New York's Armory Show is an international art event that brings together leading galleries and exhibitors as well as art oficionados and fans. The show is one of the leading contemporary and modern art fairs in the world and takes place every March on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan. It has been an annual event for the last 15 years and it's 2013 event is highly anticipated. The Armory Show's website states that they are devoted to "showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world's leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week."
The show is the largest art fair in New York and is visited by thousands of people each March. In the past it has shown contemporary works by the likes of Picasso and Pollock as well as new, lesser known but cutting edge artists.
"Organized by The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week has emerged as one of liveliest moments in New York's already rich cultural calendar, with a number of smaller art fairs temporarily alighting throughout the city and the major museums staging their marquee exhibitions to coincide with the fair," says the Armory Show's website.
The show was founded in 1994 by Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris and was first named the Gramercy International Art Fair due to its location at the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999 the show got its current title after it moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Manhattan's Lexington Ave. It was named after a 1913 exhibition of the same name that took place in the building that showcased avant-garde European artists.
"This original Armory Show is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York, and its eclectic and unorthodox mix of genres, juxtaposing Vincent van Gogh alongside Marcel Duchamp and Edward Hopper, has been a source of inspiration for ensuing decades and continues to linger today, 100 years later," says The Armory Show's website.
The show takes place from March 7-10 and is open to the public. They also have an OPEN FORUM lecture series curated by Anne Barlow who is Executive Director of Art in General.
"I am excited to organize the Open Forum on the 100th Anniversary of the Armory Show as this offers the chance to look back at a seminal moment in the history of modern art in America, while discussing ideas around 'contemporaneity' and emerging art practices today," said Barlow in a press release. "It has been rewarding to work with brilliant speakers on a range of talks from art historical discussions to debates around the commissioning of experimental new work within the context of an art fair."
General Admission $30
Groups (10+) $15
Run of Show Pass (4 day) $60
The Armory Show / Volta NY Pass $40
For more information check out the Armory Show's website.
To see a preview of the show, see Artsy.
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