The Armory Show closed on Sunday 11 March with outstanding and consistent sales ranging from four to seven figures throughout the week, and a robust turnout of collectors from across the United States. Exhibitors noted the significant presence of curators and museum patron groups during the fair, in addition to numerous institutional acquisitions. Eyeline contemporary art magazine was available to attendees in the Reading Room.
Nicole Berry, Executive Director, The Armory Show, remarks: “An enhanced visitor experience resulted from layout improvements such as a more open floorplan, additional lounge areas and site-responsive works that made up Jen Mergel’s Platform section. A mindful rebalancing that favored larger booth size over exhibitor count in the Galleries section elevated the overall quality of presentations at the fair. Gabriel Ritter’s Focus section transformed the feel of Pier 92 adding a new energy. Many visitors also praised the high quality of work in the Insights section. In addition to the extraordinary art on display, the inaugural Curatorial Leadership Summit was a celebrated addition bringing over 75 curators and many of their patrons to the fair. Exhibitors and collectors alike said that this was the best Armory Show in years. We look forward to planning our 25th anniversary next year.”
The inaugural Curatorial Leadership Summit, chaired by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, convened over 75 curators for a daylong program that aimed to foster innovation in the curatorial landscape.
blank projects (Cape Town) was the winner of the Presents Booth Prize, supported by Athena Art Finance. By a majority decision, the international jury awarded blank projects a $10,000 prize for its exemplary presentation of Igshaan Adams and Cinga Samson.
The jury was comprised of international collectors and curators: Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Glenn Fuhrman, Collector and Founder of FLAG Art Foundation; Marguerite Hoffman, Collector; and Pamela Joyner, Collector and Philanthropist.
Perrotin @ The Armory Show 2018. Photo by Teddy Wolff.