Art In The City By Jonathan Velardi

Armory 2011

New York City is for all seasons and its culture clock never stops ticking. With the letters A, R, T as synonymous with the city as it’s very own N, Y, C acronym, the best of the world’s art and design can be found on every block. Here is artist Jonathan Velardi’s pick of the best….

Guggenheim, MoMa, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art are only a handful of world-famous institutions that provide the city with a calendar of exhibitions and events for all tastes and styles throughout the year.

The European Masters – Constable, Gainsborough and Holbein – all take residence at The Frick Collection on the Upper East Side. Alternatively, you can master the imaginative world of American painter George Condo and his current exhibition, ‘‘Mental States,’’ at New Museum in the East Village.

For design aficionados, innovative arts and crafts from past and present are documented at the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle, and if you like to be on the pulse of emerging talent, head East to MoMA’s sister space, PS1, in Queens.

For a shift in focus, head to The Studio Museum Harlem located in the heart of Harlem’s energetic neighbourhood on East 125th Street. The museum promotes artists from African descent as well as works that have been inspired by black culture, providing a diverse representation of art and society within a contemporary context.

To experience the art markets at work, join the conoscenti crusade and follow the art pack to The Armory Show in March. The show is one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the world, with its heritage dating back to 1913 as the first display of modern art presented in America. Thousands of visitors descend on New York City’s West side at Piers 92 and 94 for a week of eyeing up and buying up.

Art in the City

There are several other fairs and events taking place throughout the city that coincide with The Armory Show. The Big Apple celebrates the arts in a big way and this period is a great time to experience all the must-see neighbourhoods.

Diary favourites are Volta’s Artprojx Cinema that will be screening over 80 artists’ films and videos at The SVA Theatre in Chelsea, as well as the series of outdoor commissions from artists Eva Rothschild and Rob Pruitt by the Public Art Fund, around central Manhattan.