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A Month-Long Celebration of Contemporary Art Takes Place in NYC This Month

Kohei Nawa (1975– ) PixCell-Elk #2, 2009. Mixed media, 94 1/2 × 98 1/4 × 78 in. (240 × 249.5 × 198 cm). Work created with the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermes.

March 1, 2011 - Starting March 3 and continuing until the end of the month, exhibitions and fairs will flood our City with the world’s foremost purveyors and creators of contemporary art. The fount of all this activity is the Art Dealers Association of America Art (ADAA) Show at the Park Avenue Armory and the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94. In their 23rd and 13th annual iterations, respectively, these shows attract thousands of art sellers, buyers and lovers by bringing together the work of hundreds of the world’s most fascinating contemporary artists. In recent years, many other fairs have also emerged in early March, generating a palpable sense of energy as the international art world focuses even more intensely on its capital, New York.

The cultural contributions slated for the end of March are just as impressive. From Bye Bye Kitty!!! at the Japan Society, an exploration of the popular images of Japan’s kawaii and otaku subcultures, to the ten day marathon of Asian Contemporary Art Week taking place at venues across the City, get a sense of what contemporary artists are up to around the world.

Check out highlights of these noteworthy art happenings below. And for more information about Art in March, visit

March Highlights

Armory Show
March 3-6, Piers 92 and 94
The 13th annual Armory Show, centered at Piers 92 and 94 and featuring 274 blue-chip contemporary and modern art galleries from thirty-one countries, includes public events around the City that highlight various museums, galleries and non-profit organizations in different neighborhoods. These include Uptown and Museum Mile (March 1), Soho Night (March 3), Long Island City Night (March 4), Chelsea Day and Brooklyn Night (March 5) and Lower East Side/Downtown (March 6). General admission $30, $10 for students.

The Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America
March 3-6, Park Avenue Armory

The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) 23rd annual Art Show, the longest running national art show, brings sixty-nine exhibitions and tihirty American galleries to the historic Park Avenue Armory. The Art Show consists of museum quality exhibitions of art ranging from cutting-edge, 21st century works, to museum-quality pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Admission $20 per day.

SCOPE New York International Contemporary Art Show
March 3-6

The flagship of the illustrious SCOPE Art Fair, SCOPE New York will present over fifty international galleries from four continents and sixteen countries. Expanding this year to an enormous 60,000 square foot hall, SCOPE New York will uphold its unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows providing the real opportunity for gallerists, collectors, curators, artists, critics and art lovers alike to experience a view of the contemporary art market available nowhere else. General admission $20, $15 for students.

ArtTalk: Richard Phillips
March 9, Christie’s

The American Federation of Arts’ lecture series, ArtTalk, allows audience members to interact with notable figures in the art world. Richard Phillips has a striking signature style that derives from his distinctive use of popular images—often from advertising, fashion spreads, and erotic media—that he translates into drawings and then luscious, oversized realist paintings executed through a traditional process. Lecture followed by Q&A. Tickets $10-$15.

Bye Bye Kitty!!!
March 18-June 12, Japan Society

Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future. Each of the three sections, Critical Memory, Threatened Nature and Unquiet Dream, not only offers a feast for the senses but also aims to demolish our preconceptions about contemporary Japan and its art. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children under 16.

Asian Contemporary Art Week 2011
March 21-31, Various Locations

Organized by the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC), Asian contemporary Art Week (ACAW) represents an ongoing effort to heighten public awareness about contemporary art discourses in Asia and showcase Asian artists. Exhibition highlights range from Atta Kim’s Monologue of Ice, in which an ice sculpture of a seated Buddha will slowly melt in the Rubin Museum of Art’s Spiral Lobby for two days, to Indonesian contemporary art giant Agus Suwage’s The End is Just Beginning is the End, a new series of paintings and sculptures from the artist. ACAW takes place at locations across New York City. Admission prices vary. Please visit for more information.
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