Armory Show 2013
I spent the better-part of the last few days at the 100th anniversary Armory Show 2013. We spent all day Wednesday, most of Thursday and part of Friday in both piers then we headed over to the Armory for the Dealers show. This enormous art exhibition covers Modern through Contemporary from artists beginning to emerge through standard blue chip artists. I saw only one encaustic painting in Pier 94 at the booth of Galerie Daniel Templon by Philippe Cognee. It was large and impressive.
I would say that Wednesday by 5pm I was in sensory overload. I felt like I was floating, then we realized that we hadn’t eaten, so we stopped for a bite and deflated. We didn’t buy anything on this trip but there were at least a few artists that stood out. New artists (to me) included Andy Denzler and Larry Poons and their work knocked my socks off. Stone Roberts also impressed me as an incredibly competent painter. The Rosenfeld Gallery in NYC had an impressive booth filled with collage artists, many of whom I did not know. I have included them in my Collage Artists Board. Stephen Balkenhol and Donald Sultan really spoke to me at this show. There was no shortage of Robert Motherwell, Franz Klein, David Hockney, Tom Wesselmann, Philip Guston, John Chamberlain, Cy Twombley and I’m sure there are more, lots more.
by Kara Brook
The Armony show, 1913
In 1913, AAPS organized the Armory Show. By this time, the purview of AAPS had expanded to include bringing the newest European art to American audiences. The president of AAPS opened the show with these words: The members of this association have shown you that American artists—young American artists, that is—do not dread, and have no need to dread, the ideas or culture of Europe. They believe that in the domain of art only the best should rule. This exhibition will be epoch making in the history of American art. Tonight will be the red-letter night in the history of not only of American but of all modern art. The members of the association felt that it was time the American people had an opportunity to see and judge for themselves concerning the work of the Europeans who are creating a new art.