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What Is To Be Done?  Brings Together Twelve Artists from Ten Countries Around the Idea of Social and Political Awareness During a Time of Uncertainty    

The Armory Show announced today the fair’s 2017 Focus section, encompassing twelve solo presentations of new or rarely seen work by some of today’s most relevant and compelling artists. The artists are chosen by Jarrett Gregory, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.   

The Focus section is part of The Armory Show’s new vision to increase engagement with prominent international curators, emphasizing solo-artist presentations and strong curatorial viewpoints. In addition to the new Focus section, The Armory Show 2017 will include Platform, a new section for site-specific projects, curated by Eric Shiner.  

“It is with great pleasure that we invite visitors to experience the Focus section. Promoting and supporting curators is at the core of The Armory Show’s mission and we are thrilled to be working with Jarrett Gregory of LACMA,” says Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director of The Armory Show. “After seven years of looking at specific geographic regions we felt it was time for a change. The 2017 Focus section brings a strong and independent curatorial vision to the fair with the single defining criterion for the curator to assemble, in their view, the most relevant and vital art of the moment.”  

What Is To Be Done? borrows its title from Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s eponymous 1863 novel, composed while the author was imprisoned. Through constructed characters and storylines, What Is To Be Done? laid the groundwork for Russia’s socialist revolution and is considered to be one of the most influential works of Russian literature. The Focus section includes twelve artists grappling with some of the world’s most pressing social and political issues.  

“Each artist demonstrates an acute awareness of his or her local conditions as well as the failing structures, conflicts and ideologies that define our era,” says Gregory. “This project emerged from conversations with artists during trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Moscow, where I witnessed, among other things, the aftermath of widespread social and economic failure. Following this research, power structures have been at the forefront of my mind.” 

Gregory cites the artist Jimmie Durham as a source of inspiration for her curatorial statement. In his text “Creativity and the Social Process,” Durham argues for art that does not speak to other art, but that speaks to life: “To use art as an escape,” he writes, “is a sign of inhumanity.” What Is To Be Done? takes this statement as a point of departure, bringing together artists who employ various methods of engagement to probe the relationship between creation and participation. 

Highlights include new works by American-born Pakistani artist Amna Asghar whose work reflects on the exchange of imagery between East and West; sculptures from the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) that confront the trauma of colonialism; a film by Johan Grimonprez exploring the global arms trade; Deana Lawson’s striking photographs, which investigate the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories; a new installation by Ibrahim Mahama; an installation by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles; Senga Nengudi’s sculptures from the 1970s; new works by Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen; Polish artist Roman Opalka’s attempts to paint infinity; a video and installation by Mathilde Rosier; collaborative experiments by Koki Tanaka, who represented Japan in the 55th Venice Biennale; and a new project by Moscow-based artist Anya Titova.  

"This is not political art, nor does it have an agenda – it is art that helps us to see the historic moment in which we are living,” says Gregory. “These artists aren't afraid of big questions, and they approach their subject matter with varying degrees of purity or interference. I'm incredibly grateful to The Armory Show for the support and creative liberty they have afforded me in developing this project."  

Participating artists and galleries: 

Amna Asghar (b.1984, Detroit, MI) | Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) (est. 2014, Democratic Republic of Congo) | Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam / KOW, Berlin Johan Grimonprez (b. 1962,  Roeselare, Belgium) | Sean Kelly, New York Deana Lawson (b.1979, Rochester, NY) | Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago Ibrahim Mahama (b. 1987, Tamale, Ghana) | APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia Teresa Margolles (b. 1963, Culiacán, Mexico) | Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich Senga Nengudi (b. 1943, Chicago, IL) | Lévy Gorvy / Thomas Erben Gallery, New York Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) | 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong Roman Opalka (b. 1931, Paris, France; d. 2011, Chieti, Italy) | Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice Mathilde Rosier (b. 1973, Paris, France) | Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf Koki Tanaka (b. 1975, Tochigi, Japan) | Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou Anya Titova (b. 1984, Ulan-Ude, Russia) | Artwin Gallery, Moscow

