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.
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.