The Armory Show one of the top art fairs throughout the world took over our city last week.The show brings the most respectable artist, galleries, collectors, critics, curators and art enthusiasts to New York City every first week of March. During Armory Week the city becomes a wanderlust land filled with exciting art events for all ages. Exhibitions at piers 92 devoted to the Modern art period, pier 94 caters to Contemporary Art along with many other Art fairs taking place throughout different venues all over the city. Every year the show brings international focus to different region of the world. This year the armory’s focus was MENAM where 15 galleries from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean were invited to be part of the Armory curated by Omar Kholeif.Turbulence (Black) installation by Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum was a minimal but powerful piece. Hatoum’s works are inspired by the effects of displacement due to the Palestinian exile and related themes involving home, violence and vulnerability.Jack Shainman’s booth was one of my personal favorites. Art installations from Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui were draped along the walls composed by several discarded liquor bottle caps.The #ArtsyTakeOver an ongoing project where Artsy invites contemporary artists to transform spaces at art fairs was one of the most instagram and talked about presentation. Hank Willis Thomas created an interactive booth with a text filled column that activated with the flash from cell phone cameras. My shot at the booth was chosen as one of the winners of the #ArmoryThrowback contest by The Armory Show Instagram account. Another interactive presentation was The New(er) Middle East, 2007 by Oraib Toukan, a magnetic puzzle of a territorial map of the Middle East.Translated Vase series by Korean artist Yeesookyung inspired by the Japanese art of mending ceramics with gold (kintsugi) and traditional Korean white and celadon porcelain.OHWOW’s booth at The Armory Show 2015Eleven Rivington Booth at the Armory Show 2015Marc Quinn’s Emperor Penguins Hunting Ground Toylim neon Plexiglass installation by Berta Fischer
If you missed the show this year make sure to save the date for 2016. You won’t regret it.
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