It's March Madness for Art Lovers in NYC

March is a particularly flush time for art lovers, with compelling fairs, shows and auctions.

Though NYC abounds with provocative art shows and auctions nearly any day of the year, March is a particularly flush time for art lovers. In addition to seasonal auctions and exhibitions, Armory Week (March 3-6) and Asia Week (March 10-19) bring fine art spanning cultures and centuries. Below, a look at some of the most compelling fairs, shows and auctions of note this month.

Fairs

Be sure to wear your walking shoes at The Armory Show (March 3-6), which fills the West Side’s Piers 92 and 94 during Armory Week. Thought-provoking works on display include depictions of crumbling South African architecture by Ivory Coast-based photographer François-Xavier Gbré (Galerie Cécile Fakhoury-Abidjan, pictured above). Piers 92 and 94, 212.645.6440, thearmoryshow.com

On the Upper East Side, art lovers find 30 antiquities dealers with expertise in Chinese, Japanese and Oceanic art at the Asia Art Fair (March 11-15). Objects available for purchase include hand-painted scrolls and screens (Lotus Gallery). Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., 212.988.1733, the asiaartfair.com

At the Affordable Art Fair (March 30-April 3) accessibility and art go hand in hand. Fairgoers find original works for as low as $100 and talks on subjects that include designing your home around art. The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., 212.255.2003, affordableartfair.com/newyork

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Galleries

Staley-Wise Gallery

At Staley-Wise Gallery, visitors are whisked into another world in the gravity-defying 1960s fashion snaps of New York-based photographer Melvin Sokolsky (on view thru April 18). Sokolsky’s surrealist-influenced photography features floating globes traversing such photogenic cities as Paris and NYC (pictured above). 560 Broadway, 212.966.6223, staleywise.com

Midcentury minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly’s austere black-and-white photo prints of shadows and the outdoors speak to the painter’s fascination with shape and form. The first-ever exhibition of his photographic work (shot between 1950 and 1982) is on view thru April 30 at Matthew Marks Gallery. 523 W. 24th St., 212.243.0200, matthewmarks.com

New York-based painter Gregory Thielker captures the beauty in the mundane, such as driving in the rain, in his meditative hyper-realistic paintings of rain-splattered windshields (on view March 5-April 2) at Castor Gallery. 254 Broome St., 212.321.0223, castorgallery.com

Auctions

Bonhams' Fine Japanese Works of Art

Held during NYC’s Asia Week, Bonhams’ Fine Japanese Works of Art auction (March 16) includes historical artifacts that span the centuries and showcase cultural tendencies toward naturalism and spatial realism. These themes can be seen in the climbing plants and depiction of the interior space on this turn-of-the-last-century trinket box modeled after a cottage (pictured above). 580 Madison Ave., 212.644.9001, bonhams.com

At Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated auction (March 3) during Armory Week, works by leading 20th- and 21st-century artists go to the highest bidder. Paintings by Tom Wesselmann and Josef Albers are among the works on the block. 1334 York Ave., 212.606.7000, sothebys.com

History buffs, take note: Swann Auction Galleries’ Printed & Manuscript African Americana auction (March 31) features letters, rare books, ephemera and one-of-a-kind pieces, including items from a World War II Tuskegee Airman. 104 E. 25th St., 212.254.4710, swanngalleries.com