armory week 2013

In Focus: Inside Eric Shiner’s Corner of The Armory Show

Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum and curator of this year’s Armory Focus: USA, was not just at the fair’s VIP preview, he was on the walls. “We’re famous! Did you see?” he asked collector Sue Stoffel with a grin. Both Mr. Shiner and Ms. Stoffel appear in one of the drawings in Liz Magic Laser’s presentation at the Various Small Fires booth. Read More

Armory Week 2012

‘If You Don’t Do This Fair, You’re Stupid’: With Sales and High Spirits, the Armory Show Gets Off to a Rollicking Start

Sean Kelly's bustling booth, with a new painting by Kehinde Wiley

The greatest threat to the Armory Show was a no-show on its opening day. No, we’re not talking about the looming Frieze Art Fair, which launches its first New York edition in May—Frieze was present in corporeal form, in the person of co-director Amanda Sharp, who was spotted amongst the Armory’s booths and in virtual form, in the press release that went out this morning, just as the Armory was opening its doors, announcing Frieze’s New York’s architectural plans. Read More

Armory Week 2012

For Theaster Gates at the Armory, There’s No Sale Without Process

Courtesy Rozalia Jovanovic

“Who has access to a venture capitalist?” said the artist Theaster Gates as he wrote on a 10-foot-tall chalkboard at the booth of Chicago and Berlin dealer Kavi Gupta at the Armory Show. Mr. Gates had pulled up a yellow chair to get at higher parts of the board and wrote down, “New Forms of Philanthropy,” and underlined it dramatically. He was speaking to a man in a pinstripe suit and cordovan shoes who was looking on eagerly, but a small crowd had formed around him and it became a kind of presentation. “You do now,” someone shouted. Read More

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What’s in Your Wallet?

Where is your name?

Pick a card, any card! Well, maybe not any card.

This post’s for those of you who are interested in art fair sociology and, let’s say, hierarchies. Paging Thorstein Veblen in the afterlife, here we wade into the waters of the leisure classes and their various entry points into conspicuous consumption. Last night, wandering the tony aisles of the Art Show, the week’s Upper East Side fair, we ran into an acquaintance who displayed for us the three–well, we only know of three anyhow!–VIP cards given out by the Armory Show. Which opens today–to VIPs! and, er, the press… (The Observer‘s shoe can be seen in the lower right, but is not germane here.) Read More

Interview

Andres Serrano After ‘Piss Christ’

Andres Serrano. Celebrity, 2011, courtesy of Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art

Piss Christ photographer Andres Serrano’s new series “Anarchy,” debuts next month at the Armory Show at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art’s booth. The photographer is returning to photographing figurines, as he did in his earliest work, though with a new subject: war. The Hanging shows a figurine hanging from a tree, while Level of Disobedience has a hooded man being held up at gun-point. “It’s disconcerting because the toys are not necessarily playing nice,” said Serrano. “They allude to death, war, disaster, confusion and abomination. But children don’t really play nice with their toys when they bash them or instruct them to kill.” Read More

Art Fairs

Exclusive: Armory Show 2012 Exhibitor List

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Yesterday, the Armory Show, New York’s 14-year-old annual contemporary art fair, held every March on two piers on the West Side, announced that, as in years past, it would do its annual fundraiser with the Museum of Modern Art. But, as many art world observers noted, there was something missing: the fair had not yet released an exhibitor list. Last year, the list was released on Jan. 11. Read More