The Armory Show

Alexandra Peers has a good review of the Armory show.  The show is being held at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City, and has about 200 dealers showing.  Additionally there are numerous other art shows in and around the City, so the week is a big one for art circles in New York.

According to Peers, this years show is a bit different, geared more to a younger collector and the results seem to be very positive with strong sales being reported.

Peers reports
But the mood at Armory is good this year. At Wednesday's art-world-celeb-studded VIP night, Koh noted, "It's a happy energy, and it's not just the weather. People are enjoying themselves again." The Broads, who are among of the world's biggest contemporary art collectors, said they bought a Cindy Sherman "Murder Mystery" collage series from Metro Pictures Gallery at another of the art fairs and were still shopping at the Piers when we caught up to them. This year’s Armory Show is "more organized," said Mr. Broad. Added Gagosian Gallery director John Good, "It's grown-up," this year.

Sales so far: Blockbuster purchases at David Zwirner. His silkscreen posters by Frankfurt artist Michael Riedel sold out at about $50,000 a pop almost immediately. (Among other works, Riedel is famous for "Neo," his show of photographs of the paintings by fellow Zwirner artist Neo Rauch.) Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Scandinavian Pain,” an acid-pink sign on exhibit from an Icelandic gallery, has also already sold. Berlin’s Spruth Magers also sold several works, including a Sherman, while business was brisk at Marlborough Gallery, and Edward Tyler Nahem made several sales of new work from Andres Serrano’s “Anarchy” series; the artist also stopped by the fair.

The Paul Kasmin Gallery brought work by a dozen artists, including Nir Hod's "The Night You Left," an oil-on-mirror work, and by Saint Clair Cemin, whose "Father," a sculpture of a giant shoe in a cage, was among the most striking works at the fair. Kasmin’s gallery will have a major show of Cemin works this fall, the dealer explained.

Overall, there is no recession evident in at least some echelons of the art world. In the booth of leading Los Angeles dealer Marc Selwyn, collectors were so bummed he'd sold his Carl Andre — among other pieces — earlier in the day that they sputtered as if it was careless of him not to have brought more. Given the "happy" mood, maybe, it was.
Source: Vulture 

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