New York City Art Fair Week 2016, also known as Armory Arts Week, takes place from February 28 – March 7, 2016. The whole week consists of art fairs, openings, discussions, events, parties and major exhibitions. The world’s top art galleries, curators, artists, critics, buyers and collectors come to New York to view and/or bid on the world’s most sought-after arts. It is a week where millions to billions of dollars of art currency are exchanged.

Even if you cannot afford to buy most of the artworks shown this week, it is an opportunity for all art enthusiasts to be within close proximity with the art world’s elites, to be able to visually consume 1000s of fine and contemporary art pieces and installations, and to be introduced to the works of emerging and unknown artists on the brink of super stardom.

Below is Style Cartel’s curated list of the top art fairs happening this week in Manhattan. Please refer to their website for the ticketing fees. Prices range from $10-$45 per day. Students also receive discounted rates.

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March 3-6, 2016
Location: Piers 92 & 94
NYC Art Fair Week is also called Armory Arts Week. Thus, first on the list is The Armory Show, considered as America’s leading international art fair taking place annually on piers 92 & 94, overlooking the Hudson River. Presenting the highest-quality modern and contemporary art, it is a New York cultural institution and a highly-anticipated event on the global arts calendar. The Armory Show connects the world’s foremost galleries with international collectors, curators and art professionals in the capital of the art world.

March 2-6, 2016
Location: Pier 90
With an approachable solo-booth format, VOLTA NY showcases relevant contemporary art positions from emerging international artists, from cutting-edge trendsetters to next year’s rising stars.

March 1 – 7, 2016
Location: Skylight at Moynihan Station
Through its commitment to the discoveries of local to international curators, SPRING/BREAK Art Show will again offer a unique destination for collectors, artists, galleries, critics, scene junkies & art enthusiasts during the city’s art fair week. Over One Hundred curators will premiere new artworks created by over 800 artists, all selected around this year’s central art fair theme, ⌘COPY⌘PASTE.

March 3-6, 2016
Location: Pier 36
In its sophomore year, Art on Paper’s exhibiting galleries will continue to feature sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography, all unified by the medium of paper. The fair’s medium-driven focus has lent itself to significant projects that push the boundaries of its celebrated medium.

March 3-6, 2016
Location: Metropolitan West Pavilion
Renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally,  SCOPE New York will host 60 international galleries and a focused schedule of special events, performances and talks to complement its new open-plan exhibition format. SCOPE New York’s spirit of innovation has consistently forged the way for emerging artists and galleries.

March 3-6, 2016
Location: The Metropolitan Pavilion
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. It offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today.

March 3-6, 2016
Location: Spring Studios
Styled as “part consortium, part collective,” Independent, as they called it, has no booths and is completely transparent with its participating galleries in its book-keeping. Since its founding in 2010 as an art fair that works very hard not to look or feel like an art fair, Independent has become a runaway hit with its galleries, its public, and the press—all who were feeling a bit weary of the cookie-cutter trade-show vibe of most fairs.

March 2-6, 2016
Location: Park Avenue Armory
Organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show offers intimately scaled and thoughtfully curated presentations by the nation’s leading fine art dealers, providing audiences a rich selection of works from the late 19th century through today. All ticket proceeds benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s most venerable social services organizations.


In case you would like more suggested art events to attend, we also have a list of free openings, museum and exhibitions that are MUST-SEE this week. Enjoy!


– February 29: 6pm-8pm: Hans Breder Opening @ Danziger Gallery
– March 2: 6pm-9pm: Real Fine Arts Presents, New York Opening @ 809 Washington Street
– March 4: 11am-6pm: Munch and Expressionism Exhibition @ Neue Galerie
– March 4: 6pm-10pm: Steve McCurry: India Exhibition @ Rubin Museum
– March 4: 7pm-10pm: Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner Exhibiton @ Whitney Museum
– March 5: 6pm-10pm: ANIMA and RAUDER THRADUR Opening @ The Invisible Dog


– Barry Stone: The Future of Things Past @ Klaus Von Nichtssagend, 54 Ludlow Street
– Pearlstein Today and Pearlstein | Warhol | Cantor: from Carnegie Tech to New York @ Betty Cuningham Gallery
– Francisco Matto, Another Way of Seeing @ Cecilia de Torres
– Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête @Aperture Foundation
– Shoja Azari & Shahram Karimi: The Cold Earth Sleeps Below @ Leila Heller
– New York Topographics @ Senior & Shopmaker
–  Rosalind Fox Solomon: Got to Go  @ Bruce Silverstein
– Andrea Bowers Whose Feminism is it Anyway?  @Andrew Kreps
–  Olivo Barbieri: Adriatic Sea (staged) Dancing People @ Yancey Richardson
– Mark Greenwold: Rumble of Panic Underlying Everything @ Garth Greenan


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