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The Armory Show Opens in New York

The Armory Show returns to New York for its twenty-fifth-anniversary edition this year and will be open to the public from March 7 to March 10, with a VIP preview day taking place today. 198 galleries from thirty-three countries are participating. Due to a last-minute snafu involving structural concerns at Pier 92, the fair will be staged at Piers 90, 92, and 94 this year, and only the part of Pier 92 that is over land will be accessible.

Volta—the Armory’s sister fair, which was supposed to be held at Pier 90—was canceled, and dozens of galleries were displaced as a result. Since many dealers, who had already shipped works and made appointments, were stranded, a number of art-world figures came together to organize Plan B—a pop-up fair that was thrown together in a matter of days. The event is taking place across two locations in Chelsea: David Zwirner’s Nineteenth Street location and 534 West Twenty-First Street. Several of Volta’s exhibitors will also present at other fairs such as Art on Paper and the Spring/Break Art Show.

While the layout of the Armory Show may not be familiar to visitors, many of its exhibitors will be. The fair is welcoming back several galleries that participated in the earliest editions of the modern and contemporary art event when it took place at Gramercy Park Hotel, including 303 Gallery (New York), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York and Los Angeles), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), and Zeno X Gallery (Antwerp).

Among the sixty-three galleries making their fair debut are A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), carlier | gebauer (Berlin), Selma Feriani Gallery (Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia), Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), Antoine Levi (Paris), David Nolan Gallery (New York), Öktem&Aykut (Istanbul), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore), Sorry We’re Closed (Brussels), and Tif Sigfrids (Athens, Georgia).

The Galleries section of the Armory Show, featuring twentieth- and twenty-first-century artworks presented by 111 leading international galleries, is being held at Pier 94. Also at Pier 94 is Presents, a platform for galleries no more than ten years old.

Insights, comprising thirty-two established galleries with solo, dual-artist, and thematic presentations of artworks made before the year 2000, and Focus, made up of twenty-eight galleries exhibiting work addressing technology and the representation of the physical body and curated by Lauren Haynes, curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, will be at Pier 90. Platform, the section showcasing large-scale artworks, installations, and commissions—curated this year by Sally Tallant, the recently appointed executive director of the Queens Museum—will be staged across all three piers.

The popular Armory Live program will take the fair’s anniversary as a point of departure to consider the significant developments in production, experience, criticism, and patronage in the arts over the last quarter century.

Highlights include events featuring Artnews editor in chief Sarah Douglas, writer Linda Yablonsky, and gallerist Mitchell Algus in conversation about the American culture wars; In Other Words executive editor Charlotte Burns, writer Antwaun Sargent, artist Paul Anthony Smith, and Focus curator Lauren Haynes in dialogue about the methodologies currently being used to rewrite historical narratives; and curators Christian Viveros-Fauné and Elisabeth Sussman, critic Ben Davis, and artist Iman Issa in discussion about what political art looks like today.

Tallant will also lead a talk on the shifting relevancy of biennials with artist Ryan Gander; Bige Örer, director of the Istanbul Biennial; and Candice Hopkins, senior curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art; and Artforum’s senior editor Jennifer Krasinski will sit down with artist Carroll Dunham and writers Rhonda Lieberman and Tobi Haslett to address how the relationship between the artist and the critic has evolved over time.

In celebration of its anniversary, the fair launched the Gramercy International Prize to support galleries that have not previously participated in the event. Ramiken was selected as the inaugural recipient of the prize. The gallery is presenting works by Darja Bajagić and Andra Ursuţa at a booth that was provided by the fair for free.

Two additional new awards—the $20,000 Pommery Prize, which recognizes an exceptional presentation within the Platform section, and the $10,000 Étant donnés Prize, which will honor a France-based living artist or an artist of French nationality—were also introduced this year.

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