Beyond the Main Fair: 9 Things to See This Armory Week
by Kate Messinger
Light your torches, the art world olympics are upon us again. The largest New York based art fair, the Armory Art Show in its 22nd year, brings us a giant warehouse filled with artwork you have probably seen before, a burning glow of neon lights, a $5 shot of espresso, and the possibility to be stabbed by a woman with art fair hysteria like at this year’s Art Basel in Miami. The fair at pier 92 and 94 is in itself a test of endurance that only the strongest (it’s a 20 minute-walk from any subway) and most affluent (general admission is $45) will survive. So maybe, let’s not.
Instead, be a winner and see all the other cooler, more convenient and sometimes completely free art events happening outside the main fair. You won’t get a medal, but it’s better than crushing crowds and expensive tickets. Our picks below.
Lauren Seiden at Denny Gallery
February 26 – April 3
We all feel the weight around us, but Seiden’s large-scale sculptures using marble, wire, paper and thread, each covered and infused with a metallic sheen of graphite, manipulate and contort the concept of weight to a new extreme. From the silvery substance resting peacefully on top of a pool to a towering graphite covered thread sculpture that resembles a frozen waterfall, time, space and substance take on a new meaning the second you enter the space.