The unhurried elegance of the annual ADAA Art Show has always seemed like an outlier when staged within the distracting bustle of the cacophonous Armory Week art fairs. With out-of-town collectors running around from fair to fair, trying to jam in as many venues as possible into a handful of days, its quiet discussions have always felt a bit stilted, like we somehow needed to be moving more quickly so as not to miss something important somewhere else.
But by pushing the fair ahead a week this year, and thereby away from the jangling competition of the others, the patient, never crowded air of the ADAA Art Show seems to have found its natural rhythm. The strength of the fair has always been its stately reserve, and the ability to actually have an engaged conversation about the art on view is an advantage on which it can now better capitalize.
This fair has never been a major venue for photography, but there are always a selection of works (and booths) worth discovering. What follows below are some of photographic highlights for this year’s hallways, offered in slideshow form. A short discussion of each work is provided, along with our usual background of linked gallery names, artist names, and prices.