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The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK

by Paddy Johnson on March 7, 2016
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Walking around SPRING/BREAK this Saturday seemed indicative of a watershed moment. The artist-centric movement we’ve been tracking for the last several years is finally gaining more visibility and commercial success and no where is that more evident than this fair.

Located on the administrative floors at Moynihan Station (above the main post office), over 100 curated projects took over once occupied office space. These rooms were painted, wallpapered and filled with weird, temporary installations of fake apartments, medical institutions and cut out gardens. They also included paintings, collages and any other medium you can think of. Meanwhile, lines of fair goers wrapped around the building waiting to get in—even from the outside the excitement was palpable.

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SPRING/BREAK: Too Many Cooks in the Post Office

by Chris Green on March 3, 2016
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When the curator becomes the primary product, nobody wins. With 800 artists to 100 curators, the flashiest booths naturally win out at SPRING/BREAK. We picked a handful of booths which deserve a longer look.

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AFC’s Art Fair Coverage Roundup

by The AFC Staff on March 10, 2014
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Last week was a blur. We ran around to the Armory Show, Independent, Moving Image, Spring/Break, and the ADAA Art Show, all in order to bring you a bevy of slideshows, reports, and a “We Went To.” We’re proud of our coverage, and hope you’ll like reading it, too. Enjoy.

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SPRING/BREAK Art Show Brings a Focus on the Personal

by David Matorin on March 7, 2014
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Even by itself, the Armory Show is overwhelming. With the Armory Show’s booths extending to the vanishing point in both directions of Pier 94, it can leave an unsettling impression of endlessness, where everything starts to look the same. And amidst the vastness of this week’s equally-momentous art events (a three-part Whitney Biennial, and the Armory’s satellites), this weekend could use a break of something more human in scale.

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The Art F City Guide to This Week’s Art Fairs

by Paddy Johnson on March 3, 2014
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It’s fair week, which means you can expect a flurry of posts nominally about art, and largely about who’s selling what. Before anyone gets to that, though, you’ll need to know to where to go to buy your art (or like the rest of us rabble, look at it with awe and wonder). This list will help you get where you’re going.

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The Art Fairs In Review

by Paddy Johnson on March 11, 2013
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Missed the art fairs last week? Can’t get enough of art fair pictures? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a recap of how we spent our time last week.

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Moving Image, a Fair With Purpose

by Corinna Kirsch on March 8, 2013
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Slowly but surely, galleries are reaching a breaking point with the art fair circuit. Escape isn’t an option for most galleries. Instead of opting out, we’re seeing a rise in specialized fairs, those that provide an alternative to the white-walled booth model. Moving Image is one of those fairs, and it has all the makings of a solid future.

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Spring/Break: Slideshow and Commentary

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on March 6, 2013
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“I wouldn’t necessarily say more cutting-edge, but I think it’s awesome,” founder Andrew Gori said at the Spring/Break Art Show conference yesterday morning. That’s about right. Now in its second year, the “curator-driven fair,” in a defunct elementary school in Soho, virtually eliminates art dealers in a community-oriented exhibition of emerging artists and curators.

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Your Guide to Armory Week

by Reid Singer on March 4, 2013
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Even though the hum around Armory week seems subdued this year, visiting half-a-dozen-plus art fairs can in a few days’ time can feel like a week on a Eurail pass. Naive outsiders are treated harshly, the food is unfamiliar and overpriced, and you spend a lot of time snooping around taking pictures. It’s useful to have an index that you can depend on to guide you towards the things that are worth seeing and away from the things that aren’t. A guidebook if you will. Here’s ours.

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