A line of several hundred shivering, elaborately dressed art enthusiasts stretched down the block outside the Independent art fair Thursday night in SoHo, as the final phase of New York's Art Week (Feb. 28–March 6, 2016) opened with a bang and more than a few outraged collectors. “But I’m VIP!” wailed one woman in a geographically untraceable accent as she was turned away at the door.
That collector, along with scores of other art lovers, can take heart: There are so many fairs (at least eight) and so many thousands of works of art on view that it was almost impossible to see, let alone appreciate, everything on offer. Instead, pay attention to these. Be they from under-the-radar artists, prime examples of an emerging trend, on offer at a surprisingly reasonable price, or, in more than a few instances, just simply compelling, these 10 pieces are worth putting on your agenda—and on your walls.