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This year’s New York Art Week has been quite a treat. While the safe-player titans like The Armory Show have once again amazed with the scope of presented works and galleries, I changed focus to visit and study less-known and somewhat peculiar shows — here’s my report.

1. NADA Art Fair

The New Art Dealers Alliance, dedicated to the cultivation of new voices in contemporary art, turned the 60,000 sq ft ground floor of Skylight Clarkson SQ in SoHo into a massive showcase of new fine and performance artists.

In a city like New York, branding a show is key. One of the simplest and most striking brand identities — at NADA welcomes visitors with cardboard structures and sharp sans-serif typeface

Works by Kelly Akashi

Magical still life by Genesis Belanger (@genesisbelanger)

Sculpture works by Polish artist Przemek Pyszczek (@pishcheck) inspired by Soviet playgrounds

2. Independent New York

An invitational art fair devised by and for gallerists, which re-examines traditional methods of presenting, viewing, and experiencing contemporary art was hosted at creative agency Spring Studios’ spectacular SoHo showroom.

3. Art on Paper

The only show located in Manhattan’s downtown was also special in picking its exhibitors: all of the showcased 80 galleries represent artists working exclusively on paper.

Works by Anita Groener (@anitagroener)

Paper typography works by Hideto Yagi

4. Spring/Break Art Show

Using underused and atypical New York City spaces to challenge the traditional landscape of the art market, this year’s show took place at the heart of the city at one of Times Square’s most iconic office buildings — 4 Times Square.

A pressing conference by Macon Reed (@macon_reed_studio)

5. Clio Art Fair

To participate in the Art Week, most artists need to be represented by a gallery — but not at Clio. A fair dubbed as “anti-fair” showcased independent voices from emerging to iconic artists such as Man Ray, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Yang Mai and John Ruppert.

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