NYC Arts Events Will Generate More Than $54 Million In Economic Activity

By NYC.gov - MAR. 06, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg, Cultural
Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, President of The Armory Show Noah Horowitz
and President of the Art Dealers Association of America Dorsey Waxter today
kicked off a week of arts-related activities and events taking place in New
York City from March 7th to March 10th. The Armory Show
and The Art Show are expected to draw more than 66,000 attendees
and generate more than $54 million in economic activity in New York City.

Other art shows and fairs
taking place include: Independent, PooL Art Fair, Scope
NY, Volta
NY, and ArtExpoNY. Last year, a
record 52 million people visited New
York City, and more than 20 million of those visitors participated
in a cultural activity during their stay. The kickoff took place at the opening
of the Armory Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan,
where the Mayor was joined by Art Dealers Association of America Director Linda
Blumberg and Museum
of Modern Art Director Glenn D. Lowry.

"Today New York City is the center
of the modern art world, and the arts have never been stronger or more vibrant here,"
said Mayor Bloomberg. "Every year, this week is one of the most exciting, and
most important, on the cultural calendar. Thousands of artists, collectors,
curators, and art lovers flock to New York City to take advantage of this
week's happenings, and that's good news for the city's tourism industry and our
economy."

The centennial edition of the
Armory Show will take place from March 7th to March 10th at
Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan's West Side. The show will feature 214 exhibitors
who represent the world's leading art dealers - including 71 galleries based in
New York City.
The gala preview on March 6 will support Museum of Modern Art,
an internally renowned art institution that serves more than 2.5 million New
Yorkers and visitors each year.

"Every March, art fairs led by The
Armory Show and The Art Show provide an excellent opportunity for audiences to
engage with remarkable artists, galleries, and cultural groups from across the City
and around the world," said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. "New York's extraordinary
creative community enhances neighborhoods in all five boroughs all year round,
and these fairs underscore how critical the arts are to our economy, identity,
and quality of life."

 "We are proud to partner again with
The Armory Show and The Art Show to welcome artists, galleries, collectors, critics
and curators from around the world to experience the energy and vibrancy of New
York City's cultural community," said George Fertitta CEO of NYC & Company.
"We encourage visitors and New Yorkers to take advantage of the dozens of art
shows and events taking place this week across the City."

Noah Horowitz, Executive Director
of the Armory Show, said, "This is an important year for The Armory Show, both
in New York
and as an international Fair. I'm delighted that the strength of the 2013
edition has been reflected across so much of our programme, from the incredible
works brought by our exhibitors over 2,500 of which have been viewed online
prior to opening ­ to our special projects. We are also honoured by the
prestigious and talented individuals who have joined our new collector group,
the Centennial Committee, and I look forward to their input in future editions
of one of New York's major lynchpins of the art market."

Throughout the week, many public
events organized in partnership with the Armory Show will take place at various
museums, galleries and non-profit organizations in neighborhoods citywide, under
the umbrella of "Armory Arts Week." These include Uptown and Museum Mile (March
5), SoHo Night and Bronx Day (March 7), Long Island City Night (March 8),
Chelsea Day and Brooklyn Night (March 9), and the Lower East Side/Downtown
(March 10).

The 25th annual Art
Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, will take place from
March 6 to March 10 at the Park Avenue Armory. The show will feature more than
70 exhibitors who represent the nation's leading art dealers - the majority of
which are based in New York City.
The Art Show's gala preview on March 5 supported The Henry Street Settlement, a
New York City
agency that delivers a wide range of social services, healthcare and arts
programming to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year.

Art Dealers Association of America President,
Dorsey Waxter said, "New York City
is truly a global art capital, and the art fairs this week present an invaluable
opportunity for visitors to interact with artists and artworks from around the
world. ADAA galleries in The Art Show at The Park Avenue Armory present
museum-like exhibitions of renowned artists that will inspire and reflect the
creativity for which New York
is known."

For information about art shows and
other events taking place this week, visit nyc.gov

MIKE BLOOMBERG

Chairman of the Serpentine Gallery in London, UK

IN MIKE'S WORDS

The arts play a vital role in bringing new energy to cities – along with new visitors and more economic activity.

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