Miami may have Art Basel which is arguably the most important art show in the United States, but New York has a very important international art fair of its own opening today; The Armory Show which is now in it’s 12th year. Just like Art Basel, The Armory Show is comprised of an international pooling of galleries who represent some of their most important works. Taking place at two separate piers: Pier 92 will feature THE ARMORY SHOW – MODERN and Pier 94 will feature THE ARMORY SHOW – CONTEMPORARY. MODERN will present international galleries with a focus on modern art that embodies a historical significance while, CONTEMPORARY will focus on living artists today who are creating an impression on the art scene.
Just like fashion week that features the main tents at Lincoln Center and a slew of worthy designers who showcase their collections off site throughout the city, The Armory Show isn’t the only ticket in town this coming week. For a full list of all the surrounding art shows taking place in New York visit www.nycgo.com.
Progressive Pulse caught up with Katie Gass, Jumeirah Official Curator, who gave us an insider pre-viewing of this year’s show. We opted for the CONTEMPORARY show and Gass immediately noticed the use of color and a balance of mediums represented at this year’s festival. She also pointed out that there seemed to be a higher percentage of paintings and less photography than in previous years. With a strong attendance at the opening, Gass felt that it was a good barometer of how we’re doing economically and ultimately represents a healthy state of affairs.
Running with Katie through the Armory was an exhilarating experience as she literally knows everyone in the art scene. She kept conversation to a minimum as she stayed focused on pointing out some of the noteworthy galleries and artists represented this year. If you get a chance stop by the Murray Guy gallery booth and say hi to Janice Guy whom Gass referred to as “the Patti Smith of art dealers; she has a knack for picking photographers who ultimately end up at MOMA.” Guy had previously shot self nude portraits of herself that were all the rage.
Other standouts include a solo installation by Sam Van Aken entitled “New Edens” presented by The Feldman Gallery. We met up with Ronald Feldman who has been introducing important new artists onto the scene for years. He represented Andy Warhol during his latter years until he passed. Van Aken’s “New Edens” showcases an orchid of trees with genetically altered properties thus representing the symbiosis of humankind’s relation to nature.
Be sure and look out for artist Julian Opie who’s represented at two different gallery booths and is currently on display at MOMA. Artists that also caught our attention included Chilean artist Iván Navarro who uses fluorescent lights to create magnificent sculptures, Christian Marclay who “makes art that makes sound” and Antony Gormley who creates cast iron sculptures and who was commissioned last Summer to erect his lifelike sculptures throughout Madison Square Park. The Armory Show runs March 3rd – 6th at Pier 92 & 94. Go to www.thearmoryshow.com