THE ARMORY SHOW ANNOUNCES EXHIBITORS FOR 2017 EDITION  

With a Premier Selection of New Exhibitors, Ambitious Presentations and a Redesigned Floor Plan, The Armory Show’s 2017 Exhibitor List is the Strongest in Years 

The Armory Show announced today the participating exhibitors for the 2017 fair, taking place March 2–5, 2017 with the VIP Preview Day on Wednesday, March 1. The fair will feature 210 leading international galleries, showcasing significant historical and contemporary artworks in Midtown Manhattan.  

The exhibiting galleries compose the fair’s strongest list in years, with a premier selection of new exhibitors and two curated sections. A more spacious floor plan, designed by architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox, features wider aisles, larger booths and expanded public lounges. In an outstanding display of quality and curatorial precision, over 70 galleries will present solo-artist and dual-artist projects. 

The fair’s redesigned floor plan hosts five distinct exhibitor sections, which integrate modern and contemporary artworks across both piers. The Presents section, devoted to young galleries, has increased from 22 exhibitors in 2016 to 31 in 2017. New for 2017, a $10,000 prize, supported by Athena Art Finance, will be awarded to a selected Presents exhibitor, chosen by a jury of prominent collectors and curators: Renee Drake, collector, the Netherlands; Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum, New York; Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, Long Island City; Alain Servais, collector, Brussels and Carole Server, collector, New York. The fair hosts two new curated sections: Focus, curated by Jarrett Gregory, features 12 artists whose work grapples with urgent social and political topics; and Platform, curated by Eric Shiner, stages large-scale artworks throughout the venue, activating the fair’s industrial setting.  

“The Armory Show team has spent the last year listening to our gallery clients and visitors, and in response, we have made many radical changes and improvements to the show. These are reflected in greatly expanded VIP and visitor services as well as, I am proud to say, the strongest exhibitor list in several years,” says Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director of The Armory Show. “Two new curated sections and an updated floor plan with more spacious aisles and larger booths will make for a better, more enjoyable show. Quality of art and experience defines The Armory Show 2017 and remains our goal.”  

Staged in the center of the international art world, The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a destination for the world’s leading collectors, museum directors and curators. The fair’s diverse selection of galleries spans five continents and represents 30 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the

Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The exhibitor list reflects 71 new exhibitors for the 2017 edition, including: Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana), Jeffrey Deitch (New York), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles), Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Lévy Gorvy (New York, London, Geneva), Fergus McCaffrey (New York), kamel mennour (Paris), MIER GALLERY (Los Angeles), Moran Bondaroff (Los Angeles), Pace Gallery (New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Palo Alto), Plan B (Cluj, Berlin), PROYECTOSMONCLOVA (Mexico City), Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London), Sultana (Paris), Various Small Fires (Los Angeles), Waldburger Wouters (Brussels), Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), and White Cube (London, Hong Kong).  

Seven new galleries from Asia include: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong), Arario Gallery (Seoul, Cheonan, Shanghai), GALLERY HYUNDAI (Seoul), Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo), Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo, Singapore), Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok) and Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou). 

New exhibitors are joined by an extensive list of 2016 participants, returning for 2017: Blain|Southern (London, Berlin), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, Aspen), James Cohan (New York), DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM (Berlin), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), Gaudel de Stampa (Paris), Instituto de Visión (Bogota), Kadel Willborn (Dusseldorf), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Sean Kelly (New York), König Galerie (Berlin), Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York), Galerie Lelong (New York, Paris), Lisson Gallery (London, Milan, New York), Marlborough Chelsea (New York), Victoria Miro (London), mor charpentier (Paris), OMR (Mexico City), Praz-Delavallade (Paris, Los Angeles), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Galeria Nara Roesler (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Pantin, Salzburg), Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Beverly Hills), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, Kinderhook), Sies + Höke (Dusseldorf), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles), Galeria Luisa Strina (Sao Paulo), Timothy Taylor (London, New York), Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris, Brussels) and Vilma Gold (London).  

