The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, November 24, 2014


Strong sales and a celebratory mood mark centennial edition of New York's largest art fair
A woman looks at a fully functional urinal by artist Andrew Ohanesian titled "Urinal" during the press preview at the 2013 Armory Show, one of the world's top art events featuring the most influential artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, at Pier 92 and 94 in New York March 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Armory Show, New York’s leading fair for contemporary and modern art, closed its centennial-themed edition on Sunday, March 10th. The fair, which is now in its 15th year, was inaugurated on Wednesday at a press conference introduced by Mayor Bloomberg and welcomed more than 60,000 visitors during its five day run. Over 210 carefully selected galleries from more than 30 countries, including leading international dealers such as David Zwirner, Gagosian Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, exhibited alongside emerging newcomers. Many galleries remarked on strong sales, and attendance from key collectors and institutions from the United States and beyond.

Commenting on New York’s importance as a major hub for the international art market, and The Armory Show’s lead role in the city’s cultural calendar, Mayor Bloomberg noted, “New York City is the center of the modern art world, and the arts have never been stronger or more vibrant here. Every year, this week is one of the most exciting, and most important, on the cultural calendar. Thousands of artists, collectors, curators, and art lovers flock to New York City to take advantage of this week’s happenings, and that’s good news for the city’s tourism industry and our economy.”

Noah Horowitz, Executive Director of The Armory Show, added, “The 2013 edition of the fair was our strongest in years with a fluid layout that complemented well-considered presentations and remarkable works of art. Local, national, and international collectors were out in force emphasizing the strength of the art market with New York as its center. Additionally, we are proud to have celebrated the centennial of our namesake, The Armory Show of 1913, through programming and special projects commemorating the legacy of the avant-garde in the United States.”

Deborah Harris, Managing Director, The Armory Show - Modern commented, “This year's edition was further refined with an improved floor plan on Pier 92. Galleries placed important work with new and established collectors, with continued interest in American, German and Italian works from the 60's, 70's and even 80's. What we have seen throughout the duration of the show are clear signs that the market remains buoyant for fresh works of high quality.”

Exhibitors reported consistently strong sales, further asserting New York’s position at the core of the international art market. Once again the fair pulled in major US and internationally-based museum groups including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Miami Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art/LACMA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; American and International Patrons of the Pinakothek, Munich; Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Sean Kelly of New York said, “We are really happy and have done very well, as we always do at the Armory. This fair is very much alive, I’ve spoken to a lot of people and they are very impressed with what has happened. The Armory is set on a great course for next year.”

Glenn Scott Wright, Director of Victoria Miro Gallery, London, said “Again, The Armory has been a great experience for us with strong sales across all of our artists. The fair gave us the chance to re-connect with our clients and make new contacts with private collectors and institutions alike.”

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, co-owners of Sprüth Magers Berlin London added, “Just like last year, we've had a really great experience at the fair. It has been an extremely busy couple of days and we have sold works by George Condo, Cyprien Gaillard, Barbara Kruger, Sterling Ruby, Alexandre Singh and Rosemarie Trockel. The US is an important market for the gallery and the fair provides the perfect opportunity for us to meet new collectors from the region.”

Ales Ortuzar, Director at David Zwirner, commenting on Diana Thater’s solo presentation, said, "Diana Thater had a great time at the fair, her first one. With her solo presentation, she felt welcome by the fair organizers and got to spend significant time with collectors, curators, and the press. Front and center."

Los Angeles-based Michael Kohn commented, “The Armory Show this year has been more successful than ever – asides from the sales, which have been strong, it’s also about promoting our artists to a wider audience and gaining critical credibility. All of that is happening here.”

David Fitzgerald of Kerlin Gallery, Dublin added, “Sales were consistent on every day of the fair, which is a real strength to the Armory. The quality of the fair has improved, it’s strong throughout and we are delighted to be here.”

Nieck de Brujn of Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam said, “We sold out our booth of young Dutch painter Frank Ammerlaan within the first hour of the VIP opening day. This was an incredible fair for us and under the new management there is a palpable change and we feel like welcome guests in this great city. We look forward to returning again in 2014.”

Barrak Alzaid, director of Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai said "The Armory has offered us a platform to showcase some of the leading artists coming out of the region. We developed our concept in collaboration with our artists to create dynamic platform that responds to the spirit of the fair. In 1938 Marcel Duchamp presented works in total darkness at an exhibition of Surrealists, and twenty five years earlier jumpstarted a new wave of American art. At the centennial edition of the fair we are proud to have presented a booth concept in the spirit of this innovative sensibility."

Jessica Silverman, director of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, represented in the Focus Section, said “We had a great Armory fair and are pleased that New York collectors had no trouble identifying the intelligence of the work of Desiree Holman. We placed works with new and previously supportive collectors including a major corporate collection. A commissioned work has also been confirmed for a prominent New York collector.”

Joerg Paal, director of Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, says “We were really pleased with the increased number of collectors, the demand for works under $100,000 bear witness to the presence of a young collector base.”

Kate Stevens of HackelBury Fine Art, London says “We've been absolutely delighted with the fair this year, which has been a great success for us from the opening night onwards. We featured several unique pieces from Doug & Mike Starn, seen for the first time here. Four of those have sold to date, including a monumental 12ft x 8ft piece, and we now have a waiting list for the next available works.”

