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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

In 2009, The Armory Show introduced a special exhibitor section for 20th century artworks. Expanding its mission and focus beyond contemporary art, and initially known as The Armory Show – Modern, this historical section exists today as Insights, which spotlights post-war works and overlooked artists of the 20th century.

Venus Drawn Out

Venus Drawn Out: 20th-Century Works by Great Women Artists, curated by Susan Harris, was the first curated project to take place on Pier 92 and focused exclusively on drawings made by female visionaries in the twentieth century. Pictured is a large-scale work by Pat Steir featured in Venus Drawn Out.

The Armory Show - Modern

Visitors examine a pair of works by Frank Stella at The Armory Show - Modern.

Focus was introduced in 2010, launching the fair’s first curator-led exhibitor section and signaling the fair’s shift toward curatorial engagement and excellence. Since then, curators Omar Kholeif, Philip Tinari, Eric Shiner, Jarrett Gregory, Gabriel Ritter, and Lauren Haynes, to name a few, have been invited to organize the Focus section.

Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson poses in front of his installation Scandinavian Pain (2006) at The Armory Show 2012. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

Focus China

Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, stands with the gallerists of Focus: China in 2014. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.


Björk speaks at The Armory Show's 2012 Scandinavia Focus Symposium. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

"I have watched The Armory Show grow from its beginnings in the Gramercy Park Hotel to its current location on Piers 92 & 94. Throughout it has brought contemporary galleries from around the world to New York, allowing anyone interested a glimpse at an almost endless array of art. I look forward to it every year."— Glenn Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art

"The support, enthusiasm, and commitment of the collectors and curators is unmatched and many of our truest and most committed collectors come back to see us every day of the fair." — Susanne Vielmetter, Gallerist

Agnes Gund

Agnes Gund, President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, tours The Armory Show's 2018 edition with Executive Director, Nicole Berry. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, delivers a lecture on exhibition making in the 21st century as part of Armory Live at The Armory Show 2018. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

Karo Akpokiere

Artist Karo Akpokiere works on his drawing-performance, Alternate Art Fair, during The Armory Show's VIP Preview in 2016. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

For the 2017 edition, The Armory Show introduced Platform, a curated section which stages large-scale artworks and site-specific installations that engage and celebrate the industrial nature of the Piers.

Leonardo Drew

Visitors stand in front of Number 123X, 2018, a site-specific installation by Leonardo Drew. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.


Onlookers observe My Turn, 2018, a performance architecture work by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

"Some of our most interesting projects were presented at The Armory Show, including the two versions of The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon, the Vito Acconci Open Bookstore, and the ESPO bakery. The Armory Show gives our gallery the platform to connect with a large and enthusiastic audience. Each year we meet new collectors who become part of our circle." — Jeffrey Deitch, Gallerist

Jeffrey Deitch

A crowd gathers inside the 2018 rendition of Deitch Projects' Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon. Photograph courtesy of The Armory Show.

Jeffrey Gibson

Works by Jeffrey Gibson hang in The Armory Show's Champagne Lounge in 2018. Courtesy of The Armory Show.

Yayoi Kusama

A sculptural garden by Yayoi Kusama inaugurates the new Town Square on Pier 94 at The Armory Show 2017. The Town Square was introduced for large-scale public works to be presented at the center of the fair.

The 2019 edition marks 25 years since the fair’s founding at the Gramercy Park Hotel. In this quarter-century, The Armory Show has stayed firm to its original mission—to be a nexus for the international art world, supporting galleries and artists by inspiring dialogue, discovery, and patronage in the visual arts.