14th June 2010
New York’s 12th Armory Show pays homage to German Contemporary Art – Sophia Celeste investigates for The Luxury Channel….
The Armory Show, International Fair of New Art, was started by four New York art dealers at The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair in 1994. It takes its name from the 1913 Armory Show, which served to introduce European masters, such as Matisse and Seurat, to America.
The annual Armory Show, the largest contemporary art exhibition in the United States, is a chance for up-and-coming artists to make a name for themselves.
This year, the fair is dedicating 22 galleries to Berlin artists, such as painter Wolfgang Betke. For this artist, the Amory Show represents an opportunity for him to make contacts on an international scale. “I’m grateful I can be here. Now I feel that the cards will definitely be shuffled,” said Wolfgang.
Throngs of international collectors and art lovers milled through the busy fairgrounds, eyeing his work as well as eclectic pieces from nearly 300 galleries and 31 countries worldwide.
“Our goal is to cross-pollinate art communities,” says the Armory Show’s Executive Director Katelijne De Backer, noting that Berlin’s artists have the ability to take risks. “We want our Berlin dealers to benefit from the vitality of Armory Arts Week and for New York City to benefit from Berlin’s creativity.”
New exhibitors this year include artists from New York’s Lower East Side like Lisa Cooley Fine Art, Eleven Rivington, James Fuentes, Laurel Gitlen, Simon Preston Gallery, Rental and Rachel Uffner Gallery.
Major galleries are also returning, such as 303 Gallery, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Hauser & Wirth, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Yvon Lambert, Lisson Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Victoria Miro, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Daniel Templon, Galerie Thomas, White Cube, Zeno X Gallery and David Zwirner.
Despite the international presence – with galleries represented from Tel Aviv to Helsinki – the New York artists set the scene at Pier 92 and 94 on the Midwest shore of Manhattan.