The Armory Show

March 6 - 9, 2014
Piers 92 & 94
New York City

Selections from The Armory Show in the Press


The Art Market

"Sales were buoyant at all price levels."
Georgina Adam
Financial Times
March 14, 2014

Billionaires Join Celebrities at Armory Show on Art Surge

"“We are happy to be here," said Thaddaeus Ropac...His was among several prominent international galleries that returned to the Armory Show after a hiatus, encouraged by recent changes. Organizers reduced the number of participants to 205 this year from 272 in 2011, invested in new 12-foot-tall booth walls, added a VIP lounge and offered upgraded food choices including Manhattan’s Boqueria and Brooklyn’s Mile End deli."
Katya Kazakina
Bloomberg
March 7, 2014

Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show: New York's busiest art week

"The Armory Show, by contrast, beat expectations...the Armory has made a substantial push under its young director, Noah Horowitz, to refresh itself with a more rigorous selection process and a more international scope.

“That’s one of the great things about the fair in New York. It’s unlike Dubai, or even Miami. It’s not just the black-card holders. It’s the rank and file of the profession, it’s all these students. You have an audience that feels real."
Jason Farago
The Guardian
March 7, 2014

At the Armory Show, China Takes the Spotlight

"While the westernmost frontier of Midtown may feel a world away when wind chill is still a factor, this weekend is a rare opportunity to get an informed, firsthand tour of East Asia’s most developed art world, accessible via taxi."
Kevin McGarry
T: The New York Times Style Magazine
March 6, 2014

An Art-Fair Survival Guide

"This time around, the Armory Show added galleries from Saudi Arabia and Hungary for the first time. Director Noah Horowitz also enlisted a museum director in Beijing to handpick a roster of 17 Chinese galleries for its Focus section—including hip Shanghai art collective MadeIn Company, whose name offers a wry nod to products Made in China."
Kelly Crow
The Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2014

Partying With Art 'Addicts'

"I think the Armory is doing a great thing, with a lot of the art. At the end of the day, we're all addicts," he said. "Some display art, some buy art. But we're all here."
Carson Griffith
The Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2014

The Armory Show Puts China Into Focus

"However, the China section won’t include the country’s biggest names on the global art market. Instead of rolling out the usual suspects — Zhang Xiaogang and Yue Minjun, say — the 17 invited galleries from China and Hong Kong are exhibiting up-and-comers like Xu Zhen, Zhao Yao and Wang Luyan.

“The theme is to show the dynamism of contemporary art in China," said Philip Tinari, director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, who curated the fair’s Armory Focus: China section. The works from China will also serve as an eye-opener for New York’s jaded art world, not least because many of the artists on show have never exhibited overseas – mostly, these days, by choice."
Jason Chow
The Wall Street Journal
March 5, 2014

THE 2014 ARMORY SHOW'S MOST ANTICIPATED GALLERIES AND ARTISTS

"Tis the season in New York for art collectors, with a plethora of art fairs poised to descend upon the city...The main event, however, continues to be the Armory Show, now in its 16th year of bringing modern and contemporary art to the city."
Janelle Zara
Architectural Digest
March 4, 2014

An Insider's Guide to New York's Three Big March Art Fairs

"The offerings during New York’s big art fair week in March are arguably even deeper and more significant.

Starting March 5, rain and slush will have to fade into the background as more than 300 galleries will be showing their wares at the three most significant events: The Armory Show, the Art Dealers Association of America’s Art Show, and Independent."
Ted Loos
Vogue
March 4, 2014

The Culture List: The Armory Show

"The Armory continues a tradition of exhibiting major contemporary works, many that will scandalize or mystify on their way to museum collections."
Elien Blue Becque
Vanity Fair
February 28, 2014

Wryly Nibbling at His Bread and Butter: At the Heart of the Armory Show, a Chinese Provocateur

"Part of Mr. Xu’s role in the 2014 Armory Show will be establishing a signature look, said Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center and the show’s guest curator. “The Armory commission becomes much more fun when put in the hands of an artist who questions what it is to be an artist," he said. “MadeIn embraced the idea of doing essentially a work for hire" — coming up with the image for the catalogs, T-shirts, the advertising — “and Xu Zhen embraced the commission as an extension of that project.""
Barbara Pollack
The New York Times
February 27, 2014

Modern Chinese art to get exposure at a major New York art fair

"There isn't tremendous awareness, in a sophisticated way, of the art world [in China]," Horowitz told the Post. "We are trying to show a younger generation of Chinese art and what's happening in China."

"There won't be Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang or Ai Weiwei . It's not just about a few Chinese artists and auction records. There's a whole art world in China. It's still developing, and there's a system in place," said Philip Tinari, the section's curator and the director of the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing."
Vivienne Chow
South China Morning Post
February 22, 2014

An Artful Bike Path to the Armory Show

"Enjoy looking at art? How about riding it? The opportunity will be available next month when the Armory Show art fair teams up with Citi Bike to offer 10 art-adorned bicycles for the duration of the Armory’s annual art fair, March 6-9 at Piers 92 and 94.

The bikes will be wrapped in a removable graphic paper with a design by the fair’s 2014 commissioned artist, Xu Zhen. Titled “Under Heaven (detail)," the designs — based on a larger work by the artist — apply much like a decal and will be removed when the fair ends."
Lori Holcomb-Holland
The New York Times
February 21, 2014

10 Drawings By Female Artists Whom History Has Underestimated

"While we can't change history, we can look back and recognize the immense talent of some of the best artists to take pen to paper. An exhibition entitled "Venus Drawn Out" honors such visionaries and their tremendous impact on the course of contemporary art...the exhibition, organized by independent curator Susan Harris, will take place inside this year's Armory Show in New York."
Priscilla Frank
The Huffington Post
February 15, 2014

Marianne Boesky: In Search of Art Stars

"With the contemporary art market booming, fairs such as the Armory Show—in which booths often cost galleries at least $100,000—have become increasingly influential. They're a one-stop shop for global collectors looking to buy more efficiently than ever before."
Alexandra Wolfe
The Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2014

At the Armory Show, a Special Section for Drawings by Women Artists

"The project marks the first time that the Armory Show–Modern has invited a curator to organize a special show within Pier 92. “I view myself not only as a curator but as a litmus test of a viewer," Ms. Harris told us by phone, of how she approached the project. “I thought, ‘What would I want to see, and how would I want to see it?’"
Andrew Russeth
GalleristNY
February 10, 2014

China's Contemporary Art Gets a Boost from the Sandwich Class

Philip Tinari, director of Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing's 798 Art District, has recently been busy working with 17 Chinese art galleries to prepare for the Armory Show in New York in March, one of the largest art fairs in the United States. China will be the country featured in its "focus" session for the first time this year.

