Ak Jansen courtesy Ivy Brown Gallery

Armory Week Insider Picks

New York is the magnet of the Art World in the coming week, drawing artists, collectors, and dealers from, well, everywhere, to see, to sell, and to select, from the best there is on offer, works to add to those collections…

You already know what’s on the circuit, so please allow us to invite you a bit off the beaten track to enjoy some gems you might otherwise overlook!

New England regional artist Carol Scavotto has been in the vanguard of topical, activist conceptual art with a strong visual flourish since creating performance and video art in the 1970’s. Never one to shy away from any content or media, Scavotto has spent the last year exploring sensuality, mainly in works on exotic paper. Changing it up, she brings a series of deceptively sweet, seriously sexy and subtly subversive embroidered works, Silk Thread Paintings, to NYC for one week. You can catch her at Chelsea’s Clio Art Fair, March 5-8, at 550 West 29th Street, with free admission on March 6, or at her website,

NEWS FLASH! On March 6 from 1-3 Clio is offering free legal consulting for those applying for the O1 Visa, reserved to aliens of extraordinary ability. To book an appointment contact .

Symbiotic collaborators Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song make an irresistible connection between 21st Century selfie culture and 20th Century Pop Art in the photography exhibition, Not Afraid to Die. Curated by Milk +Night, the exhibition features photos of and by the artists, seamlessly meshing hi-voltage digital eye-candy with a nostalgia for Warholian sensibilities that is truly food for thought. In the gallery at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, through March 25.

Aptly located in the Meatpacking District’s venerable and iconic triangle building is Ivy Brown Gallery. Ivy’s program always lives up to its tagline, “Bringing Unusual Art to the People.” Her opening receptions are true salons packed with interesting people, and you can catch one Wednesday, March 4, 6-8 pm, for Netherlands artist Ak Jansen’s first NYC solo show, WE’RE HERE, featuring Jansen’s ceramics, textiles, and drawings. The work, which “honors the queer community’s ethic of creative self-making…is about the nature of bodies – in relation to each other but also to themselves; shifting, in flux, and at times against their own will – transforming.” Through April 1, more at

On March 5th, you can catch another reception in nearby Chelsea. This one closes the intimate exhibition Orange, of works featuring just that color, by abstract painter Ian Mack, at Opus Project Space, 526 West 26th Street #705, from 6-8 PM. If you can’t make it Thursday or can’t get enough, Ian will also welcome you at his studio in the same building Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 as he participates in the latest edition of the High Line Open Studios, where you can visit 45 artists working in this vibrant Art District. 

Visit for a complete list of artists and a map to guide your explorations in art!


If you love birds and art, the place to be Friday is the wonderful Wild Bird Fund, an inspiring and energetic rescue and rehab organization on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Fund is presenting Eternal Pigeons, by Katrina Slavik, who celebrates the birds that eke out a living in our urban environment with wall sculptures that mix industrial and natural materials, curated by Andrew Aves Garn. Join the reception March 6 from 6-8, or catch the show and meet the rescued creatures at 565 Columbus Avenue (87th St) thru March 22, 8AM-8PM. 50% of sales benefit the Wild Bird Fund!

And, when you see something you love, post it to Instagram and tag #art511mag!



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