Once the fashion set says au revoir to New York City for Paris, the Big Apple begins preparations for another week of crowded shows, champagne fueled–openings, and glitzy parties held at sun-drenched Upper East Side townhouses. The city’s annual Arts Week, the art world’s equivalent of fashion week, draws collectors, gallerists, artists, and spectators from around the globe.
Though the week includes dozens of fairs around the city, the flagship is The Amory Show, whose VIP preview on Thursday drew art world stars and celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, while legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham milled around capturing the sartorially-inclined guests.
Here are the 10 coolest things we saw at the fairs, from Dustin Yellin’s shredded money pieces at the Spring/Break Art Show to Glenn Kaino’s oft-Instagrammed installation of 100 copper arrows at the Armory Show.
1. Grace Villamil, A Door within a Door within a Door, curated by Fabiana Faria + Helena Barquet (Coming Soon) and Katya Braxton (above)
Grace Villamil’s multi-sensory installation invited people to enter her massive gold mylar rock formations, while a custom score and scent completed the experience.
2. Dustin Yellin & Bazaar Teens, The Riches of God’s Love unto the Vessels of Mercy
3. Glenn Kaino, A Shout Within a Storm
4. Bel Linquist, White Powder Gold
Chanel and Fendi. To browse her more affordable prints, and seriously amazing wrapping paper, visit her Etsy store.
5. Hank Willis Thomas, #ArtsyTakeover
Artsy, Hank Willis Thomas’s installation featured a string of words, which took new meaning when illuminated by an iPhone. The resulting phrase, “Life Imitates Ads Imitate Art Imitates Life,” may have been the headliner of the entire week.
6. Brian Bess, 370 Cover
7. Michael Marra, Chandelini
8. Robert Montgomery, The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You
9. Carla Gannis, The Garden of Emoji Delights
10. David LaChapelle, Gas Shell
Diesel. His fine art photography is just as dazzling.