Armory Week Guide: Melted Lego, $5.8 Million Franz Kline

``Untitled" (1971) by John McCracken is at the booth of the Elkon Gallery at The Art Show. The gallery dedicated its booth to the late artist, with his early box sculptures and a group of vibrant, meditative mandala drawings and paintings. Source: The Elkon Gallery via Bloomberg

New York’s annual art extravaganza, known as the Armory Week, presents a dozen fairs from 7 exhibitors to 228 and runs through March 12. Orbiting the various souks are parties, panels, private museum tours and visits to art-stocked dwellings of art advisers and high-profile collectors such as Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art.

Here’s a guide:

The Armory Show

Today at noon, the Armory Show, New York’s largest art fair, opens to the VIPs. Among those expected are money manager Glenn Fuhrman, co-founder of MSD Capital LP; Don B. Marron, chairman of Lightyear Capital LLC; and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.

The fair, which commands two piers on the Hudson River, was redesigned and reduced for its 14th edition. Its modern section will take over Pier 92, with 71 galleries from nine countries. Next door at Pier 94, the contemporary section will present 157 exhibitors from 30 countries.

This year’s focus is on Nordic art, with 19 participating galleries. The highlight is a 40-foot-long light sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson, spelling “Scandinavian Pain” in hot-pink neon tubing. The work was acquired by Swedish contemporary-art museum Moderna Museet from i8 gallery on the eve of the fair’s opening.

March 8-11 at Twelfth Avenue and 55th Street. Admission is $30;


Boston-based artist Sheila Gallagher, who melts plastic objects -- pill bottles, Legos and a toy dinosaur -- to create lush garden scenes on armature, will have a solo show at the booth of Dodge gallery during Volta NY art fair.

Dodge is one of 80 exhibitors presenting solo projects by artists at the Armory Show’s offshoot, located across from the Empire State Building.

March 8-11 at 7 W. 34th St. Admission is $15. The Armory Show/Volta NY dual pass is $40;

ADAA: The Art Show

The Art Show, America’s longest-running fine-art fair, opens to the public today at the Park Avenue Armory with 72 exhibitors.

Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, it presents works by Renoir and Picasso along with cutting-edge sculptures by Matthew Monahan and installations by Sarah Sze, who was selected to represent the U.S. at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

First-time exhibitor Van de Weghe Fine Art will offer a 1956 canvas by Franz Kline, which once belonged to French billionaire Francois Pinault, for $5.8 million. A playful 1946 crayon drawing by Pollock is available for $825,000 at the booth of Richard L. Feigen & Co.

The Elkon Gallery dedicated its booth to the late artist John McCracken, with his early box sculptures and a surprising group of vibrant, meditative mandala drawings and paintings from the 1970s; prices range from $22,000 to $280,000.

March 7-11 at the 67th Street Park Avenue Armory. Admission is $20;


This alternative art fair returns to the former Dia Center in Manhattan’s Chelsea district for the third time. Conceived by New York dealer Elizabeth Dee and London’s Darren Flook, it features 43 exhibitors, open layout and cool atmosphere.

In addition to trend-setters such as New York’s Bortolami, Glasgow’s Modern Institute and Los Angeles-based David Kordansky, the fair features far-flung newcomers such as The Third Line from Dubai and Labor from Mexico City.

March 8-11 at 548 W. 22nd St. Admission is free;


The hip, one-day Dependent hotel fair began last year as an alternative to the alternative Independent and a reference to the Armory Show’s early years at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

The second incarnation will take place at the Comfort Inn on the Lower East Side. The lineup features downtown galleries Canada and James Fuentes and young artist collectives such as Regina Rex from Bushwick, Baltimore’s Nudashank and Reference from Richmond, Virginia. Each of the 20 participants will take over a small room with a giant bed, transforming it into a booth or art installation.

March 10, 12-8 p.m. at 136 Ludlow St. Admission is free;

Salon Zurcher

The smallest art fair of the week takes place at downtown gallery Zurcher Studio. In its third edition, Salon Zurcher focuses on seven female artists presented by seven galleries based in New York, Paris and Amsterdam. Don’t miss Polly Apfelbaum’s humorous 1994 “Jack and Jill” piece, which stars two clown suits, and Diana Shpungin’s black-and-white drawings of bandaged limbs, both human and wooden.

March 5-12 at 33 Bleecker St. Admission is free; http://


For its 11th annual edition in New York, Scope Art Show occupies a 30,000-square-foot pavilion across from the Armory Show. Its 55 exhibitors hail from as far as China, South Korea and Brazil. The show opens to VIPs today.

March 8-11 at West 57th Street and Twelfth Avenue. Admission is $20;


Fountain Art Fair, yet another alternative art fair, will occupy the 69th Regiment Armory, which was the site of the original 1913 Armory Show, with about 30 exhibitors. The opening party will star a DJ set by early New York graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy.

March 9-11 at 68 Lexington Ave. Admission is $10, with a weekend pass for $15;


Works by more than 60 artists without gallery representation in New York will be the focus of the PooL Art Fair at the Flatiron Hotel.

March 9-11 at 9 W. 26th St. Suggested donation is $10;

Moving Image

Moving Image: Contemporary Video Art Fair, organized by art dealers Edward Winkleman and Murat Orozobekov, will feature 31 artists, presenting single-channel videos, sculptures and installations. Highlights include works by Martha Wilson, Russian collective AES+F, Estonia’s Jaan Toomik and China’s Zhang Peili.

March 8-11 at Waterfront New York Tunnel, 269 11th Ave. Admission is free;

Korean, Japanese

The Korean Art Show will present about 15 top contemporary Korean galleries March 8-11 at 82 Mercer St. Admission is free;

New City Art Fair will focus on post-earthquake art from Japan, with 11 galleries from Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. It runs March 7-11 at Hpgrp Gallery, 529 W. 20th St. Admission is free;

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