ARMORY WEEK 2017

Scenes of Madness from High Above Times Square at Spring/Break Art Fair

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Katie Thompson

Vanity Fair decamped from its premises at 4 Times Square in Midtown Manhattan in 2016, leaving its office space largely abandoned until this week, when it became the headquarters for Armory Week’s anti-Armory little sibling: the Spring/Break art fair. That means that through the weekend, the 22nd floor—plus the 23rd floor, the unfinished concrete floors of which once belonged to a law office—is once again occupied, but this time around with everything from a fully functioning barber shop to a tech-free isolation chamber to a workshop of sorts where six women saw squeakily away at stubbornly solid blocks of foam. There are kitchens made entirely of cardboard and papier-mâché, and offices that have been painted entirely black, turned into caves made of honeycomb, and given a hot pink makeover with shaggy neon rugs. If that wasn’t enough, it’s all against the backdrop of bustling Times Square, too—an ever-flashing array of screens that keep the show’s theme this year, “Black Mirror,” ever on the mind. See the best scenes from inside the madness, here.

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The view at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Barbershop,” curated by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Special Project: Gateway by Leah Piepgras, curated by Grin, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Greg Haberny, curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Nancy Davidson in Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Mirror Mirror,” curated by Adam Mignanelli and Caroline Larsen, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“TV Guide,” curated Suzanne Kim, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“RHW Enterprises,” curated by Laura Dvorkin, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Old Glory” by David Kramer i n”Special Project: American/Woman,” curated by Katharine Mulherin, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Them,” curated by Lynn Sullivan, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Opal,” curated by Katya Braxton, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“The Avi Whort Collection,” curated by Carol Bove, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Kosmo Vinyl: Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump,” curated by Sara Driver, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene from Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Barbershop,” curated by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Special Project: Gateway by Leah Piepgras, curated by Grin, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Jason Peters in “Extrospection,” curated by Ché Morales, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Special Project: “Splendid Isolation: Pathological Self-Absorption Before the Age of Social Media,” curated by Douglas Wallace/Kent Fine Art, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Sight Specific,” curated by Dawne Langford, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“I Was Thinking About Everything and Then Again I Was Thinking About Nothing,” curated by Justin Dedemko, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Do You Feel Lucky Punk,” curated by Maureen Sullivan, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Mirror Mirror,” curated by Adam Mignanelli and Caroline Larsen, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A work by Shona McAndrew at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“In Search of: Chromatic Hi-Five!,” curated by Scott Chasse, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Jude Talichet at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“By Proxy,” curated by Caroline Tilleard and Anna Maria Cuevas, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Will Rahilly: Campfire,” curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Ancestral Hive” by Lerone Wilson, curated by Katya Valevich, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“Melissa Goody-Nieto: Dream Journal,” curated by Ambre and Andrew Gori, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Hillary Gabryel in “Mutual Orbit,” curated by Debra Freelander and Hillary Gabryel, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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Erin Ko in “Personal Tesseract,” curated by Anne Spalter,” at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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“NDD Immersion Room,” curated by Amani Olu, at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.

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A scene at Spring/Break Art Show 2017 at 4 Times Square.