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With new exhibitors, ambitious presentations and a redesigned floor plan, The Armory Show opens
Installation view. Photo: Teddy Wolff. Courtesy of The Armory Show.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Armory Show will feature 210 leading international galleries, showcasing significant historical and contemporary artworks in Midtown Manhattan.

The exhibiting galleries compose the fair’s strongest list in years, with a premier selection of new exhibitors and two curated sections. A more spacious floor plan, designed by architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox, features wider aisles, larger booths and expanded public lounges. In an outstanding display of quality and curatorial precision, over 70 galleries will present solo-artist and dual-artist projects.

The fair’s redesigned floor plan hosts five distinct exhibitor sections, which integrate modern and contemporary artworks across both piers. The Presents section, devoted to young galleries, has increased from 22 exhibitors in 2016 to 31 in 2017. New for 2017, a $10,000 prize, supported by Athena Art Finance, will be awarded to a selected Presents exhibitor, chosen by a jury of prominent collectors and curators: Renee Drake, collector, the Netherlands; Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum, New York; Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, Long Island City; Alain Servais, collector, Brussels and Carole Server, collector, New York. The fair hosts two new curated sections: Focus, curated by Jarrett Gregory, features 12 artists whose work grapples with urgent social and political topics; and Platform, curated by Eric Shiner, stages large-scale artworks throughout the venue, activating the fair’s industrial setting.

“The Armory Show team has spent the last year listening to our gallery clients and visitors, and in response, we have made many radical changes and improvements to the show. These are reflected in greatly expanded VIP and visitor services as well as, I am proud to say, the strongest exhibitor list in several years,” says Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director of The Armory Show. “Two new curated sections and an updated floor plan with more spacious aisles and larger booths will make for a better, more enjoyable show. Quality of art and experience defines The Armory Show 2017 and remains our goal.”

Staged in the center of the international art world, The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a destination for the world’s leading collectors, museum directors and curators. The fair’s diverse selection of galleries spans five continents and represents 30 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The exhibitor list reflects 71 new exhibitors for the 2017 edition, including: Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana), Jeffrey Deitch (New York), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles), Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Lévy Gorvy (New York, London, Geneva), Fergus McCaffrey (New York), kamel mennour (Paris), MIER GALLERY (Los Angeles), Moran Bondaroff (Los Angeles), Pace Gallery (New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Palo Alto), Plan B (Cluj, Berlin), PROYECTOSMONCLOVA (Mexico City), Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London), Sultana (Paris), Various Small Fires (Los Angeles), Waldburger Wouters (Brussels), Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), and White Cube (London, Hong Kong).

Seven new galleries from Asia include: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong), Arario Gallery (Seoul, Cheonan, Shanghai), GALLERY HYUNDAI (Seoul), Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo), Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo, Singapore), Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok) and Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou).

New exhibitors are joined by an extensive list of 2016 participants, returning for 2017: Blain|Southern (London, Berlin), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, Aspen), James Cohan (New York), DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM (Berlin), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), Gaudel de Stampa (Paris), Instituto de Visión (Bogota), Kadel Willborn (Dusseldorf), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Sean Kelly (New York), König Galerie (Berlin), Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York), Galerie Lelong (New York, Paris), Lisson Gallery (London, Milan, New York), Marlborough Contemporary (New York), Victoria Miro (London), mor charpentier (Paris), OMR (Mexico City), Praz-Delavallade (Paris, Los Angeles), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Galeria Nara Roesler (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Pantin, Salzburg), Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Beverly Hills), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, Kinderhook), Sies + Höke (Dusseldorf), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles), Galeria Luisa Strina (Sao Paulo), Timothy Taylor (London, New York), Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris, Brussels) and Vilma Gold (London).

