The Armory Show announced on Monday the participating galleries for the 2016 edition, taking place March 3-6, 2016, in New York City. Established in 1994 and held annually on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show is New York’s premier international art fair. In its 22nd year, The Armory Show will host 204 galleries from 36 countries worldwide – the fair’s largest international representation to date.
While the presence of American and European galleries remains extremely strong, exhibitors from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America represent a growing proportion of the fair’s international exhibitors. The galleries represented at The Armory Show 2016 have locations in: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Pier 94 – Contemporary will feature 113 premier galleries. Joining the strong list of returning galleries is an international roster of new exhibitors for 2016 including: Laura Bartlett Gallery (London), Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Berlin), Galerie Bugada & Cargnel (Paris), Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), Galeria Fortes Vilaça (Sao Paulo), Goodman Gallery(Johannesburg, Cape Town), Bruce Haines (London), Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago), INK Studio (Beijing), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Magazzino (Rome), OMR (Mexico City), Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo), Galerie Francesca Pia (Zurich), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), STEVENSON (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Galeria Luisa Strina (Sao Paulo), Timothy Taylor Gallery (London), Vilma Gold (London), Vistamare(Pescara) and WENTRUP (Berlin).
Galleries exhibiting for the first time include: Hezi Cohen Gallery (Tel Aviv), Vera Cortês Art Agency (Lisbon), Habana (Havana), Kadel Willborn (Dusseldorf), Meessen De Clercq (Brussels), Francesca Minini (Milan), Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, Cape Town), MOT International (London) and SIM Galeria (Curitiba).
Highlights from Pier 94 – Contemporary include a number of stand-out solo presentations: at Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Berlin) visitors will experience mixed-media works by post-internet artist Yves Scherer. Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin) will present new works by the influential German painter, Daniel Richter. At Gallery Espace (New Delhi), three decades of print works by Indian-born Zarina Hashmi. Hales Gallery (London) will present recent works by the renowned Guyana-born British painter, Frank Bowling. Galerie Nordenhake (Berlin, Stockholm) will show an extraordinary selection of John Coplans’s austere photographic self-portraits. And Praz-Delavallade (Paris) will exhibit Matthew Brandt, the American-born photographer whose work continually pushes the bounds of his medium.
Elsewhere on Pier 94 – Contemporary, visitors will find works by the most sought-after artists today including: recent sculptures by Frank Stella at Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York); new works from German-born photographer Candida Höfer’s St. Petersburg series at Ben Brown Fine Arts (London, Hong Kong), Lucio Fontana and Pino Pinelli at Cardi (Milan); photographs by Carrie Mae Weems at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London); Alberto Burri and Nunzio di Stefano at Mazzoleni (Turin, London); a new "mental map" painting by Franz Ackermann at Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris, Brussels); and collaborative etchings by Elizabeth Peyton and Matthew Barney at Two Palms (New York).
Pier 92 – Modern will feature 55 galleries presenting modern masterworks from the 20th Century. New exhibitors for 2016 include: Aicon Gallery (New York), Gana Art (Seoul, Busan) and Ludorff (Dusseldorf). Galleries exhibiting for the first time include: 401contemporary (Berlin), Bernard Ceysson (Luxembourg), Cortesi Gallery (Lugano), Donald Ellis Gallery (New York), Michael Hoppen (London) Montrasio Arte / Km0 (Monza, Innsbruck, Milan) and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects (New York).
Highlights from Pier 92 – Modern include a number of museum-quality presentations and historical surveys: works from Alexander Calder at Jonathan Boos (New York) to Milton Avery at DC Moore Gallery (New York) to Marsden Hartley at James Reinish & Associates, Inc. (New York), will round out a strong presentation of American modernist masters. Visitors will discover exciting pieces from the Zero Movement, including metal reliefs, sculpture and kinetic works by Heinz Mack at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art (Dusseldorf) and sculpture by Agostino Bonalumi at Cortesi Gallery (Lugano, London). Mayoral (Barcelona, Verdú) will recreate Jean Miro’s studio, complete with over 25 paintings and drawings made in the post-war period. Montrasio Arte / Km0 (Monza, Innsbruck, Milan) will bring together Joseph Beuys and Salvatore Scarpitta in a comparative survey. Louis Stern Fine Arts (West Hollywood) will present artist-couple and pioneers of hard-edge painting, Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg with works rarely exhibited beyond the West Coast. At John Szoke Gallery (New York), drawings, prints and paintings by Pablo Picasso will trace specific themes in the artist’s oeuvre.
Armory Presents, now in its third edition, highlights the programs of emerging galleries with single- and dual-artist presentations by galleries fewer than ten years old. Highlights from this section include: Ed Fornieles, who will activate his Fox persona at Carlos/Ishikawa (London), turning the booth into an interactive data hub. Julian Charrière will melt, transmute and amalgamate elements of modern technology to create a unique sculptural installation at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM (Berlin). Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto) will exhibit two recent bodies of work from Canadian-born and internationally recognized polymath Douglas Coupland. At Garth Greenan Gallery (New York), new and historical works by Gladys Nilsson will be juxtaposed against the contemporary presentations. The American photographer and sculptor Letha Wilson will have her first solo art fair presentation with Higher Pictures (New York). At Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York), David Scanavino will create a sculptural environment, covering the floor wall-to-wall with colorful linoleum tiles.
Armory Focus, now in its seventh edition, is an invitational section on Pier 94 that highlights the artistic landscape of a different region each year. Focus: African Perspectives – Spotlighting Artistic Practices of Global Contemporaries, moves beyond conventional ideas of the African continent and its “counterpart,” “the Western hemisphere,” providing a glimpse of international artistic production from contemporary African viewpoints. The 2016 Armory Focus is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of Contemporary And (C&), an online platform for international art from African perspectives.
For the first time in the history of The Armory Show, the fair will welcome galleries from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria. Additionally, other countries represented include: France, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each booth will feature a solo or dual presentation, highlighting emerging and established artists from Africa and the African Diaspora.
Presentation highlights include: Art Twenty One (Lagos) will present the photographic works of half-Guinean, half-Swiss photographer, Namsa Leuba, whose theatric imagery combines an interest in anthropology, performance and fashion. Blank will present the work of FNB Art Prize-winner Turiya Magadlela: By stretching and folding common cloths such as sheeting and nylon across wooden frames, Magadlela creates soft, sometimes translucent large-scale panels reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi) will exhibit the work of Kenyan-born and Rotterdam based multimedia artist, Ato Malinda, whose three video installations and a twelve part photography series address the intersectionality of lesbian, African, Diaspora and queer aesthetics within and outside the LGBT community. Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle) will present Nigerian-born Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, whose drawings depict a floating and quasi-evanescent universe, filled with dream-like creatures that emphasize her nomadic worldview. Vigo Gallery (London) will present rare, museum-quality works from the 1960s to present by revered Sudanese painter, Ibrahim El-Salahi. This extraordinary presentation includes works exhibited in Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist at the Tate Modern in 2013. A recently completed black and white painting, as well as a very significant pen and ink drawing from the 1960s, will both be shown for the first time. Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin) and Galerie Jérôme Poggi (Paris) will dually present Armory Commissioned Artist, Kapwani Kiwanga. Kiwanga’s Commission will consist of a new project specially conceived for The Armory Show and realized by Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin). Kiwanga has a versatile practice that often takes shape through video, sound and performance, relying on ephemera and collective history to form the bases of her approach.
The Armory Show 2016 Show Dates
March 3-6, 2016
Piers 92 & 94
12th Avenue at 55th Street
New York City