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  • Marc Quinn, Emperor Penguins Hunting Ground, 2009. Galerie Thomas Modern.

  • Matthew Brandt, Heart Lake, 2013. Yossi Milo Gallery.

  • Catherine Yass, Lighthouse (East), 2011. Galerie Lelong.


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The Armory Show 2015

This year’s Armory Show, which was held form March 5-8 at Piers 92 & 94 in the heart of central Manhattan, was a great success, with galleries reporting strong sales and an impressive flow of collectors, critics, curators and art lovers from all over the world taking over its venues. New York’s oldest fair for modern and contemporary art brought together more than 1,500 artists from 199 galleries across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, consolidating itself as one of the leading art fairs both in the USA and international art circuit. Offering a well-curated programming and with a dynamic list of exhibitors, The Armory Show was also accompanied by an interesting selection of satellite events, museum openings and exhibitions – the famous Armory Arts Week that focuses on non-profit cultural organizations and promotes a different New York neighborhood each day.

Pier 94-Contmeporary staged this year a special international Focus (Focus: MENAM), featuring 15 galleries from the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Curated by Omar Kholeif and organized in collaboration with lead cultural partner Edge of Arabia and education partner Art Jameel, MENAM featured new and recent works by artists coming from the broader context of the Middle East and its regions. MENAM was also accompanied by The Way Things Can Go, this year’s Symposium that was organized by Fawz Kabra, Assistant Curator of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Abu Dhabi Project, hosting two days of “dialogue and exchange”. Art Jameel and Edge of Arabia were also involved in the launch of FREEWAY, an artist-led online Broadcast Platform, as well as in the latest iteration of the CULTURUNNERS project, which consisted in a retrofitted Gulf Stream RV on site throughout Armory Week that highlighted artist collaborations and technologies, connecting Focus: MENAM with communities across New York.

Pier 92-Modern staged a large selection of thematic booths that included a series of works from the Zero Group at BECK & EGGELING (Dusseldorf) and Setareh Gallery (Dusseldorf), a selection of prints and gouaches by Bridget Riley from 1986 – 1995 at Sims Reed Gallery (London), and works from the Gutai group at Whitestone (Tokyo). Solo booths had generally a strong presence at both Pier 92 & 94 venues, including retrospectives of Daniel Buren and Irma Blank, as well as solo presentations of Joe Reihsen and Rafael Rozendaal. Pier 92 also hosted a series of special projects, inspired by Focus: MENAM, which included an exhibition by Iranian artist Parviv Tanavoli, as well as a limited edition work in the Public Lounge by Lebanese designer Carlo Massoud, presented by Carwan Gallery (Beirut). Last but not least, the Armory Presents section featured galleries less than ten years old, while Artsy, Armory Show’s official digital partner, invited artist Hank Willis Thomas to transform its booth into “an interactive, text-based environment activated by the camera flash on visitors’ mobile phones”.