The main section of the fair, Galleries, features outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks in a range of media, from painting and photography to sculpture, video and installation.  Solo-artist presentations and strong artistic pairings include: a new project by Studio Drift exploring the boundaries of technology and nature at Pace Gallery; at Jeffrey Deitch, a recreation of Deitch’s legendary “Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon,” first presented at the 1995 Gramercy International Art Fair; early and rare works by James Turrell, including examples from his “Autonomous Structures” series made between 1989–2010 paired with works by Mary Corse at Kayne Griffin Corcoran; illuminated installations and geometric canvases by François Morellet at kammel mennour; Rico Gatson at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts; at Wetterling Gallery, new works by Doug + Mike Starn in what  will be the artists’ first solo presentation in New York since their 2010 Big Bambú exhibition on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at Mizuma, a never-before-seen 57 foot painting by the Japanese artist Makoto Aida; large-format charcoal drawings and sculptures by Rinus van de Velde at König Galerie; Richard Nonas’ steel and wood floor sculptures from the 1970s in dialogue with paintings by Marcia Hafif from the 1960s at Fergus McCaffrey; a series of performances by Sadaharu Horio, the youngest member of the Gutai group, at Axel Vervoordt Gallery; at Kohn Gallery, Larry Bell’s iconic cube sculptures interplay with new pigment paintings by Lita Albuquerque; and a new body of sculptures by Kathy Butterly, presented jointly by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and Shoshana Wayne Gallery.  

Dedicated exclusively to artworks made before the year 2000, Insights emphasizes solo-artist, dual-artist and thematic presentations, ranging from modern and post-war masterworks to artistic rediscoveries.

Highlights include: paintings by Jacob Lawrence, a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, at Jonathan Boos; at Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, late paintings and drawings by Willi Baumeister from the artist’s estate; a selection of works by Roberto Sebastian Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark and Pablo Echaurren at Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M., which were first exhibited at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice in conjunction with the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013; prints and works on paper by David Hockney made between 1961 and 1980 at Lyndsey Ingram; a study of the significance of dreams in the works of René Magritte, Alexander Calder and Salvador Dalí at Mayoral; paintings, collages and assemblages, culled from a single private collection, by the late painter and mixed-media artist Jess at Hackett | Mill; works by Yayoi Kusama, Atsuko Tanaka and Yuko Nasaka at Whitestone Gallery; an exploration of Joaquin Torres-Garcia’s influence on Juan Hernandez-Pijuan at Galeria Marc Domenech; Fausto Melotti and Dennis Oppenheim in dialogue at Montrasio Arte / Km0; works from the 1960s through the 1980s by Hans Hartung at Setareh Gallery; a presentation on women and performance from the 1970s at Richard Saltoun, with important works by Marina Abramovic, Helena Almeida, Ida Applebroog, Valie Export, Gina Pane, Carolee Schneemann and Jo Spence among others.  

Presents is a platform for galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recently made work through solo-artist and dual-artist presentations. Highlights include: sculptures by Ana Roldán paired with a recent paintings by Sebastián Fierro at Instituto de Visión; works by Cuban artist Diana Fonseca Quiñones at El Apartamento; glass sculptures by Jessica Warboys paired with figurative paintings by Jill Mulleady at Gaudel de Stampa; ceramics by Bettina Samson and sculptures by Jacin Giordano evoke pre-Columbian and primitive art forms at Sultana; Marinella Senatore, presented by Laveronica arte contemporanea,  in anticipation of her solo exhibition at the Queens Museum opening April 2017; a site-specific, black box installation by Francisco Ugarte at Arredondo Arozarena; Iranian artists Nazgol Ansarinia and Kamrooz Aram, presented by  Green Art Gallery, who address the social and political consequences of displacement and transition; at MIER Gallery, new paintings by Jan-Ole Schiemann; a survey of works on paper by Mernet Larsen at Various Small Fires; and new paintings by Matthias Dornfeld at Waldburger Wouters. 

