The Armory Show Announces New Vision for 2017 (USA)

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The view from Pier 92 to Pier 94. Photo by Teddy Wolff © The Armory Show.
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THE ARMORY
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NEW VISION FOR 2017 EDITION
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Smarter, Tighter, More Curated Fair Aimed at Presenting Quality Artworks, Supporting Emerging Galleries and Staging Ambitious Projects

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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.

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 commissioning of new artworks.”

Beginning 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.

Among 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 with 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.

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Galleries 

Established modern and contemporary galleries present outstanding 20 th and 21 st century artworks.

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Insights

Leading international galleries feature solo -artist, dual- artist or thematic exhibitions that spotlight 20 th century master works alongside artistic rediscoveries.

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Presents

This section provides a platform for emerging galleries no more than ten years old to showcase fresh talen t through so lo- and dual -artist presentations .

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Focus 

This invitation -only sect ion is devoted to solo and curated presentations of new or rarely seen work by today’s most relevant and compelling artists. Focus is organized by an appointed curator .

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Platform

Participating galleries realize large -scale artworks, installations and performances that respond to and activate the expansive industrial spaces of Piers 92 & 94. Platform is organized by an appointed curator.

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Armory Live 

This curated, intera ctive program encompasses talks, performances and screenings at the fair and online.

The Armory Show was founded in 1994 by four New York dealers as a platform for cutting edge contemporary art. The new vision for the 2017 edition reaffirms and extends the fair’s distinct identity as a New York institution and a sophisticated , adventurous destination on the international art fair calendar. “We are known a s a dynamic space of encounter, where you can see established galleries showing alongside emerging ones ,” says Mr. Genocchio. “ We are go ing to streamline and build on that, keep ing the discovery element while expand ing the curation and tighten ing up the quality.”

“We are a New York fair with an international reach, ” says Mr. Genocchio. “We want to create new and exciting opportunities and experiences for our exhibitors and visitors —ex periences like no other art fair. We’ve got over 200,000 square feet of open plan space wi th 40 foot ceilings; this provides a tr emendous opportunity to present artworks that activate and engage the space .”

Other developments for the 2017 edition include a newly established Advisory Panel that will lend a fresh perspective to the selection of Prese nts exhibitors. Presents panelists include: Augusto Arbizo (11R, New York), Raphael Oberhuber (KOW, Berlin) , Jessica Silverman (Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco) and existing Selection Committee member Philippe Charpentier (mor charpentier, Paris).

The curators for Focus, Platform and Armory Live will be announced in the coming months. Exhibitor applications for the 201 7 edition will open May 11, 2016 at thearmoryshow.com . The Armory Show 2017 will take place March 2 -5 at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan .

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The Armory Show

The Armory Show is New York’s premier international art fair, showcasing outstanding 20 th and 21 st century artworks by established and emerging artists. Founded in 1994 by four New York gallerists, the fair remains a New York cultural institution, presenting leading international galleries, curat orial initiatives and specially commissioned projects to visitors from around the world. The fair is hosted annually on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan, anchoring Armory Arts Week and opening the spring arts season in March. The Armory Show is a nexus for the international art community, introducing visitors to the m ost compelling voices in the visual arts and fostering dialogue, insights and inspiration. The 2016 edition delivered excellent sales across a spectrum of prices and welcomed patrons from over 160 museums worldwide. The show included 205 galleries from 3 6 countries, making it the most diverse art fair by geographical region . In 2016 , The Armory Show partnered for the 11 th consecutive year with New York ’s Museum of Modern Art on the Armory Party and the creation of the MoMA Benefit Edition , which support s MoMA acquisition funds.

Benjamin Genocchio is a n art critic, editor and journalist with over 20 years of experience working in multiple facets of the art world, from media to academia to art criticism. Mr. Genocchio has written extensively for the New York Times as an international arts correspondent in addition to serving as Editor – in-Chief of Art & Auction and Artnet News. He holds a PhD in art history with a specialization in Latin American art and is the author and editor of several books on art and artists , including two major books on contemporar y Asian art. Mr. Genocchio joined The Armory Show as Executive Director in January 2016.

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The Armory Show
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