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Monday, March 8th, 2010

The Armory Show 2010: A photo journal


AGAINST THE WIND

Huddled art masses brave the Hudson River elements.

Huddled art masses brave the Hudson River elements.

CHAMPAGNE ON ICE

Public Lounge and launch point.

Public Lounge and launch point.

A remarkable swell took place after the doors opened, and not just fare-goers making for the various courtesy bars. The powerful and glamorous A-list crowd amassed quickly, imbibed, and prepared to consume art. The mood was generally upbeat and optimistic, if not exactly replicating the feeding frenzy of the “bubble” years.

INEFFABLE OBJECTS OF DISPLACED DESIRE

General audience member seeks the joys of nonspecific gratification.

General audience member seeks the joys of nonspecific gratification.

THE SWEET SMELL OF TRANSGRESSION

Richard Phillips at White Cube.

Richard Phillips at White Cube.

Power Londoner Jay Jopling’s White Cube was right at the entrance, with a “real” Damien Hirst skull painting, a wall-scaled Gilbert and George and a seductively ominous work by New Yorker Phillips.

DEEP CONVERSATION

Artist Adam McEwen with dealer Nicole Klagsbrun.

Artist Adam McEwen with dealer Nicole Klagsbrun.

Perhaps they are discussing how you can display a giant yellow swastika and not have that be offensive. McEwen’s solo, “I Am Curious Yellow,” complete with matching carpet, aimed only to please.

SHIVER ME TIMBERS

A towering aluminum pirate from Peter Coffin.

A towering aluminum pirate from Peter Coffin.

Paris’s Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin continues to showcase flashy theatrical work from a cutting-edge international stable, very art-fair friendly. New Yorker Coffin’s absurdist hero was one of the few literally over-the-top pieces to be seen this year.

HAVE NUDE, WILL TRAVEL

John Wesley packs for the road.

John Wesley packs for the road.

Veteran master of pop figuration Wesley made a statement with this utilitarian suitcase at the booth of Chelsea gallerists Fredericks Freiser.

GERING IN FLIGHT

Silhouetted dealer moves within her Todd James.

Silhouetted dealer moves within her Todd James.

57th Street dealer Sandra Gering, now partnered with Madrid’s Javier Lopez, showcases a range of punchy, graphics-oriented work, including this wall-scaled gouache and graphite piece by James.

PYROTECHNICS AND PASSIONS

James Nares with recent soulmate Elizabeth Blake, igniting affect.

James Nares with recent soulmate Elizabeth Blake, igniting affect.

Nares strong solo at the large, centrally-positioned booth of Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin, featured huge iridescent iconic brushstrokes isolated against dark saturated colored grounds. One of Nares’s movies, with its percussive formal manipulations, was also on hand, adding ambience.

STRIPES AND STRIATIONS

Painter Eva Lundsager launches her solo.

Painter Eva Lundsager launches her solo.

In from St. Louis for a brief 36-hour stay, abstractionist Lundsager was working with Greenberg Van Doren Gallery to plan her solo exhibition, slated for the weekend. A representative work hangs behind her in the storage closet. “I love being here,” she said of New York and its buzzy environs, formerly her home.

A DISCERNING EYE

Painter Paul Pagk stares down the competition.

Painter Paul Pagk stares down the competition.

I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR

Augusto Arbizo of Eleven Rivington catches some light off of his Jacob Kassay paintings.

Augusto Arbizo of Eleven Rivington catches some light off of his Jacob Kassay paintings.

“They’re acrylic with silver plating,” he explained. “They’re very temporal.” Best of all, “they kind of record you,” he elaborated. This might explain their popularity. Both works were sold—and Kassay is among the fair’s “hot” young artists.

ALL DRESSED UP AND…

No place to sit. The VIP Lounge runneth over.

No place to sit. The VIP Lounge runneth over.

It turned out the lattes were free, if you know Armory Fair-founder Paul Morris, or had another “in.” It seemed like more people were “VIP” than not, judging by the shortage of seating. We’ll see how many make it to the MoMA party, still standing.


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