This year’s Focus, curated by Jarrett Gregory (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), brings together 12 artists from 10 countries around the idea of social and political awareness during a time of uncertainty. Titled What Is To Be Done?, this section offers in-depth presentations  by artists who employ various methods of engagement to probe the relationship between creation and participation. Highlights include: recent sculptures from the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) that confront the trauma of colonialism, presented jointly by KOW and Galerie Fons Welters; a film by Johan Grimonprez exploring the global arms trade at Sean Kelly; at Rhona Hoffman,  2017 Whitney Biennial artist Deana Lawson’s striking photographs that investigate the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories; an installation by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles at Galerie Peter Kilchmann; Senga Nengudi’s sculptures from the 1970s, presented jointly by Thomas Erben Gallery and Lévy Gorvy; at  10 Chancery Lane Gallery, new works by Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen, who will also be included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Polish artist Roman Opalka’s attempts to paint infinity at Galleria Michela Rizzo; at Vitamin Creative Space, collaborative experiments by Koki Tanaka who represented Japan in the 55th Venice Biennale; and at Artwin Gallery, a new project by Moscow-based artist Anya Titova. 

Debuting in 2017, Platform stages large-scale artworks, installations and site-specific commissions across Piers 92 & 94. The 2017 edition of Platform is curated by Eric Shiner, former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Details of Platform, including the participating artists and galleries, will be announced in 2017. 

Armory Arts Week is a highly anticipated event on the international art calendar, opening the spring art fair season with nine fairs and numerous gallery and museum openings. As part of Armory Arts Week, parallel fairs to The Armory Show include: ADAA: The Art Show, Art on Paper, Independent, Moving Image, NADA, SCOPE, SPRING/BREAK Art Show and VOLTA NY.  

Museum exhibitions concurrently on view include: Video Spotlight: Eko Nugroho at Asia Society, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty at the Brooklyn Museum, Kishio Suga at Dia Art Foundation, BEATRIZ SANTIAGO MUÑOZ: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors at El Museo del Barrio; Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space at The Met Breuer; A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at The Museum of Modern Art; Alexei Jawlensky at Neue Galerie, Liz Glynn: Open House at Public Art Fund, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art.   

