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5 Gallery Booths That Dominated Armory

Since the wee hours of 2K17, we’ve been subsisting on a mixed diet of political woes and new-age activism. The missing link? Art. As an industry that’s able to change perspectives by visually shifting societal norms, and, perhaps most importantly, bridging the gap between groups over evoking conversation, it’s now more necessary than ever. 

Enter The Armory Show: held on Pier 92 and Pier 94, the four-day event shut down New York last weekend, with over 200 galleries from 30 different countries, displaying works from accomplished contemporary and modern artists. FOMO reached an ultimate high when tickets sold out for the weekend extravaganza, and the closest thing New Yorkers could get to this buzz-worthy show with its captivating artwork, cocktails, and energetic crowd was viewing the hashtag  #TheArmoryShow on social media. If you missed it too, we have a little cure for your personal FOMO: take a look below at our top five gallery booths that embodied the progression of art by intertwining technology and innovative techniques.  

Artsy: A Collaboration With The Armory Show, Microsoft, & Studio Drift Artsy has participated in The Armory Show for the last five years, bringing unique experiences to art lovers, collectors, and buyers alike. This year, Artsy contributed to the taste-making of what’s been labeled the next big medium for interactive art, teaming up with Microsoft to create the world’s first self-contained holographic computer: the Microsoft HoloLens. Tying together art and technology, the Amsterdam-based partners Studio Drift revealed their passion for innovation and premiered the first artwork, titled “Concrete Storm”, at this year’s Armory show. Needless to say, the line for “Concrete Storm” was continuous throughout the duration of the show as guests experienced the combination of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality of the collapsing concrete pillars.  

Pace Gallery: With Works by Studio DriftThe star of the show (and most mind-blowing art piece, ever) was the floating concrete cube titled “Drifter”. Created by Dutch duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, the 16 x 8 x 8 feet cub of concrete defied gravity over hundreds of art lovers at the Pace Gallery. The artists elaborated on their thought-provoking process and vision behind their installation to the exhibiting gallery, stating that “Drifter creates a sense of disbelief and displacement, creating tension between humanity versus nature, and chaos versus order. Disconnected from our expectations, it floats between the possible and impossible.” Viewing Drifter took us down a trippy rabbit hole where industrial concrete met cotton candy-esque clouds. 

Jeffrey DeitchReturning to The Armory Show after several years of absence, the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery hit the ground running with flare and femininity. The booth captured the audience with its iridescent plastic curtains, bright pink walls, and contrasting vintage mustard yellow chairs. Deitch’s inspiration stemmed from the shabby chic atmosphere of the Stettheimers studio, incorporating salon-style hanging of paintings by various artists, including Florine Stetheimer, Cecily Brown, Philip Taaffe, Lisa Yuskavage, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Joe Brainard, Thomas Trosch, Rob Wynne, Aurel Schmidt, Walter Robinson, Joe Coleman, Laura Owens, Tschabalala Self, John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Elizabeth Peyton, Pavel Tchelitchew, and more.

Victoria MiroWalking through Armory had us feeling like Alice entering her Wonderlandof green astroturf and dreamlike large-scale polka dot bulbs, that is. The culprit? None other than Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. And although her installation stole the spotlight for much of the weekend, the rest of the works in the Victoria Miro booth matched the ethereal vibe with equal excellence, showcasing mesmerizing works by Heran Bas, Alice Neel, and Peter Doig (and let’s not forget Maria Nepomuceno’s psychedelic-inspired hammock).

Wetterling GalleryEntering Pier 94, we saw large crowds swarming to Stockholm’s contemporary Wetterling Gallery, where works by U.S.-based artists (and twins) Mark and Doug Starn were displayed. The pair immersed themselves in a pool of mediums and techniques for their artwork, including varied usage of photography, printmaking, sculpture, and architectural installation. With vinyls spinning, this retro-style booth mostly showcased works that were reminiscent of album art, reminding us all of the heavy influence that pop culture still has over the art world.

Images via Cool Hunting, Pace Gallery, NY Times, ARTnews, Wetterling Gallery

Stay tuned to Milk for more NYC art happenings. 

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