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Friday, 18 December 2015 11:51

The Armory Show Appoints a New Executive Director

Ever since Noah Horowitz announced in July that he was stepping down as head of the Armory Show, the art world has wondered who would replace him at a time when that mammoth fair for Modern and contemporary art faces increasing competition from Frieze New York.

ow there is a decision: Benjamin Genocchio, the editor in chief of Artnet News, will become the fair’s executive director next month, in time to put his stamp on the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94 in March.

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The Armory Show has just announced the list of participating galleries for its 2016 edition, which will take place between March 3-6.

For this edition, which marks its 22nd year running, the New York-based fair will host 204 galleries from 36 countries, which according to the organization, is its largest international representation to date.

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In 1913, Edward Hopper—then 30 years old—sold his first painting ever at the inaugural Armory Show in New York to Thomas F. Vietor, a merchant from New Jersey. The piece, titled Sailing, is now in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, along with 16 other Hopper paintings, drawings, and etchings.

For the first time, the Pittsburgh museum is displaying its Hopper collection in its entirety as part of the new exhibition “CMOA Collects Edward Hopper.”

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The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has acquired what is widely considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century art by Marcel Duchamp.

The newly-acquired work of art by Duchamp, “From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy,” is a so-called “boîte” (box) containing 80 small-scale reproductions of the artist’s works. These range from his avant-garde paintings, such as the famous “Nude Descending a Staircase” that scandalized the New York art world at the Armory Show in 1913, to his provocative “ready-mades,” including the 1917 “Fountain,” an inverted urinal signed with the pseudonym “R. Mutt.”

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As Art Miami expands to New York in its 25th year, the newest addition to Frieze Week has named former Armory Show head Katelijne De Backer as its new director.

Art Miami New York will be held on May 14–17 at Pier 94, best known in the art world for hosting the annual Armory Show, which moved to the piers in 2001 after outgrowing its historic venue at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and a one-year stint at the Javits Center.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:34

The Armory Show Releases Exhibitor List for 2015

The Armory Show has announced its exhibitor lineup for the 2015 installment of the big perennial modern and contemporary art fair held in New York,  March 5-8. On board this time are 195 galleries representing 28 countries from around the globe. The 2015 edition, the fair's seventeenth, will take place as before, on two piers  on the Hudson River: Pier 92, devoted to modern art; and Pier 94, dedicated to contemporary art.

Within the fair, on Pier 94, a special exhibition organized by London-based curator Omar Kholeif, "Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENAM)" highlights works by emerging and established artists from those regions.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:42

Volta NY to Move Next Door to the Armory Show

This morning, Volta NY announced that it would move to Pier 90 for next year’s fair. Located directly beside the Armory Show’s home at Piers 92 and 94, the new site has just been renovated and offers 75,000 square feet of space for 90 exhibitors. Known as the Armory’s sister fair, Volta will run March 5 to March 8.

“Having celebrated our tenth anniversary in Basel by moving to a more mature and central venue, we felt that in New York it was also time to take the platform up a notch,” Volta artistic director Amanda Coulson said in a statement.

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While it seemed like Frieze was snagging all the satellites this year, at least one fair is moving its date back to align with the Armory Show. Pulse New York has just announced that it will move to March for the 2015 edition of the fair, which also happens to be its 10th anniversary. From March 5 to 8, during Armory Arts Week, Pulse will set up shop at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

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For almost 30 years, Leila Heller ran her gallery from the Upper East Side, making a name for herself as an art dealer and for her support of emerging and midcareer Middle Eastern artists, before setting up shop in 2010 on a gallery-lined stretch of West 25th Street.

Now, Ms. Heller is returning uptown with a 16,000-square-foot, six-floor space in Midtown Manhattan that she will operate in addition to the Chelsea location. The new gallery will open on Tuesday, with an inaugural exhibition on portraiture that will run through August.

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One aspect of my research for the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit (see The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, pp. 150–159) was to identify and locate as many as possible of the over 1400 objects included in the 1913 exhibition. For major works by major artists, this was a straightforward task. But for minor works by major artists and for works by more obscure artists, it was not so simple.

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