While winter is beautiful, all candy lights and the romance of snow, spring is a vibrant green that sees New York reinvigorated and animated, beautifully contrasted with the dazzle of sunshine rays permeating through its glittering skyscrapers.
"Spring has returned," the poet Rainer Maria Rilke once said. "The earth is like a child that knows poems."
A beautiful sentiment to ponder as New York sets about getting into the swing of things, artistically speaking. It unofficially marks the beginning of the arts fairs season. Here are some of the major shows to jot down in the diary.
SCOPE New York
Skylight at Moynihan Station
March 7th – 10th
The eleventh edition of SCOPE New York will be another spectacular affair, continuing in its long tradition of promoting emerging artists. This year sees 55 galleries from around the world set up space alongside 22 Breeder Program institutions.
This is a space for the art world to take note, if not for the fact that the alumni of the Breeder Program is rather spectacular: Peres Projects, John Connelly Presents, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Daniel Reich Gallery, Bischoff/Weiss, Taxter Spengemann, Magical Artroom and Spinello Projects to name but a few.
The Armory Art Show
Piers 92 & 94, Central Manhattan
March 7th – 10th
One of the biggest contemporary and modern art fairs in the world, the Armory Art Show is America's longest running expo, celebrated for being one of the definitive voices on twentieth century and twenty first century art.
This year sees the fair deliver a strong roster of exhibitions, including a "revelatory" offering from David Zwirner, who will be introducing "show stopping" early works by Milton Avery. Another gem sees Cheim & Read showcase never before seen works by Jannis Kounellis.
548 West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
March 7th – 10th
Four years on from its inaugural edition, Independent is fast cementing itself as one of the most interesting fairs in New York. This year's incarnation is especially dedicated to non-profit organisations that were devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Participating galleries include 47 canal, The Approach, Elizabeth Dee, The Kitchen, Richard Telles, Real Fine Arts, Star Books, White Columns, Printed Matter, The Modern Institute, Maureen Paley and Labor.
March 21st – 24th
One of the largest fine art trade shows in the world, Art Expo is a sweeping platform that brings together dealers, collectors and buyers, providing them with direct access to some of the most interesting works of art currently being produced.
In its long and illustrious history – some 34 years to be exact – it has hosted the crème de la crème of the art world, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indian, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman.
Affordable Art Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion April 3rd – 7th
Launched in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair has established itself in a category of its own, bringing high quality and affordable art to the masses. Visitors are able to discover original and exceptional works of art from as little as $100 (approximately £66). Novices need to be aware that, when it comes transporting your fine art, securing professional removal services is a must.
The great thing about the expo is its ability to bring art back to the masses. After all, there has been, from the modern period onwards, a notable decline in interest in fine art for the public at large. Here, people can really rediscover the importance of art as a cultural medium.