The Armory Show will welcome 178 exhibitors from 31 countries for an exciting 2020 edition featuring an expanded curatorial program and 30 first-time exhibitors
“As a fair for exhibitors that span size and scale—from global powerhouses to regional leaders and those just beginning to gain recognition—we are proud to offer a platform for serious and ambitious presentations across categories and centuries.”
— Nicole Berry, Executive Director
The Essential New York Art Fair
The 2020 edition will feature many notable thematic and solo-artist presentations within Galleries, the fair’s core section.
A Place for Discovery
Highlighting the fair’s role as an important platform for bringing emerging galleries to the forefront, Presents welcomes nine first-time exhibitors this year. Additionally, the Gramercy International Prize recipient is Kai Matsumiya (New York), who will stage a solo presentation of sculptural works by Pedro Wirz. Once again, the esteemed jury included Stefano Basilico, Collector and Advisor; Clarissa Dalrymple, Independent Curator; Nicole Klagsbrun, Owner and Founder, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery; Andrea Rosen, Owner and Founder, Andrea Rosen Gallery; and Lisa Spellman, Owner and Founder, 303 Gallery.
Expanded Curatorial Program
The 2020 edition will feature an expanded curatorial program and, for the first time in the fair’s history, an entire pier will be devoted to curator-led initiatives—with Pier 90 encompassing Perspectives, the Focus section, and a selection of Platform projects.
Perspectives, the newest exhibitor section, will be dedicated to historical material viewed through a contemporary lens, bringing together both established and emerging exhibitors. Curated in its inaugural year by Nora Burnett Abrams (Mark G. Falcone Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), Perspectives: Past as Present will demonstrate a range of projects evocative of the fair’s early years, when exhibitors offered daring, gritty, and even whimsical presentations.
Focus, organized by Jamillah James (Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), will consider the ways in which artists construct a version of reality or self where the boundaries of fact and fiction are indistinct. Taken as a whole, Focus: Another time, another place is an open-ended proposition that asks how history functions when the present is constantly accelerating, and how much agency individuals or communities have in narrating their experiences and making new worlds.
Platform, a curated section offering artists the opportunity to realize large-scale installations and site-specific work, is organized by Anne Ellegood (Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). Large-scale projects will address how techniques of satire and caricature have been used historically in art and literature as sharp tools of social critique. The full list of participating artists and galleries will be announced in early 2020.