Weekend Recap: The Armory Show
Every year, The Armory Show attracts high end art collectors, dealers, curators, and lovers to the show’s display of extraordinary gallery booths featuring the crème de la crème of modern and contemporary artists. This four-day long art fair coined the term Armory Arts Week, which feature an array of art fairs and industry parties including the annual Armory Party at MoMA. Think NYFW of the art world: People dressed to impress with a dash of flare, red or white wine in hand, discussing the latest works of art with artists moving through their respective crowds.
As we strolled through The Armory Show, the works varied: from Pace-Gallery-represented Tara Donovan’s installation “Untitled” created of plastic cylinders to Kehinde Wiley’s first portrait “Margaret, Countess of Blessington” after his portrait of former President Barack Obama. There was an ongoing digital theme by many artists including Wang Xin, Tony Oursler, and Park Hyun-ki’s korean minimal video art that lies in between boulders surrounded by Park’s photographs holding outdated televisions. Crowds swarmed around “Pink Forest” by Patrick Jacobs at Pierogi’s booth to capture the perfect Instagram of the luminous rose colored trees. Nudity is always expected in regards to art, but this year women were drawing the narrative; photographers Deana Lawson, Tabita Rezaire, and Lina Iris Viktor highlighted the beauty of black women as their primary exhibition focus and attendees were in awe of the regal statements (us included). With hundreds of pieces on display from all over the world, The Armory Show is an opportunity for art fiends to get their fix without traveling outside of New York.
If you missed it this year, don’t fret; just check the photos above to get the rundown of what you missed at The Armory Show 2018.
Images courtesy of Pace Gallery, Rebecca Smeyne, and Maximilíano Durón
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