armory week 2013

armory week 2013

16 Fine Surprises From Armory Week

17 Photos

Tom Duncan at Andrew Edlin Gallery

Armory Week has come to a close. The fairs have ended, and everyone is heading back home right now. The slide show at left offers a final look back at last week, with a handful of photos of works that were on view at the ADAA Art Show, Independent and the Armory Show. It’s easy Read More

armory week 2013

An Art Fair Booth in the Nude: Thomas Bayrle at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Wallpaper by Thomas Bayrle. (Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise)

Frenetic wallpaper seems to be a thing at the art fairs this week (see Gagosian’s booth at the Armory, freakishly covered with the visage of Andy Warhol), but Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Independent has really outdone themselves. Their booth is covered in wallpaper by Thomas Bayrle featuring articles of discarded clothing cartoonishly flying through the air. If you go to the far corner of the booth, you’ll see the disrobing man and woman responsible for all this chaos.

Asked if the wallpaper was for sale, Gavin Brown deadpanned, “Everything’s for sale. Isn’t that the point?” Read More

armory week 2013

At Independent, That African Dictator Can’t Be Bought

Installation by Meschac Gaba at Independent. (Courtesy McCaffrey Fine Art)

There’s a lot of art for sale in New York this Armory Week, but at least one booth is playing hard to get. At McCaffrey Fine Art, which has a booth at the Independent art fair in Chelsea, the gallery has mounted an installation by Meschac Gaba, a West African artist who will have a solo show at the Tate Modern in July. The piece is a collection of clocks with the numbers removed and the official portraits of presidents of various African countries put in their place. There’s Sharif Sheikh of Somalia, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo and about a dozen others. It comes from Fergus McCaffrey’s personal collection and, uncharacteristic for the everything-must-go atmosphere of most art fairs, it’s not for sale. Read More

armory week 2013

Ante Up: ‘Art Cash’ Blackjack at Independent


Money may be everywhere at art fairs, but it’s usually invisible; a palpable energy driving the day’s deliberations and deals. At Broadway 1602’s Independent display, however, it’s all on the table. The New York gallery’s space is largely devoted to Art Cash (1971) created by members of Experiments in Art and Technology, a non-profit organization founded Read More

armory week 2013

Lisson Gallery Had a Champagne Misfire Last Night

The aftermath. (Courtesy Sarah Douglas)

On the VIP preview day, just about every booth at just about every major art fair features a bottle of champagne for potential buyers. It’s there to celebrate purchases, and the show itself. It’s anytime champagne, free and fun. Last night at the Armory Show, though, the London-based Lisson Gallery had a little mishap with theirs. Read More

armory week 2013

They Came, They Showed, They Sold: Dealers Tell Us About Some Artworks They Parted With at the Armory VIP Preview

Tony Tasset's snowman sculpture at Kavi Gupta's booth at The Armory Show.

To a greater than usual degree, The Armory Show depends on the weather gods. Previous editions have been all but submerged in March snowstorms, causing taxi traffic jams and lines of disgruntled, frigid collectors. Tony Tasset, a very clever artist, is well aware of this, which is why he asked his Chicago dealer, Kavi Gupta, Read More