"So much has been happening in China's art market and so little of that has been visible outside China," said Tinari, who will curate the focus session. "I think it's the time in history when the world is looking to China and hoping there will be some new cultural voices to come out of it."
Celine Sun
South China Morning Post
January 28, 2014

Watch Out: Chinese Contemporary Art Is Going Global

"As Noah Horowitz, Director of the Armory Show told me: “2013 seems to have been incredibly important year in thrusting the ‘China story’ onto the world stage, and beyond mere discussion of sky-rocketing prices." "
Alexandre Errera
Forbes
January 8, 2014

Bacon $142 Million Triptych Beats Warhol: Top 2013 Auction Sales

“"A few of these groundbreaking records can skew overall auction results and create artificially rosy picture for the broader market which may be softer than these sales otherwise suggest," said Noah Horowitz, author of “Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market" and executive director of the Armory Show."
Katya Kazakina and Scott Reyburn
Bloomberg News
December 24, 2013

Art Collectors Show Their Chinese Prizes

"But, for the most part, the work departs from “made in China" iconography, especially the tapestries of the Shanghai artist Xu Zhen, next year’s commissioned artist for the spring Armory Show in New York.."
Barbara Pollack
The New York Times
December 10, 2013

The Art Market: Art Basel Miami Beach, China auctions and Rembrandt still unsold

"Finally, and still on the subject of China, Philip Tinari, the highly switched-on director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, is curating the Focus section of next year’s Armory Show in New York. He will bring in 17 Chinese galleries, nine of which have never shown outside Asia before, so there’s a chance to discover little-known names such as Space Station, Ink Studio (specialising in the highly popular ink painting), Tianrenheyi, Yang and Aye. Alongside them in the section are better-known galleries such as Shanghart, Chambers and Pékin Fine Arts."
Georgina Adam
Financial Times
December 6, 2013

Here’s the 2014 Armory Show List

"the Armory Show today announced the exhibitors who have signed on for its 16th edition, which runs next year from March 6 through 9 on Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side, with a preview day on March 5. (That’s the same week that the 2014 Whitney Biennial opens to the public, so it’s shaping up to be a very fine early March in New York City.)

The release comes a bit earlier than in recent years. “The applications were really, really strong, so we’re in a position to get this news out," the Armory Show’s executive director, Noah Horowitz, told The Observer in a telephone interview."

Andrew Russeth
New York Observer
November 26, 2013

Here Is Your Armory Show 2014 Exhibitor List

"Do you have art fair fever?! We do!...To tide us all over, the good folks at the Armory Show released their list of exhibitors for the New York City mega-fair’s March 6-9, 2014 edition. It is long, and it is below in full."
Benjamin Sutton
Artinfo.com
November 26, 2013

The Armory Show Announces 2014 Exhibitors

"It may be months away, but the highly-anticipated 16th edition of The Armory Show is already making art world headlines. Hosting over 200 galleries from 29 countries, the show is sure to be a dynamic event spotlighting the best and most progressive pieces the creative community has to offer. The 2014 show will be split into two main sections, The Armory Show – Contemporary and The Armory Show – Modern, as well as feature two smaller specialty exhibitions, Armory Focus: China and Armory Presents."
Stephanie Maida
Guest of a Guest
November 26, 2013

Beyond the commercial: Like museums, fairs are learning how to educate their audiences

"The Armory Show art fair was also created by a self-organised group intent on introducing its wares to a larger public. Put together by the dealers Pat Hearn, Colin de Land, Paul Morris and Matthew Marks, it was first held in 1994 at the Gramercy Park Hotel as the Gramercy International Art Fair. As in Chelsea Hotel precedents such as a 1965 Daniel Spoerri exhibition, the works were displayed in small hotel rooms that were little-changed for the occasion. The new name came in 1999 with the fair’s relocation to the site of the 1913 Armory Show, and remained despite the event’s move two years later to the Hudson River piers.

Having been organised by a group of artists to present their own work and that of their fellows, the Armory Show typifies a critical feature of many important shows of the classic avant-garde...The self-organisation of the Armory art fair connects it to its namesake in this regard. And, as with major exhibitions in general, the fair’s future lay with institutional growth and professional organisers."
Bruce Altshuler
The Art Newspaper
October 18, 2013

Xu Zhen Named Armory Show 2014 Commissioned Artist

"Xu’s appointment further brightens the spotlight on China that will be seen at The Armory Show’s upcoming edition"
BLOUIN ARTINFO Hong Kong
October 4, 2013

Armory Show to Highlight a Shanghai Artist

“Xu Zhen is a key figure who marks the beginning of the new generation of young artists that came of age in a rising, affluent China," said Mr. Tinari, who sees a sea change in the art works created by those born after 1976, with the death of Mao Zedong and the advent of the One Child policy. “You really see a break from art that looks explicitly Chinese to art that is talking about Chinese themes but in a more international language."
Barbara Pollack
The New York Times
October 4, 2013

Xu Zhen Named Armory Show Commissioned Artist

"The Empire State Building, which was appropriately (if coincidentally) lit red, glowed behind Mr. Tinari as he addressed the crowd assembled in the Boom Boom Room atop the Standard Hotel. “He is the artist in whom we might locate the backbone of the generation I’m so excited about," said Mr. Tinari, referring to the generation of Chinese artists born around the death of Mao. Their work, he said, differs from what one might associate with contemporary Chinese art: “Pink babies and green dogs and yawning men—a genre I lovingly refer to as Mao with a Coke can."
Zoë Lescaze
Gallerist
October 3, 2013

Armory Show Taps Chinese Conceptual Artist Xu Zhen as the Commissioned Artist for 2014

"The Armory Show has announced that they’ve chosen Xu Zhen as the commissioned artist for 2014. Considered one of China’s foremost conceptual artists, Xu has used a variety of mediums — including photography, video, performance, and installation — to create his brand of provocative, irreverent, and critical work."
Rozalia Jovanovic
Artinfo
October 3, 2013

Philip Tinari Chosen to Curate the Armory Show’s 2014 Focus Program

"We rarely hear about “the local" in reference to China’s art scene, but the Armory Show’s new Focus curator wants to change that."
Corinna Kirsch
ArtFCity
September 18, 2013

China focus for next Armory fair

"The Armory Show is looking east for its 2014 edition. The organisers have selected China as the subject of the fair’s fifth regional focus section. Curated by Philip Tinari, the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing...Tinari plans to feature artists who came of age in the late 1980s and 1990s, after China opened up and began experiencing economic reform. “So much of the interesting work being done in China today is still very much unknown and unfairly dismissed by a Western audience," Tinari says."
Julia Halperin
The Art Newspaper
September 16, 2013

Celebs and Crowds at Armory Week Art Fairs

"Armory remains the largest New York March fair by far, with over 200 exhibitors this year..."I heard from several dealers that the Armory was very successful," New York art advisor Wendy Cromwell told A.i.A. "It seemed to me that things were flying out of the booths at galleries like Kavi Gupta and Marianne Boesky."

Galleries large and small reported healthy sales to A.i.A."

Brian Boucher
Art in America
March 11, 2013

Goings On About Town: Above and Beyond

"Some two hundred galleries from as far afield as São Paulo and Dubai converge for the vast contemporary-art bazaar known as the Armory Show (March 7-10). Their wares fill two sprawling exhibition spaces on the Hudson, divided roughly by vintage, with the newer works on Pier 92 and the modern twentieth-century pieces on Pier 94."

