Park Avenue Armory

British artist Martin Creed transforms the Park Avenue Armory into a Gilded Age fun house, thru Aug. 7. But is it art?

5 days, 5 art fairs: The first week in March is a roaring success for art lovers and collectors.

Through March 8, art enthusiasts are treated to 72 gallery exhibitions at the Park Avenue Armory!

Every January, without fail, when I enter the Winter Antiques Show, I think of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist and Egyptologist, who unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. I see Carter peering through a chink at the top of the stone wall separating him from the tomb’s antechamber, his only illumination a candle. “Can you see anything?” Lord Carnarvon, the backer of the exhibition, asks impatiently from behind. “Yes, wonderful things,” Carter blurts out. My sentiments exactly. And this year the “things” are even more wonderful as the Winter Antiques Show marks its 60th year, or Diamond Jubilee.

The Winter Antiques Show, Jan. 25-Feb. 3, never ceases to amaze. But this year, its 59th consecutive year as the mainstay of New York's winter art and antiques calendar, it outdoes itself. Could it be that, like many a 59 year old, its thoughts turned to a face-lift? The look of the show, from the cream paneled architecture of the booths to the enhanced lighting to the bright buff carpet that replaces the industrial gray of yore, has been freshened.

Wrapping up the Park Avenue Armory’s 2012 season is Ann Hamilton’s solo exhibit the event of a thread, which closes this Sunday, January 6th. I heard about the show over the holidays and when I found out it was closing this weekend, I rushed out to see the huge installation and test out one or two of the 40 swings suspended from the ceiling of the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot space.

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