I Know What I Like
The Armory Art Show, 7-10 March
In 1913, at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue, a legendary exhibition took place in New York that was to forever change the face of art in America. Widely recognised as bringing ‘modern’ art to the US, the show featured for the very first time now legendary avant-garde European names like Van Gogh and Duchamp alongside American artists like Hopper. When in 1999 the Gramercy International Art Fair moved temporarily to the Armory, it was re-named in homage to the great exhibition, and in the subsequent 14 years The Armory Art Show has become one of the world’s most influential gatherings of artists and exhibitors, and the pinnacle of New York’s art scene.
Split into two categories, Contemporary (featuring leading international galleries repping new art by living artists) and Modern (dedicated to international dealers showing historically significant artworks), the show boasts a starry 200+ range of exhibitors from over 30 countries including Andréhn-Schiptjenko from Stockholm, BLAIN | SOUTHERN from London and Beijing’s Pékin Fine Arts, as well as a blue sky wish list of New York galleries from Senior & Shopmaker Gallery to Hirschl & Adler Modern. In addition there are daily open forums, a full film and performance schedule, art tours of the highlights and family-focused tours, as well as a busy Armory Arts Week schedule that sees a whole roster of art-related events city wide. Brush up your adjectives!