The New Yorker
March 11, 2013

Inspiration For Creative Advertising

"The New York Armory Show served it up, sharing inspiration and ideas that breed new ways of thinking and alternative points of view. The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York had over 2500 exhibits and artists from all over the world. Breathtaking stuff."
Scott Goodson
Forbes
March 10, 2013

Steppin’ Up

Under director Noah Horowitz, the fair was leaner this year..The result were robust sales, smart presentations (Eva Presenhuber and Victoria Miro), and collectors crowding stellar new works by Roberto Cuoghi, Piotr Uklanski, Rudolf Stingel, and Kaari Upson in Massimo De Carlo’s booth. With Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner doing the inviting, the Focus section—generally small, independent shops showing emerging or under-the-radar artists—was a genuine hot spot too."
Linda Yablonsky
Artforum.com
March 9, 2013

The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94, New York

"With 214 galleries represented, this year’s showcase is intentionally smaller than usual, with all efforts being put towards strengthening the offering. Undeniably, though, its dynamism has secured its status as the pinnacle of New York’s art scene."
Pei-Ru Keh
Wallpaper
March 8, 2013

Armory New York: At first site

"New York’s venerable contemporary Amory Show (in full swing now, until Sunday) arrived this year with a new twist – eager buyers and browsers could go online to artsy.net and see a preview of more than 2,600 works from 200 plus galleries...Meanwhile, at the real-life event, the crowds pour in."
Georgina Adam
The Financial Times
March 8, 2013

Art-Fair Week Is Not Actually Horrible

"it has gained new life, evolving into something else. (Not that I know what that is yet.) I saw an event that was very relaxed, without hyperselling, where my eyes were not darting everywhere but only talking to people (while texting on my iPhone). Yes, I know dealers will always put the best face on things — but every dealer I spoke to seemed happy, reporting that sales were good and that they were really enjoying themselves."
Jerry Saltz
New York Magazine
March 7, 2013

Armory Show aims to raise the bar amid threat from younger rivals

"Armory is promoting its New York bona fides. Taxicab-yellow chairs are scattered throughout the piers, and at the fair’s press opening Mike Bloomberg himself praised the resilience of the city’s galleries in the wake of Hurricane Sandy...Horowitz has also attracted several galleries that have stayed away in past years, such as Zurich’s Galerie Eva Presenhuber, whose striking booth included work from the Norwegian provocateur Matias Faldbakken and the late San Francisco painter Jay DeFeo. Hometown heavyweight Larry Gagosian is participating in his first Armory..."
Jason Farago
The Guardian
March 7, 2013

Homages, Giddy Humor and Less Clutter The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94

"The art is lively, the humor giddy and the layout full of surprises..."
Karen Rosenberg
The New York Times
March 7, 2013

New York exhibition surveys avant-garde art this weekend

"Organisers of the 2013 Armory Show starting today (the current fair began in 1994 and is named in homage to the original) are also hoping to get enthusiasts and collectors talking, thanks to what is now the largest modern and contemporary art fair in New York."
Sharon Krum
Departures
March 7, 2013

Armory Show Modern Draws Crowds With Major Newcomers and Unexpected Finds

"The Armory Show Modern on Pier 92, comprised of 61 international galleries from nine countries, opened to the public on Thursday with a volley of brisk sales. Tailored to represent historically significant modern art — no easy mission given today’s highly competitive market for so-called modern masters — the 2013 edition proved its mettle from the start of the opening bell."
Judd Tully
Artinfo
March 7, 2013

Liz Magic Laser's Armory Show Souvenirs

"Calling polling and market research “the fabric of public discourse today," Laser continues to examine how ideas about what a public believes and desires are formulated. Ironically, a century after the Armory scandalized the public, visitors to this year’s fair will — at least where Laser is concerned — get exactly what they want."
Kareem Estefan
T Magazine - The New York Times
March 5, 2013

Armory Show: 2013 Art Fair Lineup Announced And More Arts News

"Who is getting excited for the Armory Show? The 2013 lineup for the art world's equivalent of March Madness was released yesterday and we're already mapping out our schedule. The fair, which runs from March 7 until March 10, features a handsome list of exhibitors as well as opportunities for interaction, discussion and nerding out."
The Huffinton Post
February 22, 2013

Armory Show Announces Talks, Screenings, and Special Projects for Next Month’s Fair

"Today the Armory Show art fair unveiled the lineup of films, videos, talks, and panels for its upcoming 2013 edition, running March 7-10 and commemorating the legendary 1913 Armory Show. Additionally, Andy Warhol Museum director and Armory Focus: USA curator Eric Shiner has selected of site-specific commissions to be part of the fair’s Centennial celebrations."
Benjamin Sutton
Artinfo.com
February 21, 2013

Armory Show Taps John Waters for Centennial Committee and Names New Partners

"As this year marks the centennial of New York art fair the Armory Show’s namesake landmark exhibition, the fair has partnered with a number of local and international organizations, and selected a special Centennial Committee of leading collectors, to mark the historical occasion."
Benjamin Sutton
Artinfo.com
February 7, 2013

The Armory Show’s “Focus" Section Nabs Gagosian Gallery for USA-Themed Presentation

"The Armory Show has released the lineup for its 2013 “Focus" section, and it includes a big fish: Gagosian Gallery. The international megabusiness will participate in the Armory Show for the first time with a booth devoted to Andy Warhol. It will be a fitting anchor for the section, which focuses on the United States in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show’s namesake exhibition."
Julia Halperin
Artinfo.com
January 25, 2013

Armory Show ‘Focus' Section to Feature 17 Galleries, Including Gagosian

This year’s Armory Focus, the section of the Armory Show that brings together galleries from a specific region of the world, will feature 17 galleries from this year’s theme region, the United States. And while most of those are feisty upstarts, in the Focus tradition, there will be one heavyweight participant: Gagosian Gallery.

Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and curator of the four-year-old Focus section this year, said he first thought of the artists he wanted to include in it, and then approached their galleries. The section will have three major themes: critical takes on America, histories of America, and humorous takes on America. “I often find myself laughing at America," he said. “I wanted others to do so, too."
Sarah Douglas
The New York Observer
January 24, 2013

Fair Game for Art: Shows in the City Expand and Update as the Market Draws New Players

"The venerable Armory Show, one of the city's stalwarts that has been in the midst of sharpening its focus...the show has become more selective: Last year, the Armory Show hosted only 228 galleries, and this year the number will fall to 210. Meanwhile, there will be about 14 lounge spaces at the fair, triple the number of 2010, and there will be fewer and wider aisles so collectors can see the art more easily..."We have restructured and repositioned," said Mr. Horowitz, who was promoted to his current post last fall after joining the show in late 2011."
Theresa Agovino
Crain's New York
January 20, 2013

Inside Art with Carol Vogel

"This year’s edition, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original 1913 show, will take place March 7 to 10 on Piers 92 and 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. To distinguish itself from all the other shows taking place in New York at the same time the organizers have decided to offer visitors an unusually large number of one-artist booths.

“Fairs are often so distracting and criticized for presenting art in a slice-and-dice manner," Allison Rodman, the fair’s spokeswoman, said.

