2014 Armory Show
Just in time for next week’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the Armory Show today announced the exhibitors who have signed on for its 16th edition, which runs next year from March 6 through 9 on Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side, with a preview day on March 5. (That’s the same week that the 2014 Whitney Biennial opens to the public, so it’s shaping up to be a very fine early March in New York City.)
While New York hums in the thrall of British provocateur Banksy’s month-long self-authorized public arts festival, a show at the New-York Historical Society reminds us we have long linked new art with scandal. “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution” reunites 100 paintings, sculptures and prints from the seminal and shocking 1913 exhibition and offers them up for reappraisal.
You know about the Armory Show from “Art History 101.” During the few months it was on view in New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory building, hardly a day went by without a new newspaper article about the show’s affront to traditional aesthetics. The New York Times called Duchamp’s Cubist painting Nude Descending a Staircase “an explosion in a shingle factory”; a 1913 cartoon in The Evening Sun dubbed the painting’s awkward figure The Rude Descending a Staircase (Rush Hour at the Subway).
armory week 2014
The Armory Show has selected Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen as the commissioned artist for the 2014 edition of the fair, executive director Noah Horowitz announced last night.
“We picked an artist with an intentionally hard to pronounce name,” quipped Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, who is curating the Armory Focus: China section of the fair. (For the record it’s pronounced “‘shoe’ like on a foot and ‘Jen’ with a J.”)
The Armory Show announced today that Liz Magic Laser has been chosen as the commissioned artist for its 2013 fair, tasked with creating the event’s visual identity. Reached by e-mail, Ms. Laser gave Gallerist a few more details about what she has planned.
A fine scoop over at Art in America today: Brian Boucher reports that Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., the Chicago-based owner of a number of prominent buildings and trade fairs, is in talks to sell three of its eight art fairs: the Armory Show, Volta and Platform Los Angeles.
The Observer has learned that Paul Morris, founding director of the Armory Show and, for the past five years, vice president of art shows and events for Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., owner of the Armory Show, is resigning his position.
Reached for comment by phone, Mr. Morris confirmed the news and said that he is “really proud about the great programming” he has recently helped put in place at the Armory, particularly the “Focus” sections and the selection each year of an emerging artist to make an editioned artwork for charity (Theaster Gates last year), but that he “felt it was time for me to move on,” and characterized this as “a personal decision.”
If you caught New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl scribbling notes at the Armory Show this past March, you may have wondered what he was up to.
Late last year, former Armory Show director Katelijne De Backer joined Lehmann Maupin as a managing director, according to a story on Blouin Artinfo this morning.
Ms. De Backer left the show last October after 11 years of shaping the program. She was replaced by Noah Horowitz, and scooped up by Lehmann Maupin in Read More
Armory Week 2012
More than 60,000 people visited the Armory Show last week, according to a wrap-up press release.
Armory Week 2012
This week, Gallerist had all kinds of fun. Beginning at the piers for the Armory, we continued on to the Independent in Chelsea and then the Dependent Art Fair at the Comfort Inn on Ludlow Street, where hordes of people crammed into tiny hotel rooms to catch sight of all the ways emerging galleries made Read More