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This year marks the 25th anniversary of New York City’s annually anticipated art fair, The Armory Show. Brought to life by the fair’s Executive Director, Nicole Berry, and Deputy Director, Eliza Osborne, the show kicks off today and will remain open through March 10. Lucky for art patrons, the show is now in an expanded location (Pier 90, 92, and 94), features new artist prizes, and hosts nearly 200 exhibitors from 33 different countries.
Now split into five categories, the show welcomes: the “Galleries” section, full of leading exhibitors like James Cohan, kaufmann repetto, David Castillo Gallery, and Victoria Miro; the “Presents” platform, with newer galleries (like Anat Ebgi, blank projects, and PSM) and emerging artists; “Insights,” dedicated to artworks created in the 20th century; the “Focus” category (curated by Lauren Haynes), featuring solo and dual-artist presentations that explore themes of identity; and “Platform” (curated by Queens Museum’s Executive Director Sally Tallant) that highlights large scale installations and performances.
This edition also includes daily Armory Live Talks, which will feature internationally renowned names in the art world like Mitchell Algus, Ryan Gander, and Iman Issa. Another stunning attraction is the 75-foot-long LED installation by Leo Villareal entitled Star Ceiling, the presentation of The Grammercy International Prize, and a curatorial leadership summit chaired by Dan Byers.
With the support of Athena Art Finance, Pommery Champagne, and Étant donnés, The Armory Show is also presening the annual Presents Booth Prize to one exhibition within the “Presents” sector. There’s also an addition of two new awards—The Pommery Prize (recognizing one presentation within the “Platform” section) and the Étant donnés Prize, which will be given to an artist of French nationality or who is based in France.