The fair will feature a homage to Marcel Duchamp, presented by Francis Naumann Fine Arts, as well as other one-artist spaces devoted to Diana Thater, at David Zwirner, and Alighiero Boetti, by Noire Gallery from Turin, Italy."
Carol Vogel
The New York Times
January 3, 2013

The Art Market: California dreaming

"New York’s Armory Show has just released its exhibitor list for its 2013 edition...the list is strong, and includes David Zwirner, Lisson, Victoria Miro and Eigen+Art, as well as Eva Presenhuber, the South African Goodman Gallery and Rodolphe Janssen from Brussels. Horowitz is continuing his plan to trim the number of booths, and is expecting a final total of about 210 exhibitors."
Georgina Adam
The Financial Times
December 24, 2012

The 2013 Armory Show Exhibitor List Is Out

"The Armory Show today released the names of the more than 200 galleries that will have booths in its 2013 edition, which runs March 7 through 10 on Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River. International heavy hitters on the list include London’s Lisson Gallery, Kavi Gupta of Chicago and Berlin, Galerie Eva Presenhuber of Zurich and Sprüth Magers of Berlin and London. Among the larger New York galleries participating in this year’s fair are David Zwirner, Sean Kelly, Marianne Boesky and Jack Shainman. Brooklyn’s Bade Stageberg Cox architects are handling the fair’s design for the second time."
Andrew Russeth
GalleristNY
December 19, 2012

Liz Magic Laser Focus-Groups Armory Show Contribution

"In one of the more unusual art-world events I've attended lately, I joined a focus group Monday evening at the beige Lexington Avenue offices of Focus Suites. We were there at the Armory Show's invitation to brainstorm ideas for Liz Magic Laser's contribution—very much in development—as the commissioned artist for the fair's 2013 iteration, a role that requires her to "inspire the visual identity" of the fair, according to a handout given to participants."
Brian Boucher
Art in America
November 16, 2012

Warhol Museum Director Curating U.S.-Themed Focus Section at 2013 Armory Show

"Next year the curated Focus section of New York’s Armory Show will have a domestic orientation, as the fair exhibits contemporary art from the U.S.A. in honor of the 100th anniversary of the original Armory Show in 1913...the Armory Show announced this morning that Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner has been selected to curated next year’s U.S.-centric Armory Show Focus presentation."
Benjamin Sutton
Artinfo.com
November 13, 2012

CCS Bard Acquires Archives of Colin de Land and Pat Hearn Gallery

"The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College has acquired the archives of Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts and the Pat Hearn Gallery. Dubbed by art critic Jerry Saltz the “Keith Richards of the art world," de Land established American Fine Arts in 1986, where he exhibited artists working with everything from large-scale installation to institutional critique. Hearn established her eponymous gallery first in New York’s East Village, and then eventually became one of the first dealers to move to Chelsea. Together, Hearn and de Land also helped to establish the Armory Show."
Artforum.com
November 7, 2012

Liz Magic Laser Named Commissioned Artist of 2013 Armory Show

Liz Magic Laser has been selected as the commissioned artist for the 2013 edition of the Armory Show. A press release issued today states that Laser will contribute to creating the visual identity of the fair by “turning an interactive market research strategy into a work of art, staging a series of focus groups composed of collectors, curators, art professionals, and journalists," which will result “in the production of two limited edition artworks and paraphernalia." Said executive director Noah Horowitz: “In commemoration of the watershed exhibition of 1913 we are thrilled to work with Liz Magic Laser, whose ambitious oeuvre raises prescient questions of the artist’s voice in the collaborative process and public life. With gestures veering from comedic to politically provocative, she will activate the fair’s heritage as a site of innovation and discovery."
Artforum.com
October 23, 2012

The Armory Show Taps Liz Magic Laser for Fair’s 2013 Artist Commission

"This morning New York’s Armory Show named the irreverent but hyper-political performance and new media artist Liz Magic Laser as the 2013 Artist Commission for the fair’s next edition, which will run March 7-10, 2013, and marks the 100th anniversary of the original Armory Show for which it’s named.

Laser, who made a big splash with her Performa 11 commission “I Feel Your Pain" (pictured), which was shown in her solo show earlier this year at Derek Eller Gallery alongside a new performance, will create new work for the fair and help design its visual identity.

Last year the Armory Show opted for a similarly boundary-pushing Artist Commission, tapping similarly fast-rising artist Theaster Gates, whose multi-disciplinary practice also seemed like an adventurous choice that defied the fair’s over-arching market-driven logic."
Benjamin Sutton
Artinfo.com
October 23, 2012

Liz Magic Laser Will Use Focus Groups to Determine the ‘Liz Magic Laser Brand’ for 2013 Armory Show

"The Armory Show announced today that Liz Magic Laser has been chosen as the commissioned artist for its 2013 fair, tasked with creating the event’s visual identity. Reached by e-mail, Ms. Laser gave Gallerist a few more details about what she has planned.

“I have agreed to create a motif [for] the 2013 fair, which includes developing images and concepts for online and print material, advertisements, signage, invitations and admission tickets, as well as staff T-shirts and Jack Spade totes," she said. “I will also produce two limited-edition artworks to benefit MoMA and the Pat Hearn & Colin de Land Cancer Foundation. I am assembling a series of focus groups to determine the nature of the art objects and paraphernalia. My idea is to use market research strategies to maximize the impact of the ‘Liz Magic Laser brand’ identity that will be used by the Armory Show."
Michael H. Miller
GalleristNY
October 23, 2012

Art.sy Launches, Unveiling Partnerships With the Armory Show and Design Miami

"It’s finally here. After two years in beta, Art.sy has launched to the public. Backed by millions of dollars in venture capital from the likes of megadealer Larry Gagosian, art doyenne Dasha Zhukova, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, the website is perhaps the most highly anticipated online art initiative to debut in the last five years. Now that it’s public, Art.sy is quickly expanding beyond image sharing: ARTINFO can report that the site will serve as the exclusive online platform for Design Miami/ in December and the Armory Show in March."
Julia Halperin
Artinfo
October 9, 2012

The Armory to Celebrate the Land of the Brave

"The 15th edition is also a “quasicentenary", Horowitz says, as the fair’s name is a homage to the Armory Show of 1913, the exhibition that brought Modern art to the fore in the US. This month, the Armory Show will announce that the performance artist Liz Magic Laser has been selected as its 2013 commissioned artist. Laser received critical acclaim in 2011 for I Feel Your Pain, her work for New York’s performance biennial Performa 11, in which American political interviews were turned into a romantic drama."
Melanie Gerlis
The Art Newspaper
October 0, 2012

Are Art Fairs Bad For Art? Experts Battle It Out at Artelligence Conference

"Things got off to a heated start at a panel today moderated by Armory Show director Noah Horowitz on “The Future of Art Fairs," held at the Art Market Monitor’s annual Artelligence conference at the New York Athletic Club...

On Horowitz’s side was advisor Thea Westreich who argued that fairs are ideal venues for networking with dealers and even artists. It’s how she first connected with colleagues such as Rotterdam dealer Wilfried Lentz, who she met at Basel’s Liste art fair. Plus, “galleries present shows to sell art too, they’re no different than fairs."
Rachel Corbett
Artinfo.com
September 13, 2012

South Side artist's latest project: Saving long-abandoned bank

Theaster Gates trying to enlist city's help to transform building into a cultural hub and library

"I'm reading about him every time I pick up an art magazine or newspaper; every time I go to an international exhibition his name is added to the list," said Paul Gray, director of the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and New York. "There's this compelling drive on the part of collectors and curators to find something new, and his blend — the combination of social venture, philanthropy and making art — is something that I think really grabs people."
Melissa Harris
The Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2012

The Armory Show Hires New Communications Manager

The Armory Show has hired Allison Rodman, formerly of Maccarone gallery, as its new communications manager.

