The Armoury Show 2018 – 198 galleries from 31 countries
The Armoury Show 2018
March 8 – March 11 2018
The 24th edition of The Armory Show features 198 galleries from 31 countries, presenting artworks that range from historical masterpieces to the latest contemporary projects by established and emerging artists.
The Armoury Show 2018 fair welcomes 66 new exhibitors, including 80M2 Livia Benavides (Lima), BANK (Shanghai), Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin), Gagosian (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Geneva, Hong Kong), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Perrotin (New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo), Galerija Gregor Podnar (Berlin), Regen Projects (Los Angeles), Van Doren Waxter (New York) and Yamamoto Gendai (Tokyo).
Now in its second edition, the 2018 Platform section, entitled The Contingent, is curated by Jen Mergel, Vice President of Programming for the Association of Art Museum Curators. Featuring 15 site-responsive projects by internationally acclaimed artists, Platform includes 11 new works by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Sarah Cain, Beth Campbell, Tara Donovan, Leonardo Drew, Jeffrey Gibson, JR, Amalia Pica, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, Berndnaut Smilde, and Wilmer Wilson IV. Four large-scale projects by Elmgreen & Dragset, Sir Richard Long, Mary Sibande, and Wang Xin will make their US debut.
Situated in the Town Square on Pier 94 is a new commission by Tara Donovan. This monumental installation, Untitled, results from her latest experiments with the material condition of transparency and takes the form of a pyramidal cross-section, comprised of tens of thousands of clear plastic tubes.
On the exterior of Pier 94, JR will debut a work that transforms archival Ellis Island photographs into a large-scale installation, presented in partnership with Artsy and Jeffrey Deitch.
Curated by Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the 2018 Focus section features 28 international galleries with solo or dual-artist presentations, which examine how technology has both mediated representation of the physical body and imagined its emancipation in contemporary art.
Curatorial Leadership Summit
The inaugural Curatorial Leadership Summit, chaired by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will convene top global curators for a daylong program that aims to foster innovation in the curatorial landscape. Invited curators will explore, debate and challenge ideas of cultural appropriation, censorship and representation with artist and writer Coco Fusco and Olga Viso, independent curator and former Director of the Walker Art Center.
One again, Armory Live convenes prominent art world figures for a series of thought-provoking conversations and panels hosted at the fair. All Armory Live events take place in the Armory Live Theater on Pier 94 and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Highlights include a keynote by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, on exhibition making in the 21st century; solo artist conversations with JR, Hermann Nitsch and Carolee Schneemann; artists-in-dialogue pairings featuring Constant Dullaart and Matt Goerzen; Leonardo Drew and Ja’Tovia Gary; and Josh Kline and Patty Chang; and a series of panels addressing the future of the gallery model, the rapid growth of new cultural centers globally and the paradoxical conditions for political resistance.
Armory Arts Week
Armory Arts Week is a citywide program of art fairs and events that highlight the diverse cultural offerings of New York’s arts scene. With eight satellite fairs coinciding with The Armory Show in addition to dozens of gallery and museum openings, Armory Arts Week is New York’s premier arts week and a cultural destination for thousands of international visitors. Parallel fairs are Art on Paper, Collective Design, Independent, Moving Image Art Fair, NADA, Scope, Spring/Break Art Show and Volta NY.