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Armory Show / SCOPE / New York 2012

The Armory Show is the anchor of a major art fair week in New York. The show is held on Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River and 55th Street. Usually the show is expansive, placing sacred artworks in airport hangar like scenery. This year the fair had a bit more of a personal feel. “For the 2012 edition, we have taken a new direction for the fair,” Paul Morris, the Founding Director of The Armory Show, said in a statement. “Most notable is that The Armory Show is now a smaller, more boutique fair that enriches every experience for the many collectors, curators and guests who come to The Armory Show to see the greatest art from around the world.”  Prepare to be inundated with photos:

The annual contemporary art fair is now in its 14 iteration. Founded in 1994 by dealers Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks, and Paul Morris as the Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the legendary Gramercy Park Hotel, The Armory Show acquired its new title in 1999 following the fair’s migration to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. The name was an homage to the legendary 1913 exhibition of the same name that also took place in this building, which famously showcased works by avant-garde European artists never previously seen on American soil side-by-side with their American counterparts. This original Armory Show is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York (some history ala the show’s eponymous website, HERE.)

The Armory Show is the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar. Visited by tens of thousands of people each March, the Armory has for almost two decades been the showpiece for some of the world’s most important modern and contemporary art galleries. Canonical names from Picasso to Pollock have all been presented at the fair, as have, in equal measure, some of the most cutting edge artists of a younger generation.

My boyfriend ponders the feminist and ultimate media artist Cindy Sherman. 

(Optical Illusion by Michelangelo Pistoletto)

Taking “sticker art” to the next level.

Following the tremendous success of its Miami edition, SCOPE Art Show returned to New York City for the eleventh year, with an exciting, high-profile location across from The Armory Show. The 30,000 square foot pavilion on 57th Street and 12th Ave will host SCOPE’s flagship fair, SCOPE New York, featuring over 50 international galleries and museum-quality programming that will highlight groundbreaking, emerging work in contemporary art and beyond. SCOPE New York’s First View will take place on March 7, 2012, with proceeds benefitting New York-based non-profit, chashama. Images below:

I love these reductions of high fashion and each’s subsequent commentary on our consumption driven culture by Joel Grossman. 

Button, button, who’s got a button?

Hall of Trophies and Mirrors.