“For those of you I’ve worked with in the past, I greatly look forward to continuing to establish both friendships and dialogues," Ms. Rodman wrote in an e-mail announcing her new job. “For those of you I’ve yet to have the opportunity to collaborate with, it would be great to meet in person and discuss some of our upcoming initiatives."

Dan Duray
Galleristny.com
August 2, 2012

Artelligence Conference Is Co-Sponsored by the Armory Show, Will Focus on Calder

"The ticket, at $225, will get you more than enough, apart from the super special report, to make it worth your while. Arthur Goldberg, for one, will be on hand for a panel on the emergence of photography in contemporary art collections. There will also be panels like The Value of Art with Michael Findlay of Acquavella Galleries (who wrote a book by the same title), Decoding Markets: Richter and Calder and The Future of Art Fairs, moderated by Noah Horowitz, the Armory’s effort to explore the changing landscape of art fairs. You can read our report on last year’s Artelligence conference to get an idea.

Who needs a crystal ball when you have these industry insiders telling you what the future holds?"
Rozalia Jovanovic
GalleristNY
August 1, 2012

All is Fairs

"This year, the Armory Show art fair, which was held in March in two cavernous halls on Hudson River piers in the West Fifties, came with an official artist: Theaster Gates. A charismatic thirty-nine-year-old from Chicago, Gates makes elegant assembled sculpture from the detritus of South Side slums. At the piers, he outfitted a space with tables rescued from a defunct public elementary school and, at intervals, conducted interviews on social, economic, and political issues with guests. Art fairs are a form of annual trade fair that convenes dealers and customers for a hectic few days of sales and schmooze. With accelerating momentum, in recent years, fairs have helped transform the business and, in the process, the nature of contemporary art. Fairs aren’t only about money; they incidentally impart news from the front lines of art. But they are about what money likes. Gates was the rare performing artist at the Armory Show, which featured thousands of modern and newly minted art works in some two hundred and twenty booths."
Peter Schjeldahl
The New Yorker
May 1, 2012

As Frieze New York Looms, The Armory Show Vows to Return in March 2013 With Posse Intact

"The Armory Show was also careful to point out that it will not be losing any of its other satellite events to New York's Frieze Week next year. The fair will be joined by the Independent, Volta NY, Moving Image, and Scope, all of which will be held on the same dates as the Armory Show."
Julia Halperin
artinfo.com
April 24, 2012

Best of the 2012 Armory Show: Marina Abramovic, Jorma Puranen & More

“The “Street Seats" project at the Armory Show consists of a series of found chairs painted taxi-yellow by the architectural firm called Bade Stageberg Cox, which designed the environment for this year’s art fair. The chairs were meant to give the event a distinctly New York feel. What’s so nice about the project is that its status as art never quite becomes clear. It feels like a modest little aesthetic infection that quietly spreads through the Armory show."
Blake Gopnik
Daily Beast
March 9, 2012

Hot Picks

“That this year’s edition has a special section devoted to Nordic artists has more to do with “the zeitgeist," says director Paul Morris, than Stieg Larsson, but whatever: It’s thrilling to see moody etchings, erotic installations and toilet-paper rolls stamped “angst" made by contemporary artists from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. In two former shipping terminals at Piers 92 and 94, you can wander without a passport through a United Nations of art galleries from 30 countries. New this year: free stuff (including those angsty toilet-paper rolls), live performances and lounges with an eclectic mix of chairs salvaged from NYC streets: Repaired and reclaimed, they’re painted taxicab yellow."
Barbara Hoffman
New York Post
March 9, 2012

This Year’s Armory Art Show Revels in the New

"In past years, New York's Armory Art Show — the annual scrum where 200 galleries gather annually to sell their paintings, sculpture, and artistic whatnot — has traditionally found famous artists established, emerging and dead, dotting the aisles. Andy Warhol and his ilk were everywhere, whether in pricey paintings or cheaper prints. But this year's event (which opened to the public Thursday at Piers 92 and 94) felt different, more unpredictable: It's a year without Warhol. With no consensus as to who mattered in late twentieth-century art, and no movement-of-this-century to stick a label on yet, galleries brought some new names and a welcome air of experimentation filled the space."
Alexandra Peers
New York Magazine
March 9, 2012

From Booths and Aisles to Temporary Cities: The Evolving Architecture of Art Fairs

"Brooklyn-based architects Bade Stageberg Cox made sure to address this issue while redesigning the layout of this year's Armory Show in ways both subtle and obvious: Thinking of the sprawling fair as an art city, they took its layout back to the drafting table and offered show-goers a scaled-down experience, one that would afford them room to breathe, one that made the effort at least to take the mammoth event back toward its boutique roots…."One of the early conversations with [Armory Show president and co-founder] Paul Morris is getting back to the intimacy of the early days when it was in the Gramercy Park Hotel, with more performance art or places for it. This coincided with our idea for reexamining the social spaces of the fair," partner Timothy Bade told ARTINFO. "Rather than focusing on aisles and more booths, we started thinking of the fair as an urban design."
Janelle Zara
Art Info
March 8, 2012

Armory Brings Nordic culture to New York

“Jacob Fabricius, the director of the Swedish non-profit institution Malmö Kunsthall, has organised the [Armory Show Nordic Section] and in addition to a number of commercial galleries, he invited a few artist-run spaces to the fair, such as Gallery D.O.R. and NoPlace. “It is a fair, but I don’t work in the commercial world and wanted to do something different, therefore I also brought smaller, non-commercial spaces", Fabricius told The Art Newspaper. The majority of the 19 exhibitors are commercial galleries, however, including Galerie Anhava from Helsinki, Martin Asbæk, V1 and Bo Bjerggaard from Copenhagen, Niklas Belenius from Stockholm an i8 from Reykjavík."
Clemens Bomsdorf
The Art Newspaper
March 8, 2012

New York fairs put on their game faces

“The organisers have given the fair a facelift, helped by architects Bade Stageberg Cox, and reduced the number of exhibitors sharply. The result is most noticeable on Pier 94, the contemporary section, which now has wider aisles, bigger stands, more space to show off the works of art, and numerous cafe and VIP areas. The organisers have also introduced three new programmes: a section devoted to 11 emerging dealers showing single artist presentations called Solo Projects; Armory Film, showing contemporary video; and Armory Performance. As in previous years, there is also a section with a geographical focus: this year on 19 exhibitors from Nordic countries….Before the fair opened, there was speculation that this is make or break for the event, but at the VIP opening, galleries were more circumspect—and the flood of visitors suggests no lack of enthusiasm from collectors. “New Yorkers will always come to the Armory. In the first half hour, I saw 30 faces we wanted to see," Borkur Arnarson, the director and owner of Iceland's i-8, told us."
Charlotte Burns
The Art Newspaper
March 8, 2012

‘Bronx Day’ at the annual Armory Show features open art studios & exhibits in South Bronx

“Artists, critics and collectors from around the world have descended on the city this week for the 14th annual Armory Show - and Bronx artists are getting in on the spectacle…For the first time, the Armory Show is sponsoring a “Bronx Day" on Thursday featuring open studio tours and art exhibitions at several venues along the South Bronx Cultural Corridor."
Tanyanika Samuels
NY Daily News
March 8, 2012

