The Armory Show, is one of the worlds leading international contemporary and modern art fairs. It takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan. The fair is devoted to showcasing important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. Now In its fifteen years the fair has become a global institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions, throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.
The Armory Show was named after the infamous Show held in the Armory building in 1913, which brought modernism to America and included Picasso, Matisse and Duchamp in their first public showing in New York. The fair now housed in Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side, is the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar.
Visited by up to 60,000 thousand people each March, the Armory has for almost two decades been the showpiece for some of the world’s most important modern and contemporary art galleries. Canonical names from Miro to Rothko have all been presented at the fair, as have, in equal measure, some of the most cutting edge artists of a younger generation like Hirst, Ai Weiwei and Ryan Gander. Organised by The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week has emerged as one of liveliest moments in New York’s already rich cultural calendar, with a number of smaller art fairs temporarily alighting throughout the city and the major museums staging their marquee exhibitions to coincide with the fair.
The Armory Show – Contemporary, housed on Pier 94, welcomes returning exhibitors David Zwirner (New York, London), Sprüth Magers Berlin London (Berlin, London), Sean Kelly (New York), Massimo De Carlo (Milan), Lisson Gallery (London), Victoria Miro (London), Kukje Gallery/Tina Kim Gallery (Seoul, New York), Marianne Boesky (New York), Praz-Delavallade (Paris), Luciana Brito Galeria (Sao Paulo), Corvi-Mora (London), Sies + Höke (Dusseldorf), Jack Shainman (New York), GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Beijing, Le Moulin), Galerie EIGEN + Art (Berlin), Kerlin Gallery (Dublin), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City), Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich), and Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago). An excellent roster of new exhibitors includes Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), and Galeria Raquel Arnaud (Sao Paulo). Full list Click Here
Galleries representing younger artists and developing markets will have a distinct presence at the fair, spanning: Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), Eleven Rivington (New York), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai), Singapore Tyler Print Institute (Singapore), i8 (Reykjavik), Rod Bianco Gallery (Oslo), Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing), Andersen’s Contemporary (Copenhagen), GRIMM (Amsterdam), C L E A R I N G (Brooklyn, Brussels), and Hannah Barry Gallery (London).
The Armory Show – Modern on Pier 92, is dedicated to international dealers specializing in historically significant 20th century works, will present exhibitors including Marlborough Gallery (New York), Galerie Thomas (Munich), Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M. (Bologna), Alan Cristea Gallery (London), Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Los Angeles), Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Arts (New York), James Goodman Gallery (New York), Craig F. Starr Gallery (New York), Galerie Ludorff (Dusseldorf), Danese (New York) and Gallery Sho Contemporary Art (Tokyo). New additions to the fair include Galleria Mazzoleni (Torino) and Galerie Koch who will be exhibiting for the first time in New York. Full List Click Here
This year marks the second edition of Solo Projects, a section of the fair dedicated to single artist presentations; Armory Film, which will feature a curated selection of contemporary artist film and video work; and Open Forum, a lively series of panels and roundtable discussions. For the second year running, the fair will be designed by Brooklyn-based architects Bade Stageberg Cox.
Armory Focus was initiated in 2010 to highlight the contemporary gallery and artistic landscape from a specific geographic region. This unique section of the fair has quickly become one of the defining features of The Armory Show, presenting a survey of a region’s contemporary cultural practices as framed by a singular curatorial vision. Armory Focus booths are located in a dedicated section adjacent to the entrance of Pier 94 and associated projects will be presented throughout the fair. Talks and lectures will also be organized around topics pertinent to Armory Focus: USA as part of The Armory Show’s popular Open programme.
Liz Magic Laser, acclaimed for her dynamic performance work has been named the Armory Artist Commission, and Eric Shiner, Director of the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh will provide the curatorial vision for Armory Focus: USA, spotlighting the best of contemporary practice in America.
Featured highlights of Armory Focus: USA include: Gagosian Gallery, which will mark its debut at The Armory Show with a special project by Andy Warhol; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, also exhibiting at the fair for the first time, with works by Roy McMakin; Churner and Churner, featuring Elise Abidi’s Oxidation paintings, which revisit Warhol’s heralded series; CONNERSMITH, presenting The Network by Lincoln Schatz, which debuted at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, in December 2012; new work by sculptor Dave Cole at DODGEgallery; Andrew Brischler and Simone Leigh at Gavlak Gallery; The Suzanne Geiss Company will present a site-specific installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus, the international group of visual and performance artists that combine elements of psychedelia and kitsch to craft sharply playful mash-ups; Higher Pictures and On Stellar Rays will collaborate on a booth exhibiting the work of Rochelle Feinstein and Artie Vierkant; INVISIBLE-EXPORTS will feature artists Paul Gabrielli and Cary Leibowitz whose works scrutinize and restyle the forgotten, the overlooked, and the discarded in reaction to a culture consumed by novelty; Magnan Metz will present a solo-booth by Duke Riley focused on America’s strength and marginalization, including a new work developed in response to the devastation wrought on the Rockaways by Hurricane Sandy; Shuhei Yamada, a Japanese artist providing incisive commentary on Americana at Aisho Miura; moniquemeloche will present a three-person booth featuring Type A, Kendell Carter, and Joel Ross; Wendi Norris will present the works of Chitra Ganesh and Dorthea Tanning spanning six decades of both artists’ careers; at Samson Projects, a solo-presentation of Todd Pavlisko will illustrate the macabre mechanisms propelling a cast of characters to strive towards “greatness” via cycles of madness and futility; Jessica Silverman Gallery will premiere a new body of mixed media paintings and a single-channel film by Desiree Holman; and Various Small Fires will exhibit a special presentation of the work of Armory Commissioned Artist Liz Magic Laser. The fair will also feature installations by Devon Dikeou, Charles Lutz, and Dennis Marsico, all curated by Eric Shiner.
Participating exhibitors in Armory Focus: USA:
Churner and Churner, New York: Elise Abidi ,CONNERSMITH, Washington D.C.: Lincoln Schatz ,DODGEgallery, New York: Dave Cole ,Gagosian Gallery, New York: Andy Warhol ,Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach: Andrew Brischler and Simone Leigh ,The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York: Assume Vivid Astro Focus ,Higher Pictures, New York / On Stellar Rays, New York: Rochelle Feinstein and Artie Vierkant ,Invisible-Exports, New York: Paul Gabrielli and Cary Leibowitz, Magnan Metz, New York: Duke Riley ,Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco: Roy McMakin ,Aisho Miura, Tokyo: Shuhei Yamada ,moniquemeloche, Chicago: Type A, Kendell Carter, and Joel Ross ,Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco: Chitra Ganesh and Dorthea Tanning ,Samson Projects, Boston: Todd Pavlisko ,Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco: Desiree Holman ,Various Small Fires, Los Angeles: Liz Magic Laser.
The Armory Show will also present a dynamic selection of programming taking place on-site throughout the duration of the fair. This year’s OPEN FORUM lecture series has been curated by Anne Barlow, Executive Director of Art in General, and is comprised of talks inspired by, and expanding upon Armory Focus: USA, which highlights artistic practices across America, and the history and legacy of the groundbreaking original Armory Show of 1913. The fair will also host the second edition of Armory Film, curated by Moving Image, which will feature a selection of works by leading contemporary film and video artists represented by Armory Show exhibitors. These events will take place on Pier 94 in the Media Lounge.