THE ARMORY SHOW: reports 2017
March 6, 2017
Installation view of Downs & Ross’s booth at The Armory Show, 2017. Photo by Adam Reich
New Floor Plan, More Notable Galleries and Improved Quality of Art Draw Critical Praise, Record VIP Attendance and Marked Uptick in Sales.
The 2017 edition of The Armory Show closed on Sunday, March 5, with robust sales reported over five days across all levels of the market, ranging from four to seven figures. Staged amid a redesigned floor plan that saw wider aisles, larger lounge spaces and fewer small booths, the fair’s 210 exhibitors hailed from 30 countries and exhibited artworks ranging from groundbreaking new media to modern masterpieces. The world’s leading collectors, both private and institutional, came out in record strength, demonstrating an appetite for modern and contemporary artwork of the highest quality. The fair saw a noted increase in attendance throughout the week. With outstanding curatorial displays, over 70 galleries exhibited solo-artist and dual-artist booths throughout Piers 92 & 94, with an emphasis on artist debuts and new artworks commissioned for the fair.
Presented in Marseille
ART BASEL HONG KONG
A premier program of films and videos works
February 23, 2017
From March 20 to March 25, 2017, Art Basel will present a premier program of over 30 film and video works at its Hong Kong show. Following the successful addition of feature-length films to the program last year, a new selection will be screened this March.
Highlights include the world premiere of ‘My Dear Art’ (2017), a film about Taiwanese art collector Yao Chien; ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’ (2016), a documentary about Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and his pyrotechnic art; and Ho Tzu Nyen’s film ‘The Nameless’ (2015), which tells the story of Lai Teck, a Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party during the 1930s and 1940s who simultaneously worked as an agent for several governments. The program also includes 34 short films by Yuri Ancarani, Boo Junfeng, Chen Shaoxiong, Gabriel Lester, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Shen Shaomin and Zheng Chongbin among many others. Selected from the show's participating galleries, the Short Film Program has been curated for the fourth year by Beijing- and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua.
This year both programs, the feature-length films as well as the Short Film Program, will be screened at Theatre 2 within the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The show takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 23 to March 25, 2017.
ART BRUSSELS: new look
February 17, 2017
A new brand profile from international firm Base Design offers the fair a refreshed visual identity for its 35th edition. Created in close collaboration with Art Brussels team, it re-affirms the fair’s positioning as a driving force and facilitator for culture in Brussels. More than simply a new logo, the new identity includes a unique typeface made for Art Brussels and will be present in all print and digital communication tools and on site. More details are to be announced soon in 2017.
Base Design is a leading international branding firm specializing in brand strategy and identity. Base was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1993 and maintains studios in New York, Brussels, Geneva and Los Angeles.
THE ARMORY SHOW: must-see work
February 15, 2017
Guidepost to the New World by Yayoi Kusama, from $1m
Image: © Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy the Artist, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo and Singapore, and Victoria Miro London
Eleven red-and-white shapes – some resembling bowling pins, some more like mushroom heads – emerge from the floor like glossy aluminium growths. The artist is Yayoi Kusama, the work is Guidepost to the New World (from $1m, edition of five), and it can be found at this year’s edition of New York art fair, The Armory Show, on March 2-5.
ART BASEL HONG KONG
17 ambitious large-scale projects
January 26, 2017
Art Basel in Hong Kong’s widely acclaimed Encounters sector – a unique platform dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptural installations that transcend the traditional art fair booth – returns this year with 17 projects by internationally renowned artists. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney, the 2017 edition will feature work by Pio Abad, Rasheed Araeen, Katharina Grosse, Gonkar Gyatso, Joyce Ho, Hu Qingyan, Bingyi, Waqas Khan, Kimsooja, Alicja Kwade, Dinh Q. Lê, Li Jinghu, Sanné Mestrom, Michael Parekowhai, Shen Shaomin, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Wang Wei. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 23 to March 25, 2017.
In this year’s edition of Encounters, curator Alexie Glass-Kantor explores the role time plays in an ‘encounter’, investigating the representation of time in art and how we use history, politics and culture to carve our own space in time. ‘For my third year curating the sector,’ Glass-Kantor explains, ‘I was interested in exploring the relationship between time and experience, specifically, how time is related to ’encounters.’ Glass-Kantor continues, ‘I have curated a selection of installations that encourage visitors to interact with each piece, in order to find their own interpretations.’
The Encounters sector will include four site-specific works and 12 new works by Rasheed Araeen, Katharina Grosse, Gonkar Gyatso, Joyce Ho, Hu Qingyan, Waqas Khan, Alicja Kwade, Dinh Q. Lê, Li Jinghu, Sanné Mestrom, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Wang Wei.
ART BRUSSELS, since 1968
January 9, 2017
Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s original and most established fairs, celebrates its 35th edition in 2017.
Since its inception, Art Brussels has evolved into one of the top European contemporary art fairs, and is a must-see in the international art calendar. Over 21 - 23 April 2017 (Preview 20 April 2017), the European capital becomes a focal point for collectors, gallerists and art lovers from all over the world. Art Brussels provides a unique opportunity to explore the artistic richness of the city, which is home today to an ever greater number of artists, galleries and curators.
