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The Armory Show

Every March, like the migration of strange Monarch butterflies, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from across the globe make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week. From March 7-10, 2013, stationed at the Chelsea Piers 92 & 94 overlooking the Hudson, a hangar’s worth of creativity bustles in the largest NYC art fair. The fair has changed locations since its inaugural 1913 debut – from the East Side to Chicago to the Cincinnati Art Museum to Amherst College – ultimately that its coming back to its roots. The piers at the Armory Show, now designated as Contemporary and Modern, are devoted to showcasing the most important, notorious, and emerging artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Erica and Max

My friends Max and Erica enjoy a Pain au chocolat, muffin, Diet Coke and Coffee in the VIP Lounge fitted by Roche Bobois.

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The Hudson River on the West Side of the island was once central to to the city’s trade and transportation infrastructure. With the success of the auto industry, American’s reliance on waterways diminished and all-but-halted. Businesses at the piers closed down and many structures were left to decay. The desolate, vacuous spaces could be dangerous territory but also offered temporary homes to various artist projects, the most illustrious, perhaps, being Gordon Matta-Clark’s iconic Day’s End on Pier 52 in 1974.

The Armory Show 2013

The Armory Show 2013

The Armory Show 2013

Samsøn Projects of Boston had a booth arrayed with bongs, Carl Sagan and retail price tag fastener, featuring the works of Todd Pavlisko. 

The Armory Show 2013

The Armory Show 2013

Peter Liversidge, Ingelby Gallery London.

Peter Liversidge’s presented by Ingelby Gallery, London. Etc, 2011, neon.  Remember the seen from The King and I? Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera!

The Armory Show 2013
The Armory Show 2013 Destined to be a new Penguin ClassicLove Kicked Me Down (Where I Belong) by Harland Miller. 

The Armory Show 2013

The “Day’s End” Champagne Bar at the Armory Show Contemporary section. Little did you know that this Pommery Champagne bar is steeped in art history. The special light-bulb sculpture Day’s End, 2013, is site-specific installation by Peter Liversidge that references an eponymous work by Gordon Matta-Clarke on pier 52 from 1974-75; and Marcel Duchamp & Ulf Linde – Posterity Will Have a Word to Say, a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, curated by Jan Åman. Drink up.

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Cary Leibowitz’s  installation from Invisible Exports was a little too on-the-nose with its pessimistic yet honest take on pie charts, cliches and children’s rhymes.

Kevin-Harman_ForeverKevin Harman, Forever, 2012, mirror, carved oak frames, padlock 137 x 88 x 26 cm. INGLEBY GALLERY.

James-Hugonin-Binary-Rhythm-III-2011James Hugging, Binary Rhythm (III), 2012, oil and wax on wood, 189.5 x 169 cm.  INGLEBY GALLERY.

The Armory Show 2013

Brian Calvin, Can With A Landscape (Robin), 2009.  The otherworldly, martian quality of the artist’s portraits is ominous. Alex Katz’s influence on Calvin seems obviously delightful.

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My Week in Snapshots: 4/16/2012 – 4/22/2012

My gosh, golly gee, what a week I have had. In this past week my new nephew Zachary Fionn was born, AND I accepted a job offer in a new position here in NYC. I feel like I should clink a million glasses of champagne and do a little twirl. I also managed to find the PERFECT pair of jeans – slim through the ankle, single roll cuff, vintage medium wash. They are so functional, and versatile; a good pair of jeans is like a best friend or an LBD, always there. My apologies on not updating the blog sooner, I usually try to post daily (or at least every two days), but SO much has been happening. Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the east coast through mine own eyes.

1. My boyfriend and I decided to re-stock our liquor cabinet (which is actually an old, beveled icebox) in order to prepare for guests which we will be entertaining next week. We mostly went to The Chelsea Wine Vault for Champagne, Scotch (Oban, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, single malts et. al.), and Sparkling Wines (Schramsberg is a new favorite) HOWEVER, while looking we spotted this Kings County Distillery Moonshine. Upon further reading, I have come to learn that this is from New York City’s oldest operating distillery that began production before Prohibition.

2. We have all held our ears to a conch shell in order to hear the sound of the ocean, yet have you ever EATEN a live conch? Aside from its symbolism in Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, the conch is actually second in popularity to escargot in the “edible snail” category. The dish is common in East Asian stir fry, soups of the West Indies, The Bahamas, Grenada, and as ceviche from Puerto Rico. This one was found at The Lobster Place.

3. A detail from artist Ajan Daeng’s “Owl in Love”. Keith Johnson, an employee of Anthropologie, who scours the world in search of unique goods for the stores chose found this artist in a forested area alongside a rural Thai road. Daeng works with discarded objects, trash, natural items, and rotted parts. This sculpture was made of wood, soda cans, and rusted metal pieces.

4. While home in South Jersey, after the birth of my sister’s new son, my mom and I were EXHAUSTED. We had stayed in the hospital for several hours and were craving something celebratory. Instead of the usual baby boy cigars or glass of wine, we ordered extremely layered and rich (see heart-clogging) pizza from Montesini’s Gourmet Pizza. Those were slices from a TACO PIZZA SLICE, a Riccota & Eggplant Slice, and a Spinach, Garlic & Tomato slices (to name a few). Om nom nom.

5. While traveling from NY Penn Station to South Jersey, I rode the surprisingly empty NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line. I have taken this same train ride about 6785 times, if only they had a “frequent traveler” punch card.

6. My mom treated me to this new bracelet that looks surprisingly intricate, high-end, and haute couture. Believe it or not, the item is from Kohl’s Simply Vera by Vera Wang Line. The Two Tone Flower Bead Bracelet is a modern shape, with glints of kelly green, and silver chain closures. It was originally $50.00 but has since been marked down to $27.50, and my mom had an additional 30% off coupon. You do the math! Thanks momma (and dad of course).

7. The Chelsea Market is a food concourse, flea market, pop-up shop, and general indoor arcade for all sorts of wonderful boutiques. It was originally a Nabisco Factory (and was actually the first place where Oreos were invented) – here is a shot of the original factory style ceilings and clock.

8. Welcome to the world Zachary Fionn! You were a heft albs 5 oz, and totally huggable with a full head of dark brunette hair. I love your little quivering lip and your puckered out chin (with a dimple). Zachary is my second nephew, he’s the little brother to Jacob!

9. Run, don’t’ walk, to your closet CVS, Rite Aid, or Duane Reade in order to get this unique nail polish color. The color is from Wet N’ Wild’s new MEGA LAST® NAIL COLOR line and is called “On a Trip”.  The bottle only cost me $1.99. I am usually a sucker for high-end nail polishes and have a sizable collection from O.P.I., Essie, and Joe Fresh (and have been CRAVING Butter London), but these new hues, and the company’s new formula feels SO expensive (and chip resistant). The color palette is also well thought out, providing me with many accent colors for the upcoming Spring and Summer trends.

10. Oh the smells of fresh lavender by the neatly tied up bundle (I’ll take a bushel please). Michael surprised me with (what we think is) a lavandula flower in Hidcote Blue to celebrate my new job offer! He has a natural skill for picking eclectic flowers I love (not the usual roses, daisies, and lilies). The buds have been in our house for several days, in a favorite vase, and are still flowering and fresh. Yay for staying power. Cagney, our kitty, is also not tempting to eat these (he has completely annihilated entire pots of bamboo, succulents, and past bouquets).

That’s my week, how was yours?