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.”)
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The Armory Show, the modern and contemporary art fair that takes place annually in New York, has hired Noah Horowitz, former director of the online VIP Art Fair, as managing director.
Mr. Horowitz, 32, holds a Ph.D. from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. He is the author of the book Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market, which was released earlier this year. The VIP Art Fair, which had its first edition in January 2011, announced Mr. Horowitz’s departure on Friday; he begins his new job today with the Armory Show, which started in the mid 1990s in the Gramercy Park Hotel.