ADAA: A Fair to Remember Starts a Month of Art Show Madness, Roberta Smith, The New York Times

March 1, 2018

At the booth of the 303 Gallery, a solo exhibition of new and older works by Mary Heilmann includes paintings, glazed ceramics and an arrangement of furniture. Credit: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

The ADAA Art Show has made a smart move, scheduling its annual occupation of the Park Avenue Armory a week before the March Madness of New York’s art fairs. Those who give it their undivided attention, without pressure of competing events, will be richly rewarded. This year’s incarnation is the 30th gathering organized by the Art Dealers Association of America and it overflows with interesting material, new and not, in solo and group presentations. Herewith, some tips to help you navigate your way.

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You don’t expect sensory overload from Chelsea types. Nonetheless, the 303 Gallery gave the multi-dexterous Mary Heilmann the run of its booth, filled with her ceramics, furniture and paintings in tones of red and pink. Luhring Augustine has a terrific group show of sculptures by artists including Lygia Clark, Rachel Whiteread and Christopher Wool spread across two tall tables. And David Zwirner continues its 25th-anniversary celebration with a floor-to-ceiling, something-for-everyone hang of works by 50 artists. Among many notable efforts is Josh Smith’s festive depiction of Death — in an ornamented frame that borders on the living end.