The main section of the fair, Galleries, features outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks in a range of media, from painting and photography to sculpture, video and installation. Solo-artist presentations and strong artistic pairings include: a new project by Studio Drift exploring the boundaries of technology and nature at Pace Gallery; at Jeffrey Deitch, a recreation of Deitch’s legendary “Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon,” first presented at the 1995 Gramercy International Art Fair; early and rare works by James Turrell, including examples from his “Autonomous Structures” series made between 1989–2010 paired with works by Mary Corse at Kayne Griffin Corcoran; illuminated installations and geometric canvases by François Morellet at kammel mennour; Rico Gatson at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts; at Wetterling Gallery, new works by Doug + Mike Starn in what will be the artists’ first solo presentation in New York since their 2010 Big Bambú exhibition on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at Mizuma, a never-before-seen 57 foot painting by the Japanese artist Makoto Aida; large-format charcoal drawings and sculptures by Rinus van de Velde at König Galerie; Richard Nonas’ steel and wood floor sculptures from the 1970s in dialogue with paintings by Marcia Hafif from the 1960s at Fergus McCaffrey; a series of performances by Sadaharu Horio, the youngest member of the Gutai group, at Axel Vervoordt Gallery; at Kohn Gallery, Larry Bell’s iconic cube sculptures interplay with new pigment paintings by Lita Albuquerque; and a new body of sculptures by Kathy Butterly, presented jointly by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Dedicated exclusively to artworks made before the year 2000, Insights emphasizes solo-artist, dual-artist and thematic presentations, ranging from modern and post-war masterworks to artistic rediscoveries.

Highlights include: paintings by Jacob Lawrence, a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, at Jonathan Boos; at Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, late paintings and drawings by Willi Baumeister from the artist’s estate; a selection of works by Roberto Sebastian Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark and Pablo Echaurren at Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M., which were first exhibited at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice in conjunction with the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013; prints and works on paper by David Hockney made between 1961 and 1980 at Lyndsey Ingram; a study of the significance of dreams in the works of René Magritte, Alexander Calder and Salvador Dalí at Mayoral; paintings, collages and assemblages, culled from a single private collection, by the late painter and mixed-media artist Jess at Hackett | Mill; works by Yayoi Kusama, Atsuko Tanaka and Yuko Nasaka at Whitestone Gallery; an exploration of Joaquin Torres-Garcia’s influence on Juan Hernandez-Pijuan at Galeria Marc Domenech; Fausto Melotti and Dennis Oppenheim in dialogue at Montrasio Arte / Km0; works from the 1960s through the 1980s by Hans Hartung at Setareh Gallery; a presentation on women and performance from the 1970s at Richard Saltoun, with important works by Marina Abramovic, Helena Almeida, Ida Applebroog, Valie Export, Gina Pane, Carolee Schneemann and Jo Spence among others.

Presents is a platform for galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recently made work through solo-artist and dual-artist presentations. Highlights include: sculptures by Ana Roldán paired with a recent paintings by Sebastián Fierro at Instituto de Visión; works by Cuban artist Diana Fonseca Quińones at El Apartamento; glass sculptures by Jessica Warboys paired with figurative paintings by Jill Mulleady at Gaudel de Stampa; ceramics by Bettina Samson and sculptures by Jacin Giordano evoke pre-Columbian and primitive art forms at Sultana; Marinella Senatore, presented by Laveronica arte contemporanea, in anticipation of her solo exhibition at the Queens Museum opening April 2017; a site-specific, black box installation by Francisco Ugarte at Arredondo Arozarena; Iranian artists Nazgol Ansarinia and Kamrooz Aram, presented by Green Art Gallery, who address the social and political consequences of displacement and transition; at MIER Gallery, new paintings by Jan-Ole Schiemann; a survey of works on paper by Mernet Larsen at Various Small Fires; and new paintings by Matthias Dornfeld at Waldburger Wouters.

This year’s Focus, curated by Jarrett Gregory (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), brings together 12 artists from 10 countries around the idea of social and political awareness during a time of uncertainty. Titled What Is To Be Done?, this section offers in-depth presentations by artists who employ various methods of engagement to probe the relationship between creation and participation. Highlights include: recent sculptures from the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) that confront the trauma of colonialism, presented jointly by KOW and Galerie Fons Welters; a film by Johan Grimonprez exploring the global arms trade at Sean Kelly; at Rhona Hoffman, 2017 Whitney Biennial artist Deana Lawson’s striking photographs that investigate the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories; an installation by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles at Galerie Peter Kilchmann; Senga Nengudi’s sculptures from the 1970s, presented jointly by Thomas Erben Gallery and Lévy Gorvy; at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, new works by Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen, who will also be included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Polish artist Roman Opalka’s attempts to paint infinity at Galleria Michela Rizzo; at Vitamin Creative Space, collaborative experiments by Koki Tanaka who represented Japan in the 55th Venice Biennale; and at Artwin Gallery, a new project by Moscow-based artist Anya Titova.

Debuting in 2017, Platform stages large-scale artworks, installations and site-specific commissions across Piers 92 & 94. The 2017 edition of Platform is curated by Eric Shiner, former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Details of Platform, including the participating artists and galleries, will be announced in 2017.

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