FULL EXHIBITOR LIST  

GALLERIES 

11R New York   Aicon Gallery  New York Arario Gallery   Seoul, Cheonan, Shanghai  von Bartha Basel, S-chanf Galleri Bo Bjerggaard   Copenhagen   Blain|Southern London, Berlin Peter Blum Gallery New York  Marianne Boesky Gallery New York, Aspen  Galleri Brandstrup Oslo  The Breeder Athens  Ben Brown Fine Arts London, Hong Kong Buchmann Galerie Berlin, Lugano  Bugada & Cargnel Paris  Cardi Gallery Milan, London Galeria Casado Santapau Madrid David Castillo Gallery Miami Beach  Galerie Bernard Ceysson Paris, Luxembourg, Saint Étienne Silvia Cintra + Box 4 Rio de Janeiro  James Cohan New York  Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana Galeria Vera Cortês Lisbon  Alan Cristea Gallery London  DC Moore New York   Monica De Cardenas Milan, Zuoz Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York Jeffrey Deitch New York  DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM Berlin  galerie frank elbaz Paris Ronald Feldman Fine Arts New York  Fleisher/Ollman Philadelphia  Galerie Forsblom Helsinki, Stockholm Honor Fraser Los Angeles  Hilario Galguera Gallery Mexico City  Galerie Laurent Godin Paris, Howard Greenberg Gallery New York  Kavi Gupta Chicago  Habana Havana  Hales London  Haines Gallery San Francisco Leila Heller Gallery New York, Dubai Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago  Edwynn Houk Gallery New York, Zurich Pippy Houldsworth Gallery London  GALLERY HYUNDAI Seoul  i8 Gallery Reykjavik  INGLEBY Edinburgh  Bernard Jacobson Gallery London  Kadel Willborn Dusseldorf  Kalfayan Athens, Thessaloniki Paul Kasmin Gallery New York  kaufmann repetto  Milan, New York Kayne Griffin Corcoran Los Angeles  Sean Kelly New York   Koenig & Clinton New York  Kohn Gallery Los Angeles König Galerie Berlin  Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo  Andrew Kreps Gallery New York  Galerie Krinzinger Vienna  Galerie Lelong  New York, Paris  Josh Lilley London  Lisson Gallery London, Milan, New York Luce Gallery Turin Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. Bologna, Paris  Ron Mandos Amsterdam  Marlborough Chelsea New York  Marlborough Gallery New York  Mazzoleni Turin, London Fergus McCaffrey New York  kamel mennour  Paris  Yossi Milo Gallery New York  Francesca Minini Milan  Galleria Massimo Minini Brescia  Victoria Miro London  Mizuma Art Gallery Tokyo, Singapore Monitor Rome mor charpentier Paris  Moran Bondaroff Los Angeles   Carolina Nitsch New York  Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris, Brussels OMR Mexico City  On Stellar Rays New York  Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Rome  OSL Contemporary Oslo  Ota Fine Arts Tokyo, Singapore, P420 Bologna  Pace Gallery New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Palo Alto  Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Madrid  Pi Artworks  Istanbul, London Pierogi New York  Plan B Berlin, Cluj Galerie Jérôme Poggi Paris  P.P.O.W New York  Praz-Delavallade Paris, Los Angeles Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich  PROYECTOSMONCLOVA Mexico City  Michel Rein Paris, Brussels Yancey Richardson Gallery New York  Roberts & Tilton Los Angeles Galeria Nara Roesler Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York Ronchini Gallery London  Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, Pantin, Salzburg Lia Rumma Milan, Naples Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin  Marc Selwyn Fine Art Beverly Hills  Jack Shainman Gallery New York, Kinderhook Stuart Shave/Modern Art London Sicardi Gallery Houston  Sies + Höke Dusseldorf  Jessica Silverman Gallery San Francisco   Bruce Silverstein New York  SMAC Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg Fredric Snitzer Gallery Miami  Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles Galeria Luisa Strina Sao Paulo  Tang Contemporary Art Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve  Paris  Timothy Taylor London, New York Galerie Daniel Templon Paris, Brussels Tilton Gallery New York  Two Palms New York  Galerie Georges-Philippe  & Nathalie Vallois Paris  Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, Hong Kong Susanne Vielmetter  Los Angeles Projects Los Angeles Vigo Gallery London  Vilma Gold London  VISTAMARE Pescara  Shoshana Wayne Gallery Santa Monica  WENTRUP Berlin  Wetterling Gallery  Stockholm  White Cube London, Hong Kong  Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery New York   

INSIGHTS 

Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Dusseldorf, Vienna  Bergamin & Gomide Sao Paulo  Jonathan Boos New York, Bloomfield Village Simon Capstick-Dale New York  Cortesi Gallery Lugano, London Crane Kalman Gallery London Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. New York   Galeria Marc Domènech Barcelona  Donald Ellis Gallery New York  Leslie Feely New York  Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese Berlin  Hackett | Mill San Francisco  Carl Hammer Gallery  Chicago  Antoine Helwaser Gallery New York  Hill Gallery Detroit, Birmingham  Michael Hoppen Gallery London  Vivian Horan Fine Art New York  Lyndsey Ingram London  David Klein Gallery Detroit, Birmingham  Lorenzelli Arte Milan  Ludorff Dusseldorf Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. Bologna, Paris  Barbara Mathes Gallery New York  Mayoral Barcelona, Verdu Montrasio Arte / Km0 Monza, Innsbruck, Milan Osborne Samuel London  Repetto Gallery London  Michael Rosenfeld Gallery New York  Richard Saltoun London  Senior & Shopmaker Gallery New York  Setareh Gallery Dusseldorf  Susan Sheehan Gallery New York  Allan Stone Projects New York  Hollis Taggart Galleries New York  Richard Taittinger Gallery New York  Whitestone Gallery Tokyo, Hong Kong Zucker Art Books New York   

