The Armory Show is America’s leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its eleven years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week.
Will the success of last week’s record-breaking sale of Yves Saint Laurent’s possessions bring a ray of hope to this weekend’s Armory Art show? Director Katelijne De Backer called the recent events “a very good boost,” in a Bloomberg article.
Two hundred forty three international galleries are gearing up for the 11th edition of the newly expanded Armory Show, and their exhibits will range from contemporary works exclusively made for the fair to museum-quality historical presentations. A new series of Special Projects will also punctuate the public areas.
Many galleries are devoting their stands to single artist installations. In the contemporary section on Pier 94, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is presenting The Volksboutique Armory Apothecary, where visitors will have the opportunity to describe their maladies to artist Christine Hill, who will prescribe remedies for a small fee. Galerie Laurent Godin will debut Plane Landing in Paris, a new series by Aleksandra Mir, featuring photographs of a helium balloon in the shape and size of a passenger jet plane “landing” in various historic landmarks in Paris. Other notable solo exhibitions include Dasha Shishkin at Zach Feuer, Sarah Braman at Museum 52, James White at Max Wigram, Maria Finn at The Apartment, John Neff at Western Exhibitions, Gyan Panchal at Galerie Frank Elbaz, Matthias Weischer at EIGEN + ART, Hans Josephsohn at Hauser & Wirth and Anton Henning at Galerie Bob Van Orsouw and Stephen Antonakos at Kalfayan Gallery.