The Armory Show in New York: Highlights

The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.

The 17th edition of the international art fair The Armory Show is held in early March on the far west side of Manhattan on Piers 92 (featuring Armory modern galleries) and 94 (where cutting edge contemporary art is shown.) The fair has come a long way from its roots as an upstart in the depths of the economic recession in the mid-1990s, when it was called the Gramercy Park International Art Fair, held across various hotel rooms that dealers rented out in the Gramercy Park Hotel."The Armory Show in New York"

“The Armory Show continues to build upon its history and presents an important moment in New York. Through the smart and focused program, galleries benefit from the international base of collectors and institutions present at the fair. We have seen strong and early sales with each edition of The Armory and are pleased that this year provided an opportunity for Lisson Gallery to highlight our artists recently featured at important New York museums, such as Wael Shawky, who is showing at MoMA PS1 and Dan Graham, whose work was just exhibited on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Jeannie Freilich, Director, Lisson Gallery, (London, New York, Milan)"The Armory Show in New York"

“Amongst other works, we have sold a large new Georg Baselitz painting for $550,000 and four minimalist works by Liza Lou ($195,000 each). The fair was very successful for us and we have the impression that New Yorkers love this fair. The audience of the Armory Show is particularly sophisticated and for us the US is still one of the most important and most vibrant markets.” Arne Ehmann, Executive Director of Salzburg gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg)


“This year’s Armory Show was yet again a great success with strong sales for artists such as Shimon Attie, Nick Cave, Toyin Odutola, Hayv Kahraman, Hank Willis Thomas, and 2015 Venice Biennale artists Kay Hassan and Kerry James Marshall. What was special for us this year is that we were able to draw connections to other parts of the fair, such as the MENAM focus through our presentation of Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman, and to Artsy’s Armory booth, which this year collaborated with Hank Willis Thomas to present an interactive installation.” Jack Shainman, Director, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)

Written by: Madison Charlotte


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