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.
"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 Im 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 mena genre I lovingly refer to as Mao with a Coke can.
"The Armory Show has announced that theyve chosen Xu Zhen as the commissioned artist for 2014. Considered one of Chinas 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."
"The Armory Show is looking east for its 2014 edition. The organisers have selected China as the subject of the fairs 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."
"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."
"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 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."
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 Carlos booth. With Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner doing the inviting, the Focus sectiongenerally small, independent shops showing emerging or under-the-radar artistswas a genuine hot spot too."
"With 214 galleries represented, this years 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 Yorks art scene."
"New Yorks 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."
"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."
"Armory is promoting its New York bona fides. Taxicab-yellow chairs are scattered throughout the piers, and at the fairs press opening Mike Bloomberg himself praised the resilience of the citys galleries in the wake of Hurricane Sandy...Horowitz has also attracted several galleries that have stayed away in past years, such as Zurichs 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..."
"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."
"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 todays highly competitive market for so-called modern masters the 2013 edition proved its mettle from the start of the opening bell."
"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 years fair will at least where Laser is concerned get exactly what they want."
"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."
"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 fairs Centennial celebrations."
"As this year marks the centennial of New York art fair the Armory Shows 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."
"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 Shows namesake exhibition."
This years 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 years 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.
"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."
"This years 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 fairs 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."
"New Yorks 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."
"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 Londons 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 years fair are David Zwirner, Sean Kelly, Marianne Boesky and Jack Shainman. Brooklyns Bade Stageberg Cox architects are handling the fairs design for the second time."
"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 contributionvery much in developmentas 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."
"Next year the curated Focus section of New Yorks 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 years U.S.-centric Armory Show Focus presentation."
"The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College has acquired the archives of Colin de Lands 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 Yorks 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."
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 artists voice in the collaborative process and public life. With gestures veering from comedic to politically provocative, she will activate the fairs heritage as a site of innovation and discovery.
"This morning New Yorks Armory Show named the irreverent but hyper-political performance and new media artist Liz Magic Laser as the 2013 Artist Commission for the fairs next edition, which will run March 7-10, 2013, and marks the 100th anniversary of the original Armory Show for which its 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 fairs over-arching market-driven logic."
"The Armory Show announced today that Liz Magic Laser has been chosen as the commissioned artist for its 2013 fair, tasked with creating the events 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.
"Its 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 its 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."
October 9, 2012
The Armory to Celebrate the Land of the Brave
"The 15th edition is also a quasicentenary, Horowitz says, as the fairs 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 Yorks performance biennial Performa 11, in which American political interviews were turned into a romantic drama."
"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 Monitors annual Artelligence conference at the New York Athletic Club...
On Horowitzs side was advisor Thea Westreich who argued that fairs are ideal venues for networking with dealers and even artists. Its how she first connected with colleagues such as Rotterdam dealer Wilfried Lentz, who she met at Basels Liste art fair. Plus, galleries present shows to sell art too, theyre no different than fairs.
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."
The Armory Show has hired Allison Rodman, formerly of Maccarone gallery, as its new communications manager.
For those of you Ive 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 Ive yet to have the opportunity to collaborate with, it would be great to meet in person and discuss some of our upcoming initiatives.
"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 Armorys effort to explore the changing landscape of art fairs. You can read our report on last years Artelligence conference to get an idea.
Who needs a crystal ball when you have these industry insiders telling you what the future holds?"
"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 arent 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."
"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."
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 years art fair. The chairs were meant to give the event a distinctly New York feel. Whats 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.
March 9, 2012
That this years 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: Its 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, theyre painted taxicab yellow.
"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."
"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."
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 dont 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.
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 circumspectand 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.
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.
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 dArte 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.
Give people a little extra legroom, some champagne and theyll be happy. That seemed to be the attitude at the VIP preview for this years spruced-up Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan, Mar. 8-11, 2012 Dealers across the board at yesterdays 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.
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.
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.
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 Museums 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 Its so nice to see you! However, sales do, and there were plenty today.
"Today at noon, the Armory Show, New Yorks 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 years 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 fairs opening."
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 aislestwo instead of three along the main drags, allowing for easy circulationand public lounges scattered throughout, each marked with a painted tower as a landmarkgreen 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. Its huge, he said. Its 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 Winklemans Moving Image video art fair, and added a special VIP hour to allow collectors to shop without having to navigate hordes of people.
New Yorks 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 fairs 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.
The online art site Paddle8s partnership with the Armory Show through which some 100 galleries, or half the fairs 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 sites 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].
"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 fairs founding director. They hired the Brooklyn architects Bade Stageberg Cox to open up the space, giving it two aisles rather than three...This years 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."
"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 years 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."
"Tis the season to announce art fair gallery lists. The Armory Show, New Yorks 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. Londons Sprueth Magers will return for the first time in a decade, and New Yorks Greene Naftali and David Zwirner have also come back into the fold."
"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."
"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. Gatess 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 arts transformative ability beyond mere commerce and sales results."
"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 Londons Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is on the faculty of the Sothebys 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. Horowitzs departure on Friday; he begins his new job today with the Armory Show, which started in the mid 1990s in the Gramercy Park Hotel."
"Paul Morris, Co-Founder of The Armory Show, announced the appointment of Noah Horowitz, Ph.D., as the art fairs 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 fairs infrastructure and amenities for the 2012 edition, which will take place March 8-11, 2012 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City."
"Noah Horowitz has joined The Armory Show as the fairs 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 Horowitzs position will include shaping the fairs creative vision and cultivating relationships with participants and collectors for Pier 94, the fairs contemporary section."
"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."
"Tuesday October 25, 2011, the Gramercy Hotel hosted The Armory Shows 2012 Artist Party. Artists and afficcionados 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 Shows 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 Rights Movement and specifically the role that fire hoses played in this struggle."
"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 committees 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."
"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 todays economy, to choose a path that leads to smaller revenues was necessary to preserve the shows identity and popularity."
"...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."
"As the Armory Show art fair prepares for next years edition, in March...its organizers are making major changes...They also revealed that next years 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 couldnt go awry. These new decisions follow that principle, Paul Morris said."
"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
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..."
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..."
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."
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."
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..."
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."
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."
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."