The 2017 Armory Show is introducing Platform, a new section featuring large-scale works, installations, and site-specific pieces. Eric Shiner, the senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, will curate the first edition featuring twelve artworks by Abel Barroso, Patricia Cronin, Douglas Coupland, Olga de Amaral, Dorian Gaudin, Jun Kaneko, Per Kirkeby, Yayoi Kusama, Iván Navarro, Fiete Stolte, Lawrence Weiner, and Ai Weiwei.
“With my selection of artists, I endeavor to present a series of incidents that start to change our relationship with the art fair—a series of happenings, interactive works, objects and images that make the viewer take pause, think, refresh, smile, and remember that art, by its very nature, is meant to provoke, incite and challenge,” Eric Shiner said. “It is my hope that the artists and works included in ‘An Incident’
will bring a new energy to the art fair model, encouraging visitors to share in the moment, and to enjoy the phenomenal offerings in vendors’ booths with gusto.”
Among the works being presented are Chilean artist Navarro’s Chant, a text-based light and sound sculpture that will record the noise made by fairgoers; a sixty-three-foot-tall painting, Mirage 2016, by Jun Kaneko; and Barroso’s seven part interactive installation, Emigrant’s Pinball, 2012, for which visitors will be invited to play a fictional pinball game, which draws from New York iconography to pose questions about migration and cultural identity.
Before Shiner joined Sotheby’s in July 2016, he served as the director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for almost six years. A leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, Shiner lived and worked in Japan for years and was assistant curator of the inaugural Yokohama Triennale in 2001.