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The Armory Show Now Open! 0

Elīna Zuzāne
08/03/2012 

Photo: Arterritory.com

From March 8th through the 11th, New York City is once again hosting the get-together of the biggest names in the global art market – the modern and contemporary art fair known as The Armory Show.

The Armory Show debuted in 1994 and is now one of the dominant players on the list of the world's most significant art fairs. One of The Armory Show's unique features is how seriously it views the most notable examples of modern and contemporary art, which is exemplified by the fair's utilization of two thematically different pavilions – Pier 92 and Pier 94.

Pier 92, which contains representatives from dealers that concern themselves with mostly modern art, is featuring such prestigious, world-renown galleries as Die Galerie (Frankfurt), James Goodman Gallery (New York), Marlborough Gallery (New York), and Pace Prints (New York), as well as the Wetterling gallery from Stockholm.

Pier 94, on the other hand, is concentrating on works by the newest and most topical contemporary artists. Along with the best-known New York galleries, this year's visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Helsinki gallery Forsblom, as well as the Stockholm gallery Andrehn Schiptjenko, which is largely focusing on exhibiting works by Swedish artists: Martin Jacobson's collages and watercolors; Lena Johansson's paintings; Matts Leiderstam's photographs; and Julie Roberts' interpretations of children's storybooks. The Russian region is represented by the Regina Gallery (Moscow, London), which is featuring the following artists: Evgeny Antufiev, Egor Koshelev, Jonathan Meese, Pavel Pepperstein and Rose Wylie.

 

The presentation by the Armory Focus group, which highlights the Nordic region this year, is highly anticipated. Nineteen of the best galleries from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland will be led by Jacob Fabricius, director of Malmö Konsthall, in presenting the most promising contemporary artists from the Nordic region. One of the favorites is sure to be Iceland's i8 gallery, which will feature the much-lauded latest works by the artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Ólafur Elíasson and Birgir Andrésson.

 

Although the total number of galleries participating this year tops out at a grand 220, it's a welcome decrease from last year's 274. Several days are needed to check out The Armory Show in full, and during the week of the fair there are also numerous satellite-art fairs and other creative projects going on in the surrounding area.

 

For the second year now, fans of video works will be specially welcome at the video-art fair titled “The Moving Image”. This year, the Estonian gallery Temnikova & Kasela is presenting video projects by the artist Jaan Toomik, while followers of Russian contemporary art will be pleased to see the latest offering by the AES+F group, presented by the Anna Schwartz gallery (Melbourne).

The Vilnius gallery Vartai has promised to appear at the alternative contemporary art fair Volta NY, where the Lithuanian gallery will mainly feature drawings by Mindaugas Lukošaitis.

So, even though The Armory Show super-art fair will be taking center stage this week, art lovers should also be ready to take in some serious cultural entertainment from the numerous and multi-faceted art happenings going on alongside the main event. Be forewarned, however, that even with careful planning and organization, you probably won't manage to take in everything.


Opening. Press Conference


Opening. Press Conference


Solo Show. Teapot: Christian Eisenberger (Cologne)


Marlborough Chelsea (New York)


Gallery Hyundai (Seoul)


Andrehn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm)


Victoria Miro (London)


Lisson Gallery (London)


Lisson Gallery (London)


David Zwirner (New York)


i8 (Reykjavik) Regnar Kjartansson “Scandinavian Pain” purchased by Moderna Museet (Stockholm)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; “Free Stuff “ objects designed by artists for visitors to take home


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; Fruit & Flower Deli (Stockholm)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; Gallery D.O.R. (Oslo, Brussels)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; Gallery Niklas Belenius (Stockholm)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries


Galerie Bob van Orsouw (Zurich)


Georg Kargl Fine Arts (Vienna)


Galleria Continua (Le Moulin, Beijing, San Gimignano)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; i8 (Reykjavik)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; i8 (Reykjavik)


The Armory Show VIP Preview


Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich)


Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich)


Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery (New York, Seoul)


Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York)


Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York)


Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)


Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)


Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles)


Dirimart (Istanbul)


Ratio 3 (San Francisco)


moniquemeloche (Chicago)


Galerie Crone (Berlin)


Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris)


Lisson Gallery (London)


The Armory Show entrance/registration desks


Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York)


Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York)


Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York)


Luciana Brito Galeria (Sao Paulo)


A Symphonic Poem about the Financial Situation in Iceland by Örn Alexander Ámundason


Performance "Dead End" by Camila Cañeque

 


Regina Gallery (Moscow, London)


JGM. Galerie (Paris)


Pierogi (Brooklyn)


Haines Gallery (San Francisco)


Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago)


Peter Blum Gallery (New York)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; i8 (Reykjavik)


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries


Armory Focus: Nordic Countries; David Risley Gallery (Copenhagen)


Victoria Miro (London)


The Armory Show

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