Another edition of Armory Week just wrapped up in New York, and in case you happen to be based somewhere outside of New York, or you were out of town, here’s Art Markit’s recap of what you missed out on.
THE ARMORY SHOW served as the anchor for the approximately 10 art fairs ofArmory Week, holding ground at Pier 92 and Pier 94. Over 65,000 individuals visited the fair — which focused on China this year, selecting, Xu Zhen for its commissioned artist — during its five-day run to see art from more than 200 galleries from 29 countries.
The Art Dealers Association of America (aka ADAA) kicked off Armory Week March 4 with its annual Art Show, which took place at the Park Avenue Armory, featuring a selection of Alice Neel works at Robert Miller Gallery’s booth, a rack of tiny clothes byCharles LeDray at Sperone Westwater, and an interactive portrait experience by Ann Hamilton at Carl Solway Gallery.
Spring/Break also opened that night at Old School in Nolita, taking more of a curatorial approach at a former schoolhouse, with a performance piece that incorporated a lie detector by Scott Avery — the artist better known as Amani Olu, a room of art curated by Ben Suttonwhose centerpiece was a sculpture of maggots devouring a woman by Sigrid Sarada and aBeyoncé video piece by Ramon Silva curated by Larry Ossal-Mensah. The art establishment turned into fodder for the artists, with one piece by Chris Bors poking fun at critic Jerry Saltz, and an installation by Grace Villamil that displayed photos of our favorite curators on cans.
The Independent marked five years at the building that housed the former exhibition space for the Dia Art Foundation. One of our favorite pieces at the fair was Ramiken Crucible’s Andra Ursuta’s aspic sculpture. Other highlights included Artists Space’s portfolio that included a mixed bag of editions by Lawrence Weiner, Cory Archangel and Louise Lawler.
After a day or evening at the fairs, what’s next? Why the parties, of course! Tuesday night saw a stream of partygoers making stops at the ADAA Gala Preview and the Whitney Biennial opening bash. As usual, the main soirée of Wednesday night was the annual Armory Party held at MoMA, which this year featured a performance by Blood Orange, which in case you didn’t know, is a band that plays awesome tunes that sound like an ode to ‘80s R&B/soul that we just couldn’t stop dancing to. Thursday night we mingled with the likes of writer Glenn O’Brien, artist Erik Parker and Vincent Fremont at Indochine, where Paul Kasmin Galleryheld a dinner to celebrate three exhibitions. Friday evening we stopped by NADA’s cocktail atNeuehouse, while across town in Chelsea. Sean Kelly presented a performance by MeLo-Xwhich included guests like artist Kehinde Wiley in the audience.
Whitney Biennial opened during Armory Week. The museum held its last biennial to ever take place in the Marcel Breuer building with not one, but two celebratory openings. Bjarne Melgaard had what by far was the wackiest installation, that puts viewers in the middle of an psychedelic orgy filled with images that are not suitable for children. Sterling Ruby presented giant ashtray sculptures, while Ken Lum showed a piece influenced by signs in Asian-American strip malls. Other notable exhibitions that opened last week were Carrie Yamaoka’s exhibition of abstract works made from mylar at PK Shop, Nate Hitchcock curated a show called “Material Images” at Johannes Vogt and the Bruce High Quality Foundation opened “The Last Brucennial”, which features a line-up of all-women artists who include Laurie Anderson, Tracey Emin and Amelia Hall.
Until next year, folks!