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The Armory Show 2010: A photo journal


AGAINST THE WIND CHAMPAGNE ON ICE 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…


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MoMA’s After-Party for The Armory Show: A photo journal


IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR A young, buoyant crowd, enlivened by the day’s nonstop art crush, landed on West 53rd Street to let loose at The Armory after-party to benefit The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. A VIEW FROM A BRIDGE BACKED BY MOMA DONORS PERFECT CRANIUM THREE MUSES MUSTACHIOED CONNECTION…


Mother-and-son team Joan Washburn and Brian Washburn place themselves in painting’s expansive field.

The Armory Show Modern (Pier 92): A photo journal


“The second year looks good,” commented Washburn, the type of dealer who makes returning to The Armory Fair Modern a pleasure.


The Art Show 2010: A photo journal


FORTIFIED ART VAULT Timed to open the same week as The Armory Show on the piers, the ADAA’s long-running fair is Blue Chip city, with high-end historical and contemporary offerings. The name confusion between the two fairs is an ongoing source of befuddlement to the general public—and probably part of some larger, intentional strategy. ROLLING…


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The Independent Show (West 22nd Street) A photo journal


ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER The neon sign over the door by Paris-based collective Claire Fontaine suggests a Dante-esque Divine Comedy awaits. “Part consortium, part collective,” is what Independent art fair called itself, as launched by gallerists Elizabeth Dee (X Initiative, N.Y.) and Darren Flook (Hotel, London). Making use of the former Dia Art Foundation’s…


Clintel Steed at the Bridge Art Fair


Clintel Steed Mark Borghi Fine Arts Bridge Art Fair Clintel Steed’s powerful new paintings are among the best works on view at this year’s youthful, bustling – and very fun – Bridge Art Fair. Grouped generously in Mark Borghi’s gallery space, Steed’s large canvasses are a perfect fit for the setting; arresting and sustaining as…


The Armory Show 2009


The Armory Show 2009 opened today. artcritical editor DAVID COHENwas there with his iPhone Armory, First Day Weigh-In What’s the best way to cope with a Recession–if you’re in the artworld? Expand. And how must you behave? With utter nonchalance, of course. Hence the Armory–not content simply to be the behemoth fair of contemporary, primary-market work, now…


THE MIAMI DIARIES – John Zinsser’s dispatches from the fairest city


Even for seasoned navigators, there’s a lot of getting lost to be done in Miami, with everything oriented NE, NW, condo towers being built everywhere blocking one-way streets. Looking for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) near downtown, we first passed a group of boxy nightclub buildings. These are the after-hours places, which pick up…