The Old New Here, the New New There

But fortunately there are a number of art fairs going on this week in New York, which means there is a lot of new art in town about which to speculate. The main attraction is The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94. Here 228 dealers are presenting artworks in two different sections, one devoted to 20th-century art, the other to 21st. ..[In the Modern section] there are some fine things, most notably an excellent display of subtle, deceptively modest but tough still lifes and landscapes — paintings, watercolors and etchings — by the beloved Giorgio Morandi at Galerie d’Arte Maggiore. ..[In the Contemporary section] One of the most remarkable works here attempts to capture the evanescent in nature. At Sean Kelly, Leandro Erlich presents a natural-history-museum-style vitrine displaying nine diminutive clouds."
Ken Johnson
New York Times
March 8, 2012

Armory Show 2012

“Give people a little extra legroom, some champagne and they’ll be happy. That seemed to be the attitude at the VIP preview for this year’s spruced-up Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan, Mar. 8-11, 2012…Dealers across the board at yesterday’s preview seemed grateful for the upgrade. At the contemporary section of the fair on Pier 94, winnowed down by 25 percent to 120 galleries, the bigger booths and wider walkways have made casual browsing easier for the window shoppers, such as director John Waters, who arrived yesterday declaring, “My only plan is to go wandering."
Rachel Corbett
Artnet
March 8, 2012

Photos: Best of the Armory Show 2012, Where Less is More

“… the globe-trotting art scenesters have descended on NYC once again for The Armory Show and all its satellite contemporary art fairs. Last night the 2012 edition debuted at the sprawling Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River and 55th Street. Things are considerably different this year: far fewer art galleries were invited to participate, and the result, for the casual viewer, is satisfying."
Katie Sokoler
Gothamist
March 8, 2012

After ADAA Sell-Out David Zwirner’s Armory Booth Sold Out in 30 Minutes

“… and today the Chelsea gallery has had similar success at its Armory Show booth, which IN THE AIR learned had sold all three of the Michael Riedel posters it had on display within half an hour of the fair opening.
Julia Halperin
ARTINFO
March 7, 2012

If You Don’t Do This Far, You’re Stupid

“It was unseasonably warm; visitors had shed their coats and were in ebullient moods. The river outside glistened in the sunlight, beams of which poured through the windows in Pier 92′s lobby area…And people showed up. There were collectors, like Don Rubell from Miami, Whitney supporter Melva Bucksbaum and her husband Raymond Learsy, David Mugrabi of the Warhol collecting and dealing Mugrabi family, Eli Broad, Susan and Michael Hort…Powerhouse art advisors, too, were out in force, including Kim Heirston Evans, Todd Levin, director of the Levin Art Group, and Stefano Basilico; museum honchos like the New Museum’s Lisa Phillips; and curators like Neville Wakefield, Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari. By mid-afternoon, the aisles on Pier 94, where The Observer spent most of the day, were packed, impeding easy progress; it was tough to move with all the air kissing and “It’s so nice to see you!"… However, sales do, and there were plenty today."
Sarah Douglas
NY Observer
March 7, 2012

Whitewall Presents: Paul Morris Talks About the Armory Show

Interview with Elizabeth Barker
Whitewall
March 7, 2012

Armory Week Guide

"Today at noon, the Armory Show, New York’s largest art fair, opens to the VIPs. Among those expected are money manager Glenn Fuhrman, co-founder of MSD Capital LP; Don B. Marron, chairman of Lightyear Capital LLC; and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.The fair, which commands two piers on the Hudson River, was redesigned and reduced for its 14th edition. Its modern section will take over Pier 92, with 71 galleries from nine countries. Next door at Pier 94, the contemporary section will present 157 exhibitors from 30 countries.This year’s focus is on Nordic art, with 19 participating galleries. The highlight is a 40-foot-long light sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson, spelling “Scandinavian Pain" in hot-pink neon tubing. The work was acquired by Swedish contemporary-art museum Moderna Museet from i8 gallery on the eve of the fair’s opening."
Katya Kazakina
Bloomberg
March 7, 2012

The Fairs that Ate Manhattan

“But on Sunday night, The Observer toured Pier 94 with architects Timothy Bade, Jane Stageberg and Martin Cox, who have renovated the fair, and saw a changed picture. There are wide, spacious aisles—two instead of three along the main drags, allowing for easy circulation—and public lounges scattered throughout, each marked with a painted tower as a landmark—green for the Artforum lounge, red for the new sit-down restaurant.“We thought about having this more intimate experience with art and artists," Mr. Bade said….Arriving at the end of the interview, after visiting the VIP section, Mr. Morris was beaming. “It’s huge," he said. “It’s what it always should have been."…“There was a very strategic idea to make the Armory a more boutique fair," said managing director Noah Horowitz. The Armory has created a section for single-artist shows, improved food services, launched a new media lounge in partnership with dealer Edward Winkleman’s Moving Image video art fair, and added a special VIP hour to allow collectors to shop without having to navigate hordes of people."
Sarah Douglas
NY Observer
March 6, 2012

30 Artworks to Watch Out For at the 2012 Armory Show

“New York’s Armory Show is set to return this Thursday, with much fanfare and a few notable changes, making for a long week of top-notch art viewing for lovers of art everywhere. The fair’s organizers have made a notable effort this year to streamline the event and improve the vibe, including such niceties as a restaurant from “farm-to-table specialists" Great Performances and a rethought VIP lounge, which should make the big-spenders happy."
ARTINFO
March 6, 2012

Paddle8’s Online Armory Show Already Changing the Way Collectors Buy

“The online art site Paddle8’s partnership with the Armory Show — through which some 100 galleries, or half the fair’s exhibitors, have made artworks available online, often even releasing typically closely guarded pricing information — has already begun to pay dividends. This morning Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes told IN THE AIR that since the site’s preview went live on March 1 participating galleries have received nearly 200 inquiries, offers, and reserves. Roughly a quarter of those inquiries resulted in sales. Gilkes says about 50 of the galleries participating in the Paddle8 Armory Show have received inquiries. “Most people are using it for the reserve function," he said. “Collectors are saying that Paddle8 helps them better prepare [for the fair]."
Julia Halperin
ARTINFO
March 6, 2012

INSIDE ART: ART FAIRS ON TAP

"Those putting together the 14th edition of the “Armory Show — Contemporary," which runs from March 8 to 11 on Pier 94, are eager to make a better impression than they did last year. “Our aim is for comfort and hospitality," said Paul Morris, the fair’s founding director. They hired the Brooklyn architects Bade Stageberg Cox to open up the space, giving it two aisles rather than three...This year’s fair will feature 113 international exhibitors representing 31 countries, fewer participants than last year in an attempt to improve quality and give the dealers more space. Gallery Hyundai, which has not participated in the show since 2004, will be back with works by Ai Weiwei and Lee Ufan. Sprüth Magers from Berlin will be back, as will Greene Naftali from New York. There will also be a new section, Solo Projects, dedicated to single artist exhibitions."
Carol Vogel
The New York Times
January 20, 2012

