh, Les 5 Sens, in collaboration with Nubian Néné’s, powerful video sculptural installations, and more works that bring perspectives of the Francophone world to New York. This year’s Crossing The Line festival aims to address pressing issues such as gun violence, climate change, and race through new and explorative artistic dialogue. 

Ruud van Empel, “Arcadia #3” (2020). Courtesy of Ruud van Empel/PHOTOFAIRS.

September 7, VIP Preview Day
September 8–10

Javits Center
Crystal Palace Entrance

429 11th Ave
New York, NY, 10001

PHOTOFAIRS New York is a new contemporary art fair focused on photography, digital art, and new media. This year marks its inaugural edition, emphasizing a state-of-the-art view of visual culture. The Fair’s curatorial process creates a space for photography, new technology, and the all-encompassing world of contemporary art to coalesce 

This year’s fair will be equipped with an extensive VIP program including exclusive events and private tours as well as a robust public viewing experience. The Fair will feature presentations such as the Asya Geisberg Gallery showing of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s prints that explore Latin American subcultures during the dictatorship years and the CLAMP gallery’s examination of the relationship between humans and nature in the face of climate change through the work of five artists. 

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