PRESENTS 

Sabrina Amrani Madrid   Joël Andrianomeariosa and Manal AlDowayan El Apartamento Havana   Diana Fonseca Arcade London   Caroline Achaintre Arratia Beer Berlin    Matthew Metzger Arredondo Arozarena Mexico City  Francisco Ugarte Nicelle Beauchene Gallery  New York  Ryan Nord Kitchen blank Cape Town  Turiya Magadlela

Bodega New York  Alexandra Noel Callicoon Fine Arts New York  James Hoff Carroll / Fletcher London   Joshua Citarella Anat Ebgi Los Angeles  Martin Basher espaivisor Valencia  Bleda y Rosa and Patricia Gómez & María Jesús González Daniel Faria Gallery Toronto   Shannon Bool and Elizabeth Zvonar Downs & Ross New York  Ragna Bley and Yanyan Huang Gaudel de Stampa Paris    Jill Mulleady and Jessica Warboys Green Art Gallery Dubai   Nazgol Ansarinia and Kamrooz Aram Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Seattle   Zohra Opoku Instituto de Visión Bogota   Sebastián Fierro and Ana Roldán Laveronica arte contemporanea Modica   Marinella Senatore Lyles & King New York  Ethan Greenbaum M+B Los Angeles  Nevine Mahmoud MIER GALLERY Los Angeles  Jan-Ole Schiemann Nicodim Gallery Los Angeles  Ecaterina Vrana Galerie Alberta Pane Paris      Marcos Lutyens and Romina De Novellis sultana Paris    Jacin Giordano and Bettina Samson Galerie Joseph Tang Paris    Jo-ey Tang and Carlos Reyes  Tiwani Contemporary London    Gareth Nyandoro Various Small Fires (VSF) Los Angeles  Mernet Larson Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery New York  Pamela Jorden and Ian Pedigo Waldburger Wouters Brussels   Matthias Dornfeld  

FOCUS 

10 Chancery Lane Gallery  Hong Kong  Tuan Andrew Nguyen APALAZZOGALLERY Brescia  Ibrahim Mahama Artwin Gallery Moscow, Baku Anya Titova Thomas Erben Gallery New York  Senga Nengudi Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago  Deana Lawson Kadel Willborn Dusseldorf  Mathilde Rosier Sean Kelly  New York  Johan Grimonprez Galerie Peter Kilchmann Zurich  Teresa Margolles KOW Berlin   Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) Lévy Gorvy New York,    Senga Nengudi  London, Geneva  Harmony Murphy Gallery Los Angeles  Amna Asghar Galleria Michela Rizzo Venice  Roman Opalka  Vitamin Creative Space Guangzhou  Koki Tanaka  Galerie Fons Welters Amsterdam  Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC)      

The Armory Show The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a definitive cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th and 21st century artworks. Staged on Piers 92 & 94, one of the city’s industrial gems, the fair features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the international art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts. EXHIBITOR HIGHLIGHTS  

The exhibiting galleries compose the fair’s strongest list in years, with a premier selection of new and returning exhibitors across five distinct exhibitor sections: Galleries, Insights, Presents, Focus and Platform. 

  • 210 leading international galleries • 30 countries represented  • 71 new exhibitors • Over 70 solo-artist and dual-artist presentations • 7 new galleries from Asia

  Galleries: The core section of The Armory Show, Galleries features outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks presented by leading international galleries. 

Insights: Dedicated exclusively to 20th century artworks, Insights emphasizes solo-artist, dual-artist and thematic presentations.  

