The core section of The Armory Show, Galleries features outstanding 20th- and 21st-century artworks presented by leading international galleries. Visitors are invited to discover thousands of artworks spanning movements, mediums, and cultures.
Nora Burnett Abrams, Mark G. Falcone Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, curates the 2020 Perspectives section, a new historical section that offers an intimate grouping of thought-provoking presentations of 20th-century work examined through a contemporary theme. Projects in this section are evocative of the early days of the fair, when booths featured daring, gritty, and even whimsical presentations. Perspectives hopes to capture the spirit of those first iterations with an eye toward revisiting and recasting the fresh and diverse voices of an earlier era.
Jamillah James, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curates the 2020 Focus section, devoted to solo- and dual-artist presentations of today’s most relevant and compelling artwork. Projects in this section consider the ways in which artists construct a version of reality or self where the boundaries of fact and fiction are indistinct. Visitors will discover artworks that address notions of alternate and revisionist histories and challenges to received knowledge or truth.
Presents is a platform for galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recent work from emerging artists. Solo- and dual-artist presentations spotlight the next generation of artistic talents in an intimate setting.
Anne Ellegood, newly appointed Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles curates Platform, a section devoted to large-scale installations and performances that respond to and activate the fair’s industrial venue. The projects consider how techniques of satire and caricature have been used historically in art and literature as sharp tools of social critique. The artists in this section draw from centuries-old practices while imbuing them with fresh perspectives to examine particular issues bubbling up in today’s volatile political and cultural climate.
Participating organizations- ranging from museums to not-for-profit galleries to art foundations- with The Armory Show share their common desire to promote the visual arts to collectors and the general public alike.