Opening March 7, The Armory Show--devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries–brings a astounding selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week, with ten other art fairs, including SCOPE and Fountain also taking place that week.
This year marks the centennial of the fair’s namesake, the Armory Show of 1913, which is credited with the introduction of European Modernism to the United States. The fair’s diverse programming will bring this rich cultural heritage to light, shining a lens on the development and trajectory of the avant-garde in America.
The Armory Show is divided into two main sections The Armory Show – Contemporary, housed on Pier 94, which welcomes returning exhibitors and excellent roster of new exhibitors. Galleries representing younger artists and developing markets will also have a distinct presence at the fair. The Armory Show – Modern on Pier 92, is dedicated to international dealers specializing in historically significant 20th century works.
This year brings the second edition of Solo Projects, a section of the fair dedicated to single artist presentations; Armory Film, which will feature a curated selection of contemporary artist film and video work; and Open Forum, a lively series of panels and roundtable discussions.
Programming includes site curated projects dispersed throughout the fair. Eric Shiner, curator of Armory Focus: USA and Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh has commissioned a tower of Brillo boxes by artist Charles Lutz, Babel (Brillo Stockholm Type), 2013; Dave Cole’s Flags of the World, 2008, will be draped from the ceiling of the piers; The Andy Warhol Museum will host Factory Film Portraits, a screen-test room that allows visitors to experience Andy Warhol’s famous methods of portraiture for themselves; a series of photographs entitled Age-Specific , 2008-2012, by artist Dennis Marsico; and an installation by Devon Dikeou, Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride, 2013. Special Projects also include Day’s End, 2013, a site-specific light bulb sculpture by Peter Liversidge that references an eponymous work by Gordon Matta-Clarke on pier 52 from 1974-75; and Marcel Duchamp & Ulf Linde – Posterity Will Have a Word to Say, a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, curated by Jan Åman.
In its fifteen years, The Armory Show has become an international institution, and every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination. The concept of a week of arts-related events grew organically, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009. In celebration of the city’s unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week highlights a neighborhood or borough’s arts scene each night with events.
Can’t get to NY? You can check out over 2,500 artworks showing at The Armory here.