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Mira Schor, The Patient is Very Ill, 2017

Reading links: NYC art fair cheat sheet, last chance for Rochelle Feinstein’s show at the Bronx Museum, Mira Schor’s lifetime achievement award, Allen Ruppersberg at the Hammer, new privately-owned and operated museum-quality art spaces, and the Rothko Chapel renovations.


It’s the first week in March and art fairs are in town. Thanks to artnet for putting together a comprehensive guide that I used to create this cheat sheet with links, addresses, hours, and fees.

ADAA the Art Show, February 28–March 3 / The Park Avenue Armory; $25 / Gala preview Wednesday; Thursday–Friday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Upper East Side Gallery Walk, March 2 / takes place in conjunction with the ADAA Art Show. Between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue, locations vary see map for details. Saturday, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Salon Zürcher, March 4–10/33 Bleecker Street; Free admission / Opening reception, Monday, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m., closing reception 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
NADA New York Gallery Open, March 4–10 / no fair this year, but more than 50 galleries are “inviting visitors to engage with alternative spaces around the city.” / Hours and locations vary, see map 
SPRING/BREAK, March 5–11 / the former Finnish embassy at UN Plaza. / The theme this year is “Fact and Fiction.” / 866 UN Plaza, New York; $20 / VIP preview, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Monday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Armory ShowMarch 6–10 / Oops. Location changed at the last minute when the original pier was found unsafe. / Piers 92 & 90, New York, Pier 94, Pier 92, and Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 55th Street and West 48th Street; $52 / VIP preview Wednesday; Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m
Independent New YorkMarch 7–10 / Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street; $29 / VIP preview, Thursday; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Art on Paper, March 7–10 / Pier 36, 299 South Street, New York / Preview, Thursday, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
SCOPE Art Fair, March 7–10 / Metropolitan Pavilion, New York / Platinum and VIP previews, Thursday, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. and 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Clio Art Fair, March 7–10 / 550 West 29th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues; $55 Thursday preview tickets, free Friday, $18 Saturday and Sunday with $35 networking brunch. / VIP preview, Thursday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, networking brunch 12 p.m.–2 p.m. and general hours 2 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, networking brunch 12 p.m.–2 p.m. and general hours 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, March 7–10 / Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue; $25 / Preview Thursday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m–5 p.m.
 Volta, It’s a long story, but when the Armory Fair’s original pier location was unsafe, they cancelled the Volta fair and took over Volta’s spot. Now Art News reports that Volta exhibitors have been invited to show their work at David Zwirner and Art on Paper: “Quang Bao, the founder of New York’s 1969 Gallery, collector Peter Hort, and dealer David Zwirner have teamed up to organize a new exhibition opportunity for many of the affected exhibitors. From March 6 to 9, some 30 galleries will show work across David Zwirner’s 525 West 19th Street location and a commercial space at 521 West 21st Street.” Read more.



Rochelle Feinstein

Last chance:
 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (through March 3). Martha Schwendener reports in the NYTimes: “In her career survey, this wisecracking Bronx native proves that she can do just about anything with painting. She can chronicle history or tell a joke. She can alchemize linen, photographs, newspapers, cardboard and photocopies into art. She can teach you something about looking and life. A whiz with color, she sprays and squeezes paint, and stains with it. Several works feel like odes to color charts or to the color theory art students learn in school. A morbid strain runs through other works as Feinstein grapples with and battles the forces trying to shut down painting in favor of other media.” More info:  bronxmuseum.org


At CAA in February, Mira Schor received a 2019 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a painter, art historian, and critic. “I’m at a point in my life where I’m being asked to make some order out of the work that I’ve done, explain it, document it…” Check out the video (above) in which she compares her career to rowing a small boat up a river.


Allen Ruppersberg, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Image by Christopher Knight and the LA Times.

In the LA Times, Christopher Knight reviewed “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018,” a retrospective at the Hammer Museum. I was struck by his image of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which Knight described as “a peak achievement made near the end of the movement’s powerful first phase, is a cornerstone of Ruppersberg’s impressive career. In it, the artist hand-copied Wilde’s entire Faustian text, word for word, in felt-tip pen onto raw, stretched canvases. Once in a while he messed up a word, crossed it out, and then continued on.” Read more.

Installation view of “Jean-Michel Basquiat” at the Brant Foundation in New York.

“AS OUR GILDED AGE CONTINUES APACE, some of New York’s wealthiest are starting the year by unveiling their new art palaces….” This is what happens when wealthy art collectors get huge tax cuts.  Read more.


The Rothko Chapel. Digital mock up of what the the chapel will look like after renovations.

The Rothko Chapel in Houston is closed for renovations. According to the NY Times, they are “replacing the building’s ceiling apparatus with a new skylight and digital lighting system. This will cast gentle natural light by day and uniform illumination by night for the first time on Mark Rothko’s 14 monumental black canvases, faceting the octagonal interior designed as a holistic work of art.”  Good idea. When I was there several years ago on a dark, rainy day, I couldn’t even see the paintings.

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