The Armory Show 2017
New York –The Armory Show announced today a new vision for the 2017 edition aimed at enhancing the quality of artwork on display, fostering young galleries and staging ambitious projects th at activate and draw inspiration from the fair’s unique industrial venue on Piers 92 & 94 in Midtown Manhattan.
“The Armory Show is one of America’s oldest and most popular art fairs and a true destination on the international art circuit,” says Exec utive Director Benjamin Genocchio. “ We want to be much more than a platform for the commercial, we want to play a greater intellectual role in the artistic life of New York, expanding our talks, programs, performances and commissionin g of new artworks.”
in 2017, T he Armory Show will encourage more thoughtful, tightly cu rated presentat ions through the introduction of new and evolved exhibitor sections and programming . The fair will increase its engagement with prominent international curators in the sel ection of artists and galleries, emphasizing solo- artist presentations, new projects and commissions.
the key developments for 2017, The Armory Show and The Armory Show – Modern will merge into a single fair for 20 th and 21 st century artworks w ith Galleries forming the core section of the fair . The former Modern section, established in 2009, will transition into Insights , a more concentrated presentation of solo- artist, dual -artist or thematic exhibitions of 20 th century art works. The successful Presents section will expand as a powerful platf orm for emerging galleries to showcase new work through solo- an d dual -artist booths . After seven editions spotlighting art ist s from specific geographical regions, the Focus section will evolve to encompass solo and curated presentations of new or rarely seen art work s by today’s most compelling artists, selected by an appointed curator. The 2017 edition will introduc e Platform , a new curatorial initiative devoted to la rge -scale artworks, installations and performances that respond to and engage the expansive indus trial spaces of Piers 92 & 94 . Through Armory Live , visitors will experience interac tive talks, performance s and screenings at the fair and online.
Established modern and contemporary galleries present outstanding 20 th and 21 st century artworks.