The Armory Show kicks off its four-day run at Piers 92 & 94 tomorrow. So grab your date, don your best pensive expression and do it up right. Our guide:
With more than 200 galleries displaying thousands of works, Armory week can be … overwhelming. Hook up a private tour from in-the-know art dealers and gallery owners, or join our friends at CultureHorde for an exclusive private preview and tour of the exhibition before it opens — followed by a champagne reception. Just enter invitation code "CHX1r3Pzt" and referring member "Inside Hook" to become a member. Tres civilized.
Strolling miles of exhibits and pretending to understand the postmodern condition generates an appetite. Book a dinner rez on the fly with Zurvu, a new app that cops prime seating times at impossible-to-get-into restos and flips them to you for a small fee. The best way to grab last-minute tables at white-hot spots like Neta or Charlie Bird with nary a hassle.
What art shows are really good for: a reminder your own wall decor is lacking. Armory partner Artsy has you covered with a database of more than 65,000 works from galleries around the world, complete with crack art specialists to help you find the perfect piece. Some of our favorites: the patriotism-meets-pinup collages of Robert Mars, the laser-cut currency of NY tattoist-cum-artiste Scott Campbell and the iconic stencilry of Mr. OBEY himself, Shepard Fairey.