Exclusive: Armory Show 2012 Exhibitor List

"The list, which can be seen in full below, and which covers both Pier 94 (the contemporary art section) and Pier 92 (for modern art) has been reduced by 25 percent, to around 220 from last year’s 274 and that, said fair director Noah Horowitz in a telephone interview this morning, was a conscious choice. He said the aim, with the new design by Brooklyn-based architects Bade Stageberg Cox, was to give the event the feel of “a boutique fair."...Generally, change is afoot at the Armory Show. Booths are bigger, Mr. Horowitz said. Also, there is a clearer floor plan, more social space, better VIP services (including a VIP lounge twice the size as previous years), a proper sit-down restaurant as well as two coffee bar cafes (food services on the piers have been a major source of complaint) and a dedicated space for panel discussions."
Sarah Douglas
The New York Observer
January 20, 2012

Armory Show Releases "Very Curated" 2012 Exhibitor List

"‘Tis the season to announce art fair gallery lists. The Armory Show, New York’s most established art fair, released its highly anticipated roster today...To keep up with the competition, the Armory Show has pared down its list by 25 percent, added a new solo projects section for emerging galleries, and tried to lure back a few big names had that defected in recent years...The fair boasts a few exciting 'gets.' Gallery Hyundai, from Korea, will return to the fair for the first time since 2004 with a presentation by Lee Ufan and Ai Weiwei. London’s Sprueth Magers will return for the first time in a decade, and New York’s Greene Naftali and David Zwirner have also come back into the fold."
Julia Halperin
artinfo.com
January 20, 2012

Double Feature: Moving Image, New York's Video-Only Art Fair, Joins Forces With the Armory Show

"In a city where new art fairs are popping up faster than Duane Reades, it's about time some of them started banding together. The Armory Show and the new video-only fair Moving Image have announced a collaboration for the 2012 edition of the Armory, which runs March 8 through 11....Moving Image...will curate the inaugural edition of "Armory Film," a series of contemporary video and experimental films, at the Armory's media lounge on Pier 94."
Julia Halperin
artinfo
November 22, 2011

Theaster Gates Rising

"On October 25th an invitation-only crowd celebrating the artist Theaster Gates filled the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel with art, fashion and buzz. Gates has been commissioned as the artist who will create the visual identity for the 2012 Armory Show, to be held March 8th-11th in New York. Gates’s visual identity work will be used in the design for the exhibition catalog, VIP brochure and bag, and all printed materials...Theaster Gates is a seemingly unusual choice for a commercial venture like the Armory Show as he puts a large portion of his sales back into the Dorcester project. Given his wide-ranging interests and embracing of so many different media and aspects of art-making, it is very encouraging that the Armory Show 2012 has chosen Gates as its visual “representative." By doing so it is reflecting a return to politically-based work, and a strong message of art’s transformative ability beyond mere commerce and sales results."
Barbara Bloemink
adobeairstream.com
November 2, 2011

Armory Show Hires Noah Horowitz as Managing Director

"The Armory Show, the modern and contemporary art fair that takes place annually in New York, has hired Noah Horowitz, former director of the online VIP Art Fair, as managing director...Mr. Horowitz, 32, holds a Ph.D. from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. He is the author of the book Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market, which was released earlier this year. The VIP Art Fair, which had its first edition in January 2011, announced Mr. Horowitz’s departure on Friday; he begins his new job today with the Armory Show, which started in the mid 1990s in the Gramercy Park Hotel."
Sarah Douglas
New York Observer
November 1, 2011

Noah Horowitz joins The Armory Show as Managing Director to help shape the creative vision of the fair

"Paul Morris, Co-Founder of The Armory Show, announced the appointment of Noah Horowitz, Ph.D., as the art fair’s Managing Director. Horowitz joins The Armory Show leadership team — including Morris and Managing Directors Michael Hall and Deborah Harris — effective today. In his new role, Horowitz will help shape the creative vision of the fair and cultivate relationships with galleries, partner institutions and collectors for Pier 94, the contemporary section. The appointment of Horowitz is among the signals of the important changes being made to the fair’s infrastructure and amenities for the 2012 edition, which will take place March 8-11, 2012 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City."
Art Daily
November 1, 2011

Noah Horowitz joins Armory Show as new Managing Director

"Noah Horowitz has joined The Armory Show as the fair’s new Managing Director, effective October 31. Along with co-founder Paul Morris and Managing Directors Michael Hall and Deborah Harris, Horowitz will fulfill a central role as part of the management team. The press release states that Horowitz’s position will include shaping the fair’s creative vision and cultivating relationships with participants and collectors for Pier 94, the fair’s contemporary section."
Flash Art
November 1, 2011

VIP Art Fair Director Noah Horowitz Leaves the Virtual World for the Armory Show

"Noah Horowitz, formerly director of the online-only VIP Art Fair, has left the virtual world after less than two years to direct a fair in real life. The Armory Show has announced that Horowitz will become the marquee New York art fair's new managing director, starting today...It has been a fall full of changes for the Armory Show, which will hold next year's edition from March 8-11...Beyond the leadership shifts, the Amory announced plans to redesign its home at Piers 92 and94 with a new look from architecture firm Bade Stageberg Cox,add a restaurant, and trim its lineup by 50 galleries."
Julia Halperin
artinfo.com
November 1, 2011

The Armory Show Celebrates Commission Artist Theaster Gates

"Tuesday October 25, 2011, the Gramercy Hotel hosted The Armory Show’s 2012 Artist Party. Artists and afficcionado’s alike gathered amid the candlelit velvet of the classic, Old New York-style Rose Bar to celebrate the nomination of Theaster Gates as The Armory Show’s 2012 Commission Artist...Mr. Gates, a multimedia artist, has been lauded for his work in performance, installations, and music. In anticipation of The Armory Show, March 7 through 11, 2012, he now turns his attention to textiles with his Civil Rights Throw Rugs. While these tidy square rugs seem to be made of rough silk, they are actually composed of decommissioned fire hoses. Gates has created a set of 20 rugs (including one specifically for display at the MoMA) designed to draw attention to the tension between civility and the Civil Right’s Movement and specifically the role that fire hoses played in this struggle."
Elizabeth Barker
Whitewall
October 31, 2011

Armory Show Toasts Theaster Gates

"Becoming an Armory Show artist, a kind of brand ambassador for the fair, seemed just as effortless. “It was the fastest decision ever and the first time it was unanimous," said Armory president and co-founder Paul Morris of the committee’s selection...Aside from designing a limited-edition multiple for the Armory Show, each year the commissioned artist is also responsible for conceptualizing the “visual identity" of the fair. In Gates’ case, this job entailed submitting about 15 images that graphic designers will abstract for the catalogue cover and promotional material."
artnet.com
Rachel Corbett
October 28, 2011

The Armory Show Retools: Smaller, More Fun

"Seventeen years ago, Paul Morris teamed up with three other New York art dealers to launch the Gramercy International Art Fair in the Gramercy Park Hotel at the foot of Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The fair would morph into the Armory Show several years later. Last week, Morris came back to the hotel to preside over a press lunch in the rooftop Gramercy Terrace restaurant in anticipation of the 14th installment of the Armory Show, Mar. 8-11, 2012....Now, the Armory Show is being scaled down by some 50 exhibitors (from more than 270 in 2011). Booths are being made larger, and more cafes and lounges are being added, in a design overhaul by the New York architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox ...Morris insisted that the dramatic move -- in today’s economy, to choose a path that leads to smaller revenues was necessary to preserve the show’s identity and popularity."
Walter Robinson
artnet.com
September 26, 2011

