The Armory Show has commissioned British artist Ewan Gibbs to create the visual identity for the 2009 fair. Gibbs artwork, which will feature iconic images of New York City, will set the aesthetic for the fairs look, will be featured in all of the fairs advertising and marketing materials and will be showcased in the catalogue.
This will be the eighth year The Armory Show has commissioned an artist to define the image of the fair and a pivotal moment in the history of the show. The eleventh edition of the fair will introduce The Armory Show Modern, a new section on Pier 92 dedicated to dealers specializing in Modern and secondary market works, while its celebrated contemporary program continues on Pier 94.
According to Executive Director Katelijne De Backer, Ewan Gibbs is the ideal artist to represent both sections of The Armory Show 2009. His meticulous, meditative drawings reference early Modern movements like Pointilism while remaining firmly contemporary. And his choice of New York as a subject is clearly close to our heart, as the citys support of the arts is a vital part of our fairs success."
Ewan Gibbs attended Goldsmiths College in London and is known for painstaking grisaille drawings on graph paper composed of minute pixel-like marks. Gibbs initially became known for images of hotel rooms based on photographs from brochures and advertisements, and has since worked on series of baseball players, cities at night, hotel facades and New York City. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at SFMoMA and his work is in the collection of institutions such as MoMA, SFMoMA, the Tate, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many others. He is represented by Timothy Taylor Gallery in London, Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas, and Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.