It’s nearly the time of year when the international art world descends upon New York for the annual weekend extravaganza of art fairs. As usual, the week’s anchors are The Art Show, presented by the Art Dealers Association of America and featuring 70 galleries offering art by artists of all periods, and The Armory Show, which despite today’s plethora of art fairs, still boldly dubs itself, “the world’s leading art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art.” If these two fairs aren’t enough to keep you occupied over the weekend, satellite fairs abound and include: Scope New York at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park, Pulse New York at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Ave and 26th Street, and the Digital and Video Art (DiVA) Fair at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Battery Park. Better get your rest now!
Exhibition closings come in waves; the next set is due to break on February 10th. Don’t miss Stan Douglas’s video ‘Klatsassin,’ a murder and revenge story set during a gold rush in 19th century British Columbia, at David Zwirner Gallery. Presented in Douglas’ characteristic looping format, with 850 possible permutations, the entire effort runs over 70 hours, both teasing and enticing viewers with an elusively juicy plot. Though their subject matter is decidedly less dramatic, at least two other shows merit a last minute trip to Chelsea. Dike Blair’s tiny, mundane, but mysterious still life paintings at D’Amelio Terras Gallery muster a murky noir feeling, while Charles Long’s elegant, white sculptures at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery recall Giacometti but were actually modeled on bird droppings, giving them pedigree in an art world long obsessed with bodily function.