What is the best Art Fair in the USA? What makes for a compelling exhibit of this subjective subject of art?
Hubby and I have been attending the Park Avenue Armory show for many years now. It is a favorite spring activity that we enjoy as a couple.
The art is on the expensive side, but the curating is excellent and the experience is enormously captivating and surprisingly intimate.
The Park Avenue Armory is a beautiful venue in terms of architecture and breathtaking woodwork.
This site is an historical landmark and arguably the city’s most dynamic new arts center. It is unflinchingly dedicated to visual and performing art. As well, it is a non-profit organization. How can you beat that?
Bright pink and abundant fresh flowers grace the entry to this prestigious show.
However, before even entering of this art show, this landmark impresses with its rich old world craftsmanship embellished by exquisite light fixtures and grand staircases.
Annually, this art show is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). All admission fees from this Art Show, as well as proceeds from the Gala Preview, benefit the Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s leading social service, arts, and health care organizations.
Captivating art and an opportunity to support a good cause is hard to resist!
I would have loved to have taken photos of the beautiful paintings that we had the opportunity to see. However I thought the flash from my camera would be disconcerting to the other attendees who were also appreciating the art.
That said, you can see some images here. Enjoy them!
At this point you may be wondering what I wore for this weekend art fair. They answer would be quite the mouthful, or paragraph in this case, so I will share two photos.
Black silk velvet is the perfect fabric for a spring day that is still a bit chilly. Created by Carmen Marc Volvo, this coat is deliciously soft and drapes elegantly. So much so that it feels organic and a part of me! The bugle beads caught the light just so.
Purchased at either Michael’s or Encore, this coat was a bit pricey, but a a good buy nonetheless. The fabric and embellishment are excellent and a coat like this could easily have cost 10 times more. My skirt is a floral print and pleated number, bought second-hand in 2015. The sweater is cashmere by Elie Tahari, also bought at consignment .
Today, white I enjoy the best art fair in the USA, I am pleased to be able to wear three of my favorite things. My orange twilly- seen here last- and croc Kelly ( both Hermés.. please don’t judge, a long story) and this luminous black coat. My panther bracelet is also a thing I treasure. So okay, let’s make that four!
Do you know the feeling of wearing something so lovely that women stop and smile at you? This is how I felt that day.
It might be an opportune time to say that I really do dress for myself, and for other women as well. However, my husband did also appreciate this ensemble.
Dressing up is something that is being done less and less these days. But as I say this, I understand that when people do take this extra effort, it is truly appreciated by many. We should all take the opportunity to dress up when we feel like it!
See a detail shot below:
Now I need to mention this. While I am talking about dressing up, I must confess that recently I’ve been wearing yoga pants and/ or camouflage joggers most of this month.
So I do not want to sound hypocritical! It has been a month….
The best Art Fair in the USA is subjective.
I also like small art shows that represent local and emerging artists. Certainly, I also enjoy craft shows that feature the individual artisan. Another favorite of mine is one that happens in East Hampton every summer. I have purchased Art at both the Park Avenue Armory Fair and the smaller art show on the East End. Even eBay has bee a source for art that I treasure .
How subjective is art? This is the topic of intense debate. Alas, it is an individual and somewhat of an emotional decision.
Let’s take the following two images as an example!
Framed the image looks like this:
So, are you interested in the provenance and background of this artist? LOL!
As I was taking a photograph of my silk velvet coat my hand was unsteady. I ended up with this image below. At this point I edited this image with an app, and then “framed” it with another app.
So this was just an accidental photo. The process took under two minutes. However, it does beg the controversial question of what we consider fine art. This, however, is not!
What is fine art! What is the best art fair in the USA?
Where do you go to buy your art? Do you decorate with your own photos?
Do you paint, sketch or sculpt?
I am curious about your responses ! So please let me know!
—— XOXO, Elle——