armory week 2014

MoMA Offers a Sugar Rush as Blood Orange, Jamie xx Play the Armory Party

Jamie xx. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Normal Red Bull, sugar-free Red Bull, even Red Bull Total Zero: these were the drinks that greeted arrivals to last night’s Armory Party at the Museum of Modern Art, proffered by waiters standing in formation like the caterers at a fashionably late-night funeral. Never before has a fête been so upfront about—and accommodating of—its guests’ extreme exhaustion.  Read More

2014 Armory Show

Here’s the 2014 Armory Show List

The 2012 Armory. (Courtesy The 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.) Read More

On View

‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ at the New-York Historical Society

'Blue Nude' (1907) by Henri Matisse. (Courtesy NYHS)

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). Read More

armory week 2014

Xu Zhen Named Armory Show Commissioned Artist

The Armory Show 2014 Focus: China Party at The Standard Highline

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.”) Read More

human resources

Armory Show Founding Director Paul Morris Resigns After 18 Years

Morris. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

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.” Read More