Armory Fair Slims Down and Katelijne De Backer Leaves

"...Additionally, it was announced that the fair will feature fewer galleries this year than last year. There will also be a new design by the firm Bade Stageberg Cox. The number of participating galleries has been reduced by forty in Pier 94 and ten in Pier 92 as opposed to the 274 galleries featured last year. Part of the redesign will also include getting rid of the metal staircase that separated the two piers. “Our dealers want us to have a more focused group, with larger spaces," Morris noted."
ArtForum.com
September 21, 2011

As Director Steps Down, Armory Show Announces Trimmer 2012 Edition

"As the Armory Show art fair prepares for next year’s edition, in March...its organizers are making major changes...They also revealed that next year’s fair, which alights on Piers 92 and 94 in March, 2012, will feature fewer galleries than last year, and sport a new design conceived by architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox...“If you make choices in the service of art, you couldn’t go awry." These new decisions follow that principle, Paul Morris said."
Andrew Russeth
New York Observer
September 20, 2011

Armory Show Will Spotlight the "Vital" Nordic Art Scene in 2012

"The Armory Show has announced that it will dedicate its next special Armory Focus section to the Nordic region, with the 2012 edition of the fair showcasing about 20 galleries from Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. For the first time in the section's three year history, the New York art fair has enlisted an outside curator, Malmö Konsthall director Jacob Fabricius, to help organize the display...The statement additionally notes that the region — home to such artists as Olafur Eliasson, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Guido van der Werve — has a "vital presence in New York City." A gallery roster will be announced in coming months."
Andrew M. Goldstein
artinfo.com
August 11, 2011

The Armory Show: A Record Crowd of Some 65 Thousand Attended New York Art Fair At Piers 92 and 94

"The Armory Show is as important to New York as Art Basel is to Miami. Maybor Bloomberg opened the fair, welcoming visitors to the city of cities, and maybe by extension, the fair of fairs..."
Julia Herzberg
Arte!Brasileiros
May 1, 2011

Sales Hold Steady at a Spruced-Up Armory

"Sales were steady, particularly at the $20,000 and under range. Young artist dominated the booths, and proved popular: Alizon Jacques sold out her Ryan Mosley solo presentation… "It's really nice to be here and to be able to actually talk to the collectors," said the artist."
Charlotte Burns, Melanie Gerlis
The Art Newspaper
April 1, 2011

At Armory, Fast Food, 3-D And Some Big new Guns

"The Armory Show, New York's biggest contemporary art fair... offers thousands of artworks. Last year, at least 60,000 people attempted the gallery booth crawl. This year, organizers expect as high a turnout, given the returning health of the contemporary art market. The crowd during Wednesday's VIP preview included everyone from "Gossip Girl" actresses to MOMA director Glenn Lowry. Artists Tracey Emin and Chakaia Booker also stopped by..."
Kelly Crow
The Wall Street Journal
March 5, 2011

Free-for-All Spirit Breezes Into A Vast Art Fair

"An unexpected benefit: the vigorous call and response between the contemporary section, on Pier 94, and the modern section created two years ago, on Pier 92, for dealers in more historical material.. The show seems fresher than it has in several years... and has a younger, more egalitarian, free-for-all spirit."
Roberta Smith
The New York Times
March 4, 2011

Weekend: Conquer the Armory

"For the past 11 years, galleries from all over the world have descended on New York to present their best works for the annual Armory Show. Taking up two entire piers, the show is overwhelmingly huge, but if you prepare well you will be treated to all the world class art that can delight your eyeballs."
Heidi Patalano
Metro
March 4, 2011

Manhattan's ADAA Art Show and Armory Show Set to Dazzle International Colelctors

"The Armory Show slated for the first week in March…packed to the brim with both top tier modern and contemporary art certain to rival offerings at Art Basel during June... is poised to draw collectors globally... The Armory Show is cleverly divided into two major sections, with contemporary art at Pier 94 and blue chip Modern works right next door on Pier 92. The contemporary offerings, from the latest paintings, photography, video and sculpture right up to monumentally scaled installations are certain to tempt the most discerning collectors. Located on Pier 94 is invitational Armory focus: Latin America, composed of 18 dealers from that region. The fair commissioned Mexian artist, Gabriel Kuri, who is touted in an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, to create a special work for Focus."
Brook S. Mason
The Art Newspaper
March 1, 2011

Armory Show 2011: Focus on Latin America

"Truly an international art fair, the Armory Art Show spotlights Latin America with galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela..."We distinguish ourselves by being supported by the most vibrant contemporary art environment," said Katelijne de Backer, executive director of the Armory Show. "Galleries and museums in New York City are second to none in the world, and they all come together to provide concurrent exhibition offerings." But it would be a mistake to classify The Armory Show as simply a "local art fair." After all, the art business is now by definition global. To counteract this classification, the Armory Show as increased and maintained the presence of international participants over the years. For example, in 2010, the Armory Show spotlighted Berlin as part of a geographical focus on a vibant art community outside New York. This year, "Armory Focus: Latin America" will feautre a selection of 21 galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexio, Peru and Venezuela. These are in addition to approximately 10 Latin American galleries that already part of the main contemporary and Modern sections... Many of the exhibitors view the Armory Show as an opportunity to emulate the quality of a curated museum exhibition. What's more, many galleries are opting for spotlighting one single artist or one major installation with a view to creating an indelible impression on the collectors and visitors..."
Chiu-Ti Jansen
New York Observer Magazine (NYO)
March 1, 2011

Artist to Watch: Gabriel Kuri

"After a prolific year exhibiting in Italy, Germany and the United States, Kuri is beginning the new year as the artist commisioned to create the visual identity of the 2011 Armory Show in New York City. His role will be to define the fair's overall aesthetic, which will allow him to apply his personal subject matter, which addresses the consumer, to an event that primarily functions as a site for art to be purchased. Perhaps when his work is placed within this context, Kuri will reign as purveyor of the paper chase and, with the fruits of his scavenging, instill an awakened mindfullness among patrons at the fair."
Molly Gottschalk
Whitewall
March 1, 2011

Calendar: Visual Arts

"The Armory Fair takes over NYC's art scene starting in March, which means plenty of notable group shows... part of the VIP program during Armory. Sure to have its share of gross-out art, it also features big names like Ryan McGinley, Claire Fontaine and Norma Jeane, plus a tombstone by Brooklyn bad boy Scott Cambbell."
Richard Martin
MANHATTAN
March 1, 2011

Culture and Travel: When in New York for the Armory Show

"With Pier 92 showcasing modern art and Pier 94 devoted to contemporary art, The Armory Show is a feast for the eyes. It logged more than 60,000 visitors in 2010 and organizers expect an even alrger attendance at this edition, whose visual scheme will be created by the Mexican-born Gabriel Kuri. Armory Focus, now in its second year, spotlights galleries from Latin America. Special perks for VIPs include more than 20 private-sector open houses."
Art + Auction
February 1, 2011