The 2020 edition of The Armory Show, taking place from March 5th–8th in New York’s Midtown Manhattan at Piers 90 and 94, will bring together 183 exhibitors from 32 countries, including 30 first-time exhibitors in an expanded curatorial programme.
The upcoming edition will see 125 returning exhibitors, including 303 Gallery (New York), Sean Kelly (New York, Taipei), Victoria Miro (London, Venice), Galerie Templon (Paris, Brussels), and Zeno X Gallery (Antwerp). In addition, 30 exhibitors will debut at the fair and 28 will re-join, among them Brooke Alexander (New York), Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), Carbon 12 (Dubai), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (New York, London, Paris, San Francisco), Chambers Fine Art (New York), Gagosian (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Le Bourget, Basel, Athens, Geneva, Hong Kong), Garth Greenan Gallery (New York), Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London), Kasmin (New York), Simon Lee Gallery (London, New York, Hong Kong), Barbara Mathes Gallery (New York), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), and Richard Saltoun (London).
The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery, and patronage in the visual arts.
The Armory Show was founded by four New York gallerists – Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris – who sought a platform to present and promote new voices in the visual arts. In its 25 years, The Armory Show has stayed firm to its mission while establishing itself as an unmissable art event set in the heart of New York City.
The 2020 curatorial team is exclusively female and includes:
* Jamillah James, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, for the Focus section
* Anne Ellegood, Executive Director of the ICA LA, for the Platform section
* Nora Abrams, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, for the Perspectives section
Nicole Berry, Executive Director of The Armory Show, remarks: “With more than a quarter century of tradition in Manhattan, The Armory Show is New York’s most storied art fair, and an essential opportunity for international and national galleries to connect with a key North American audience of collectors, curators, and institutions. We have created a comprehensive platform for serious and ambitious presentations by galleries of all sizes, reaches, and years of experience—from global powerhouses to regional leaders and those just beginning to gain recognition. We are proud that many galleries who started at The Armory Show have gone on to achieve incredible success in the industry.”
The 2020 edition will feature many notable thematic and solo-artist presentations within Galleries, the fair’s core section. Presentation highlights include:
- Simon Lee Gallery (London, New York, Hong Kong), an exploration of painting’s two-dimensionality, providing exceptional interpretations of medium and material by artists such as Donna Huanca, Claudio Parmiggiani, and Toby Ziegler
- An installation of collages by the late multi-hyphenate artist Jonas Mekas, presented by APALAZZOGALLERY (Brescia)
- A survey of sculptures and drawings by Mel Kendrick at David Nolan Gallery (New York)
- A presentation of works by or inspired by the pioneering multimedia artist Hannah Wilke at Ronald Feldman Gallery (New York)
- At Jeffrey Deitch (New York, Los Angeles), an interactive installation comprising new paintings and sculptures by Austin Lee
- Leonardo Drew’s recent body of wall sculptures, made with Chinese porcelain and wood while the artist was in China, presented by Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore)
The 2020 edition will feature an expanded curatorial program, with for the first time in the fair’s history, an entire pier devoted to curator-led initiatives—with Pier 90 encompassing Perspectives, the Focus section, and a selection of Platform projects.
- Perspectives, the newest exhibitor section, will be dedicated to historical material viewed through a contemporary lens, bringing together both established and emerging exhibitors.
- Focus, organized by Jamillah James (Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), will consider the ways in which artists construct a version of reality or self where the boundaries between fact and fiction are indistinct. Taken as a whole, Focus: Another time, another place is an open-ended proposition that asks how history functions when the present is constantly accelerating, and how much agency individuals or communities have in narrating their experiences and making new worlds.
- Platform, a curated section offering artists the opportunity to realize large-scale installations and site-specific work, is organized by Anne Ellegood (Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). Large-scale projects will address how techniques of satire and caricature have been used historically in art and literature as sharp tools of social critique. The full list of participating artists and galleries will be announced in early 2020.
Armory Arts Week
As the marquee event during Armory Arts Week, The Armory Show, with its extensive VIP Program, will unfold during a week of museum and gallery openings city-wide—reaffirming the position of Armory Arts Week as New York’s most important arts week and a destination for both regional and international collectors, artists, and museum leaders.
VIP Preview Day (invitation only)
Wednesday March 4th, 2020
Thursday, March 5th-Sunday, March 8th, 2020