Tens of thousands of people will descend on Manhattan’s far west side this week to take in as much modern and contemporary art as the human constitution can handle—courtesy of the Armory Show (March 6–9, Piers 92 & 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St.; thearmoryshow.com).
This year (its 16th) New York’s longest-standing art fair, named after the original 1913 exhibition held at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue, will exhibit artworks from 203 galleries from 29 countries—down from 215 last year and roughly 230 the year before that. “We’ve really worked tirelessly to pare down our gallery list in an effort to go for higher quality and more ambitious presentations,” explains executive director Noah Horowitz. “To offer our visitors a more filtered view into the art world today.”
Visitors can expect to see the show's traditional mix of blue-chip galleries—David Zwirner (New York), Sprüth Magers (Berlin), Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Lisson Gallery (London)—as well as a number of high-profile first-timers, such as Lehmann Maupin (New York), Alison Jacques (London) and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (New York).
But with the art world’s rapid globalization over the past several years, perhaps most exciting are the number of galleries arriving from China, Africa, India, Hungary and Saudi Arabia.
Serious collectors and the curious alike should look for a surge in sculpture, a large selection of contemporary art from China (the dedicated region of the fair’s Focus section), a rise in the number of emerging galleries and the increase of single-artist presentations and thematic groupings of work that vary across media and generation.
Here, ten pieces not to miss.