Presents: Presents is a platform for young galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recent work from emerging artists. Solo-artist and dual-artist presentations spotlight the next generation of artistic talents, which visitors can discover in this in-depth and intimate setting. 

Focus: Focus realizes the vision of an annually appointed curator through a selection of new or rarely seen work by today’s most relevant and compelling artists. This year, 12 solo-artist presentations have been organized specifically for The Armory Show under the direction of Jarrett Gregory.  Platform: Debuting in 2017, Platform stages 13 large-scale artworks, installations and site-specific commissions across Piers 92 & 94, curated in its inaugural edition by Eric Shiner.

FOCUS HIGHLIGHTS 

Focus realizes the vision of an annually appointed curator through a selection of new or rarely seen work by today’s most relevant and compelling artists.  

This year, 12 solo-artist presentations have been organized specifically for The Armory Show under the direction of Jarrett Gregory. Titled What Is To Be Done?, this year’s Focus section includes a diverse group of artists grappling with some of the world’s most pressing social and political issues. 

What Is To Be Done? borrows its title from Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s eponymous 1863 novel, composed while the author was imprisoned. Through constructed characters and storylines, What Is To Be Done? laid the groundwork for Russia’s socialist revolution and is considered to be one of the most influential works of Russian literature.   

Gregory cites the artist Jimmie Durham as a source of inspiration for her curatorial statement. In his text “Creativity and the Social Process,” Durham argues for art that does not speak to other art, but that speaks to life: “To use art as an escape,” he writes, “is a sign of inhumanity.” What Is To Be Done? takes this statement as a point of departure, bringing together artists who employ various methods of engagement to probe the relationship between creation and participation. 

“Each artist demonstrates an acute awareness of his or her local conditions as well as the failing structures, conflicts and ideologies that define our era,” says Gregory. “This project emerged from conversations with artists during trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Moscow, where I witnessed, among other things, the aftermath of widespread social and economic failure. Following this research, power structures have been at the forefront of my mind.” 

Highlights include new works by American-born Pakistani artist Amna Asghar whose work reflects on the exchange of imagery between East and West; sculptures from the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) that confront the trauma of colonialism; a film by Johan Grimonprez exploring the global arms trade; Deana Lawson’s striking photographs, which investigate the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories; a new installation by Ibrahim Mahama; an installation by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles; Senga Nengudi’s sculptures from the 1970s; new works by Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen; Polish artist Roman Opalka’s attempts to paint infinity; a video and installation by Mathilde Rosier; collaborative experiments by Koki Tanaka, who represented Japan in the 55th Venice Biennale; and a new project by Moscow-based artist Anya Titova.

PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS 

Debuting in 2017, Platform stages large-scale artworks, installations and site-specific commissions across Piers 92 & 94. Artists and galleries are invited by an appointed curator to realize ambitious projects that activate the fair’s unique industrial space. 

The 2017 edition of Platform, entitled An Incident and curated by Eric Shiner, features 13 internationally acclaimed artists. Situated across the fair’s 250,000 square feet of exhibition space, Platform offers an opportunity for galleries to showcase artworks that extend beyond the traditional booth context.  

Participating artists include: Abel Barroso, Patricia Cronin, Douglas Coupland, Abigail DeVille, Sebastian Errazuriz, Dorian Gaudin, Jun Kaneko, Per Kirkeby, Yayoi Kusama, Iván Navarro, Evan Roth, Fiete Stolte, Lawrence Weiner and Ai Weiwei.  

“With my selection of artists, I endeavor to present a series of incidents that start to change our relationship with the art fair—a series of happenings, interactive works, objects and images that make the viewer take pause, think, refresh, smile, and remember that art, by its very nature, is meant to provoke, incite and challenge,” says Eric Shiner.  “It is my hope that the artists and works included in An Incident will bring a new energy to the art fair model, encouraging visitors to share in the moment, and to enjoy the phenomenal offerings in vendors’ booths with gusto.” 

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