2021 Fall Preview: Art Shows

The Super Colossal Museum Shows

Biennials, triennials, and quinquennials…the contemporary art scene of NYC is overloaded with massive museum shows this fall and next spring. Of course, you could skip them: often difficult, complicated, and unwieldy, with ideas and execution ranging from adequate to superlative, these exhibitions are trials of endurance that no visitor should have to undergo. But for those willing to try (or who prepared beforehand by reading our excellent reviews), the thrill and delight of discovering an artist you didn’t know about or seeing a fantastical display that stays in the memory for years afterward, is always a pleasure.

MoMA PS 1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens): Greater New York 2021 (October 7, 2021 – April 22, 2022)

The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx): Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial (October 20, 2021 – January 16, 2022)

New Museum (235 Bowery): 2021 Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone (October 28, 2021 – January 23, 2022)

Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street): Whitney Biennial 2022 (April 5, 2022 – August 31, 2022)

The Art Shows

The many, many art shows held in New York are trying to start up again – we advise you to check the websites and sign up for their newsletters, since there may be cancellations or revisions to events. Although we do recommend these shows as a quick way to pick up the new or existing trends in collecting, please remember that if you have any doubts about health/cleanliness protocols of the venue or visitors, everything important will be online as well.

September 2021

9/9 – 9/12: The Armory Show, Javits Center, 36th Street and 11th Avenue

9/9 – 9/12: Art on Paper, Pier 36, 299 South Street

9/10 – 9/12: Independent New York, Cipriani South Street, 10 South Street at the Battery Maritime Building

9/23 – 9/26: The Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

October 2021

10/15 – 10/31: IFPDA Fine Art Fair (online only), 421 Eleventh Avenue, River Pavilion at Javits Center

10/18 – 10/31: E/AB Editions Artists’ Book Fair (online only), 269 Eleventh Avenue, The Tunnel

10/29 – 10/31: ArtExpo New York, 711 Twelfth Avenue, Pier 94

November 2021

11/3 – 11/7: ADAA Art Show, Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue

11/11 – 11/15: The Salon Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue

And a new entrant, Art House, located at 660 Madison Avenue (60th Street), will have private showrooms for their international gallery members as well as event spaces for seasonal fairs and special programs. The building opens November 4 with the art fair Art House New York Fall, showcasing 60 galleries. There will also be a special presentation, Women Who Dared, 50 works by women spanning 2,500 years of history, from the Sandi and Bill Nicholson Collection, with ticket sales benefiting Nurse Heroes, a non-profit that provides educational scholarships to nursing students and their children.

January 2022

Overview of The WInter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC

1/20 – 1/30: The Winter Show, Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue