The Armory Show is a renowned international art fair that has been taking over Pier 92 and Pier 94 annually for over two decades. The fair runs for four days and features art from the 20th and 21st Century, offering a mixture of well-known contemporary pieces and new emerging artists who are just beginning to establish themselves in the world of visual arts. It is an opportunity not just for art lovers who wish to lose themselves within the many high quality pieces on display, but also a chance for collectors to connect with galleries from all around the globe, meeting curators and art professionals alike.
Five unmistakable exhibitor sections help you find your way through nearly two centuries of international art. This year the Show was divided into Galleries, Insights, Presents, Focus and Platform. The highly anticipated Platform debuted this year and features large-scale, sometimes interactive, installations, art works and commissions.
Wandering around the 250 000 feet area that the exhibition has occupied, you get to see people from all walks of life coming to enjoy art. It is as eclectic as the pieces themselves; everyone from college students working on an assignment over families enjoying a day out to polished art professionals are strolling around. And just as many languages can be heard, which is not surprising since the Armory Show boasts works from over 200 galleries from 30 different countries all around the world.
Every so often you stumble across a Champagne Lounge, where people are wandering about between the white walls separating the different galleries, enjoying something sparkly and chatting up a storm. The entire atmosphere of the show is relaxed and welcoming, which is probably a part of the reason it attracts about 65,000 visitors every year. Everyone can find their niche, everyone will find something amongst the vast space that captures their eye and their hearts, lingering with them long after they have left the Armory Show.
Photos courtesy of Teddy Wolff and BFA