#TBT: Here's What You Missed at The Armory Show This Year
The winter weather lows and inches of snow didn’t stop spectators and art supporters from viewing 198 galleries at the 25th anniversary of The Armory Show. The interest of the art world peaked as Pier 90, 92, and 94 were full of diverse crowds unlike years prior. Champagne was in the hands of everyone—from millennial creatives to prestigious art buyers—circling artists’ work in awe of sculptures, painting techniques, and large scale installations. Notably, Pascale Marthine Tayou’s “Plastic Bags” took center stage at Pier 92. Galleries from over 33 countries flaunted their esteemed artists’ work with an afflux of pieces from both minorities and women. Pakistani-born Abdullah M.I Syed showcased works presented by the Aicon Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art by emerging Pakistani and Indian artists. As anticipated, LA’s Roberts Projects and Londons’ Stephen Friedman Gallery were full of Instagram-able moments in the form of paintings by celebrated artist Kehinde Wiley. Charlie James Gallery presented a showstopping glitter glam booth with solo works by artist Sadie Barnette that highlighted the Black Panther Party, the black family, gentrification, and racial identity. Other women artists who created bodacious fan girl moments included Surrealist delight Becky Kolsrud, Guggenheim exhibited Shilpa Gupta, contemporary feminist painter Ndidi Emefiele, and sculpture artist Katharina Fritsch.
The Armory Show and its gallerists pushed norms this year by representing and showcasing the works of an abundance of talented minority and women artists. Check the slideshow above to get a taste of what you missed at The Armory Show 2019.
Images courtesy of Yasmina Safi and Charlie James Gallery
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