Earlier this month, I made trip to the city for just under a 24-hour period, warrior Megabus style, in order to catch up with some friends and check out this year’s New York City installment of the annual Scope and Fountain art fairs, in conjunction with Armory Arts Week.
This year marked my third year attending, and each time, I always wish I had more time to visit. If you’ve never been to an art event such as these, essentially it is a collaborative showcase with around 150 galleries displaying work all under the same giant roof. You can walk around for hours and hours, and still not get a solid view of all of the art. That’s part of the fun, soaking it all in at once, and of course, making several pitstops at the donation-based bars and pausing to talk with the artists that are present.
This year’s highlights for me were the displays from Art Now NY, which included a Banksy piece from his recent NYC residency, and Thinkspace Gallery, which showed the most work from my favorite artist, Know Hope, that I’ve ever seen in person in one place. This year, I was pleased to find that the art I was exposed to was created by a majority of artists whose work I wasn’t formerly aware of. I love seeing work from artists whose work I do know and admire, but it’s great to make these art shows feel like you’re doing your homework and discovering new and up-and-coming artists. It’s all part of the fun.
Hit the jump to check out some of my favorite pieces from this year’s fairs.