Art Fairs and Festivals 


March is the month when art collectors, curators, and critics from all over the world make New York City their destination. Bring those comfortable shoes, because there are at least eight art fairs—both large and small—scattered throughout the city. The festivities begin with the March 7 opening of The Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, at the Park Avenue Armory. The fair features a range of artworks from cutting edge to masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries… On March 8 The Armory Show-Contemporary on Pier 94 opens, with 120 international exhibitors and The Armory Show-Modern at Pier 92 presents 69 exhibitors representing nine countries. Special events include Armory Focus: The Nordic Countries and the debut of Solo Projects, a section dedicated to 11 single-artist presentations. There is also the welcome promise of a top-notch gourmet café and, for the weary, comfortable lounges throughout the fair… Rounding out the month is The AIPAD Photography Show New York at the Park Avenue Armory March 29-April 1. Seventy-five international exhibitors offer work from established and emerging contemporary artists as well as modern and 19th-century masters. Not to be missed are five panel discussions featuring leading curators, artists, dealers, and collectors held throughout the day on March 31. Among the highlights are Curator’s Choice: Emerging Artists in Photography; How to Collect Photographs: What Collectors Need to Know Now; and Italian Contemporary Photography… Also on the calendar of must-do events isFotoFest, the international biennial taking place in Houston, Texas from March 16 to April 29.
This year the festival presents three main exhibitions, which explore modern and contemporary Russian photographic history over the last five decades, from the post-Stalinist period of the 1950s to the present. Scattered throughout the city are over 100 independent venues presenting photography shows. The International Fine Print Auctionis March 20 and includes prints by 25 leading Russian artists from the 1960s to the present.


In the Museums


Ships Ahoy! The South Street Seaport Museum has reopened in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York. There are 16 galleries to navigate with a lively interweaving of the city and the sea. Among the sightings are Edward Burtynsky’s Shipbreaking; New York City panoramas by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and Sylvia Plachy; and images of Occupy Wall Street captured by photojournalists.


Gallery Beat 


San Diego has a new gallery in the Art and Design District of Kettner Boulevard that is featuring the best in contemporary photography. Jennifer DeCarlo, founder of JDC Fine Art, says that her plan is to show works that are “bold, figurative, and impactful.” A recent Chicago transplant, she had worked for three years at the Schneider Gallery… SF Camerawork has a new home at 1011 Market Street, next door to The Luggage Store Gallery. Jensen Architects, San Francisco’s premier architecture firm, designed the space. There are plans for a  festive opening party in May… Alan Klotz has closed his Chelsea gallery and will be dealing privately… Carte Blanche is an innovative new photo gallery and bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District. According to owner Gwen LaFage, her mission is made up of four simple principles: 1) Buy art. Make history. 2) Forget collecting. We’re connecting. 3) Photography for everyone. 4) On the web, and on the ground. Her March show features Lukasz Biederman’s Poland, The City Sleeps.