The Armory Show in New York has announced that its 2017 edition, which closed on Sunday, March 5, was its most successful yet. The revamped fair, which welcomed more than sixty-five thousand visitors over the course of five days, boasted of a redesigned floor plan with more than seventy of the 210 exhibitors presenting solo-artist or dual-artist booths.
“I am proud to report that the new Armory Show has drawn critical praise and record crowds. We have worked hard over the past year to put art and artists at the center of the fair, bringing it back to its Gramercy Park Hotel roots, and also to where it should be—as one of the world’s top international art fairs, and a New York art market powerhouse,” executive director Benjamin Genocchio said. “From specially commissioned work to the inclusion of studio visits and artist talks, we have increased the involvement of artists in every aspect of the fair. The quality of galleries and artworks—from participating galleries to our curated sections ‘Focus’ and ‘Platform’—are the key to our success. We are pleased with the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the changes made this year and we have more exciting news in store for 2018.”
The 2017 edition’s new and redesigned exhibitor sections included “Focus,” curated by Jarrett Gregory; “Platform,” which featured thirteen large-scale artworks organized by Eric Shiner; “Insights,” with twentieth-century works; “Presents,” the expanded section for young galleries; and the newly created “Galleries,” which highlighted twentieth- and twenty-first-century artworks in a range of media.
Dealer Sean Kelly, founder of his eponymous gallery in New York, said, “We’ve had a fantastic fair. We’ve sold extremely well and changed the booth out a number of times. But more importantly for the fair, our clients are excited about how much better the fair looks. Looking at the quality of the booths, the quality of the galleries attending, the quality of the presentations, as well as the adjustments that have been made to the sight lines of the fair, I think there’s a very different feel this year and people have been really excited about it. It’s been great.”
Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, who was awarded the fair’s $10,000 Presents Booth Prize for her presentation of works by Ghanaian German artist Zohra Opoku, said it was “a very successful week at the Armory Show. Our participation has reinforced and raised our standard. We received a brilliant endorsement from collectors and curators. Our best art fair to date.”
The fair hosted seventy-one new exhibitors this year, including Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana), Jeffrey Deitch (New York), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Lévy Gorvy (New York, London, Geneva), Fergus McCaffrey (New York, St. Barth, Tokyo), kamel mennour (Paris), Pace Gallery (New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Palo Alto), PROYECTOSMONCLOVA (Mexico City), Various Small Fires (Los Angeles), and White Cube (London, Hong Kong).
For more on the Armory and other fairs around New York last week, see Linda Yablonsky’s Diary.