New York based Hollis Taggart, President of Hollis Taggart Galleries says, “This year's Armory Show has been a tremendous success, right from the opening bell. We have experienced unprecedented attendance, active sales, and great interest in all of the works displayed in the booth. We would give this year's show an A+ for quality, organization, and success across a wide spectrum of art works from historical to contemporary.”

This year the fair celebrated the centennial of its namesake, the original Armory Show of 1913, widely credited with introducing the European avant-garde to the United States. Armory Focus: USA, the fair’s specially curated section which this year shifted its gaze inwards to the USA, paid homage to the shocking and revolutionary impact of the 1913 exhibition. Curated by Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, it showcased an exciting selection of 17 established and emerging galleries, providing surprising insight and commentary on contemporary practice in America.

Liz Magic Laser was The Armory Commissioned Artist of the 2013 edition. Known for her participatory and performative works, Laser turned interactive market research strategy into a work of art, staging a series of focus groups composed of collectors, curators, art professionals and journalists, to determine the production of two limited edition artworks and paraphernalia associated with her Armory Show Commission. The proceeds of the limited edition artworks will benefit the Museum of Modern Art and the Pat Hearn & Colin de Land Cancer Foundation. As part of the project, Laser exhibited a solo-presentation in the booth of Armory Focus: USA exhibitor Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, highlighting her strategic take on the artist commission.

The fair’s Open Forum, curated by Anne Barlow, Executive Director of Art in General, featured a series of talks inspired by, and expanding upon Armory Focus: USA, highlighting artistic practices across America, and the history and legacy of the ground-breaking original Armory Show of 1913.

Of the 2013 talks, Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Sweden’s Moderna Museet said, “it was a pleasure to take part in this rich program of talks. Our discussion, Posterity will have a word to say, was a fascinating debate on the context of today’s rapidly evolving art market. Marcel Duchamp’s break from the politics of exchange and transaction is more relevant than ever. To pursue questions of what the avant-garde looks like now versus what it meant to participate in the forefront of culture 100 years ago alongside fellow-panelists Carlos Basualdo, Paul Chan, Molly Nesbit and moderator Jan Åman was a privilege. To do so within the space of an actual art fair reflects The Armory Show’s careful willingness to reckon with what it means to serve as a commercial platform for the arts."

The Armory Show’s online partner, Artsy, gave collectors and art-lovers alike a preview of over 2,700 works on show at the fair. With over 90,000 unique visitors to the site from over 160 countries around the world, the site confirmed the quality of this year’s fair prior to opening, as well as creating the possibility of new contacts and connections for Armory exhibitors.

A new partnership was launched this year with the Hudson River Park, a 550-acre riverside park and estuarine sanctuary located on the West Side of Manhattan between Battery Park and West 59th Street. Response to The Armory Show’s off-site public sculpture, I NEED TO START SEEING A THERAPIST, 2013, by Cary Leibowitz (Candyass) was strong, including the following comment by Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic of New York Magazine: “The PERFECT sculpture to greet all those giant cruise ships coming into New York. Think of it as our HOLLYWOOD sign. Could make it permanent. Way to go Cary Leibowitz…”

The fair’s ever-popular VIP program was this year extended to a new group of prominent collectors, having joined the newly-formed Centennial Committee. The 2013 VIP program showed the strength of The Armory Show’s connection to its host city, giving access to New York’s finest cultural assets from museum programming to vital philanthropic work and private collections, furthering the connections and reach of participating dealers and visiting collectors alike. Collector and Centennial Committee member Michael Hort, added, “It was an excellent fair, the quality of galleries was just what we like to collect. We appreciated the more spacious layout and the VIP hour, which allowed you to have conversations. What more can I say, it was a great fair!”

The Armoy Show 2014 will take place March 6 - 9, with a preview for invited guests taking place on Wednesday, March 5.






Today's News

March 13, 2013

First retrospective of works by painter George Bellows opens at the Royal Academy of Arts

First monographic exhibition on one of the most exquisite painters in 17th-century Europe opens at the Prado

SHUIMO/Water Ink, a selling exhibition of Chinese Contemporary ink paintings at Sotheby's

Christie's New York to offer one of the most celebrated American book collections

Finest known Beatles-signed album in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment & Music event

China dissident artist Ai Weiwei to take on a new medium by releasing a hard rock album

Serbian police find Rembrandt stolen in 2006, painting already been stolen 10 years earlier

Experienced museum Director Mark Tullos, Jr, named to direct Louisiana State Museum system

With its focus on exploring the art scenes of the East, Art Paris invites Russia as guest of honour

Strong sales and a celebratory mood mark centennial edition of New York's largest art fair

Bonhams to sell Georgian cello by maker favoured by HRH The Prince of Wales

From Facebook to SoMa: Tech/startup artist to open interactive gallery in San Francisco

Wovensouls' Apr. 6 debut auction features collection of Asian antique textiles, art acquired during travels

Thomas Michael Alleman: Sunshine & Noir opens at Robin Rice Gallery

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs win Foam Paul Huf Award 2013

Bordeaux and rare California classics highlight March Fine Wines Sale at Bonhams

Britain takes the spotlight in new Vanderbilt exhibition

The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts opens exhibition of Japanese handmade paper

The New York Public Library presents "100 Years of Flamenco in NYC" exhibition

Calligraphy meets graffiti in major public art commission for Qatar

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site