Contemporary and Modern Art Line the Piers for the 2013 Armory
- The Armory 2013 Art Fair, March 7-10, New York
The art world will focus on New York as the Armory art fair launches its next edition of contemporary and modern fine art March 7-10, 2013.
This current incarnation of the mega art fair spanning two piers in the East River is planned to be especially large since it’s the Armory’s centennial. In celebration, the fair will highlight both contemporary fine art as well as landmark modern work.
Participating galleries are the “movers and shakers” in the art world. They include major dealers such as David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London, as well as lesser known or emerging galleries from New York and around the world including Dirimart, Istanbul, and Pierogi, Brooklyn.
Key photography galleries are also showing at the Armory art fair in 2013, and include Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.
In total, about 100 galleries line pier 94.
Pier 92 is focused on modern art. There, about 90 galleries showing work from the so-called “secondary market,” or art by non-living artists or significant 20th century works. Galleries here include Marlborough Gallery, New York, Alan Cristea Gallery, London and James Goodman Gallery, New York.
Usually, about fifty thousand visitors make the trek to the West Side, and pay $30 to view rows and rows of contemporary art. Held concurrently are several other art fairs such as SCOPE, and Volta. Thankfully, shuttle buses are available from mid-town but are usually not very frequent.
The best advice is to come early, and come back several times if possible, because the experience can be overwhelming and exhausting. Since lines can be long and the quality is not stellar, try eating before attending the Armory. Water fountains are non-existent too. Consider purchasing the “Run of Show Pass,” for $60 or the Armory Show/Volta NY Pass for $40. Art tours are also available.
“Armory Focus” On U.S.
Different this year is the Armory Focus on the United States. Here the curator, Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Wharhol Museum, selects over 20 artists from 17 established and emerging fine art galleries. These works are displayed through out the show. Talks and lectures will also be organized. Started in 2010, previous Armory Focus’s have been on Berlin, Latin America and Nordic countries.
As part of this years show are two satellite shows that will be running in area museums. One, at the Montclair Art Museum opens on February 17, 2013, and is called “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913.” At the New-York Historical Society is “The Armory Show at 100,” which will take place later, from October 18, 2013 through February 23, 2014.
If that is not enough art, in addition to Armory programming taking place before and during the art fair, the Museum of Modern Art will present Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 (December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde (November 27, 2012–April 14, 2013), exhibiting African artifacts collected by New York artists during the 1910s and 1920s.