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  • Mar 04, 2020

What’s Up in New York

Uptown, downtown, west side, east side—there are art fairs and exhibitions in every district around Manhattan, spilling over into Brooklyn, in the first week of March. The anchor tenant is the 26-year-old Armory Show (March 4–8), on Piers 90 and 94, with nearly 200 galleries from 30-plus countries. It has lots of competition for collectors’ attention. Independent (March 5–8), in Tribeca, was founded in 2009 as an alternative to the Armory Show and presents nearly 70 galleries in what feels like a curated exhibition rather than an art fair. Volta (March 4–8) is back, with more than 50 galleries, many of them international—from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Turkey. Spring / Break Art Show (March 3–9), despite being on Madison Avenue in Midtown, is the emerging-artist, hipster-crowd destination. The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has jettisoned a fair altogether, instead organizing shows for its 60-plus members at galleries and other spaces around the city, including in Brooklyn and Queens. Between or before visiting fairs, here are nine exhibitions of artists from Asia to check out at New York galleries and nonprofits.

GUO HONGWEI, Remedies for Sorrow Diagram No. 3 – Cough Remedy, 2019, watercolor on paper, 50 × 65 cm. Courtesy the artist and Chambers Fine Art, New York / Beijing.