Celebrating its centennial edition this year, The Armory Show in New York remains as one of America’s leading contemporary art fairs.
Celebrating its centennial edition this year, The Armory Show in New York remains one of America’s leading contemporary art fairs.
The show first began in 1913 as the first large exhibition of modern art in America. The show caused quite a scandal and was seen as radical and avant-garde for displaying works including Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase.
Duchamp’s visionary work was of huge influence at this year’s show, held from March 7 – 10. At Piers 92 and 94, many galleries and artists paid homage to the show’s beginnings as well as the French artist.
Artists also referenced pop-art pioneer Andy Warhol. Charles Lutz created faux Brillo cardboard boxes that were handed out to visitors, each day, while Gagosian Gallery presented a large-scale Warhol booth, comprising the artist’s camouflage paintings.
The show’s standout installation came courtesy of artists Bjarne Melgaard and Sverre Bjertnes, who paid tribute to iconic gallerist Mary Boone through a series of three-dimensional paintings and drawings.
Personal highlights included Ryan Foerster’s abstracted, portrait photographs that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Frank Ammerlaan’s colorful canvases, Alighiero Boetti’s embroidered texts and Claudia Wieser’s sculptures. – Rita Nakouzi