Art Brussels 2017 from Friday 21 April until Sunday 23 April 2017
Preview: Thursday 20 April 2017
Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Art Brussels 2017 exhibitors in numbers
144 galleries in 4 sections:
30 in DISCOVERY
108 in PRIME
9 REDISCOVERY presentations
15 SOLO presentations 144 galleries from 28 countries
82% international (118 galleries)
24% newcomers to the fair (34 galleries)
62% exhibitors at Art Brussels 2016 (89 galleries)
14% return exhibitors from previous years (21 galleries)
The International Selection Committee for galleries in PRIME and REDISCOVERY and pre- selection of the SOLO presentations, is comprised of Belgian and international gallerists: Augusto Arbizo, 11R (New York) | Albert Baronian, Galerie Albert Baronian (Brussels) | Michael Callies, dépendance (Brussels) | Claudia Cargnel, Bugada & Cargnel (Paris) | Simon Devolder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) | Tania Doropoulos, Timothy Taylor (London, New York) | Rodolphe Janssen, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) | Thomas Krinzinger, Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) and Andrew Renton, Marlborough Contemporary (London).
The DISCOVERY Committee, for the selection of the DISCOVERY section, consists of a group of international curators and gallerists: Eva Birkenstock, Director, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (Düsseldorf) | Michael Callies, dépendance (Brussels) | Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation (London) | Zoë Gray, Senior Curator, Wiels (Brussels) | Nikolaus Oberhuber, co-owner, KOW Gallery (Berlin).
ART DUBAI 2017: its program
January 5, 2017
The 11th edition of Art Dubai will take place from 15 to 18 March 2017 at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai and will bring together more than 90 galleries from 44 countries, including 25 new exhibitors.
This is the first edition led by its new Director Myrna Ayad who is pleased to welcome galleries and countries that present themselves for the first time.
The section devoted to contemporary art will present 77 galleries, half of which will focus on one or two artists. The section on modern art, which aims to highlight masterpieces from Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia, will present 14 galleries from 13 countries.
Here are some very interesting elements of Art Dubai 2017 program:
- the Abraaj Group Art Prize
- the second edition of The Room
- the return of the Global Art Forum with 50 speakers from all over the world on the theme of "Trading Places"
FRIEZE LONDON: Frieze Artist Award 2017
December 19, 2016
The Frieze Artist Award is an international, open call for an artist 25–40 years of age to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze London 2017.
The chosen proposal will be presented as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme established in 2003 and curated by Raphael Gygax. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation.
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel including Cory Arcangel (artist), Eva Birkenstock (Director, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf ), Tom Eccles (Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Raphael Gygax (Curator, Frieze Projects & Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), chaired by Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze fairs).
The closing date for applications is 10 February 2017 at 17:00 GMT; and the winner will be announced in the Spring of 2017.
Proposals should be new, site-specific works, which respond to the dynamics of the London fair. Applicants will be judged on the innovative nature of their idea and its potential for realisation. Produced under the guidance of Curator Raphael Gygax and the Frieze Projects team, the Award will include a budget of up to £20,000 for production, research and development, artist fees and travel expenses.
The 2016 Frieze Artist Award was given to Yuri Pattison, who installed a networked artwork throughout Frieze London, exploring ‘trending’ data and systems of interpretation or control.
Explore previous projects here.
ART BRUSSELS 2017
December 5, 2016
Art Brussels is a contemporary art fair that takes place at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, a city sometimes considered as the most amazing artistic city in Europe.
The show brings together strong galleries and international emerging galleries whose number has gone from 191 to 140 galleries to ensure a better quality.
Open to the public from 21 to 23 April 2017, the show is expected to bring around 30,000 visitors for the next edition.
ART BASEL MIAMI 2016 reports
December 4, 2016
Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach closed amidst high praise from participating galleries reporting healthy sales across all levels of the market. The show featured 269 world-class galleries from 29 countries who presented exceptional works, ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary paintings, films, sculptures and installations by established and emerging artists.
In a challenging sociopolitical and economic landscape, this edition demonstrated that works of the highest quality presented by leading galleries continue to drive strong demand and solid attendance from serious international collectors.
Several galleries chose to present powerful and emotive works that address these issues, which collectors responded to with great interest.
Across the five show days, the fair attracted an attendance of 77,000, including influential private collectors, as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museum and institution groups.
Art Basel welcomed many longtime exhibitors back to the Miami Beach show, as well as 21 new galleries, including Callicoon Fine Arts; Christian Andersen; Clearing; Di Donna; Edouard Malingue Gallery; Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M; Galerie Greta Meert; Galerie Maria Bernheim; High Art; House of Gaga; joségarcía ,mx; JTT; Leo Xu Projects; Marc Selwyn Fine Art; Nanzuka; Off Vendome; Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte; The Box; Thomas Erben Gallery; Various Small Fires and Vigo Gallery.
Art Basel Miami, one of the best American fair.
ARTABAZOS MAGAZINE again at Art Paris
December 1, 2016
After a very good collaboration at the 2016 edition, Art Paris and Artabazos Magazine decided to renew the operation, so you can discover the next issue of the self-service magazine and also on our press stand.
Last release at Art Paris
The ALPINE A450 BY GHASS presented in Marseille
November 27, 2016
The ALPINE A450 BY GHASS was presented from 15 to 26 November 2016 at the famous train station Saint-Charles in Marseille in partnership with SNCF Gares and Connexions.
After 400 hours of production, this extraordinary work left the artist's workshop and entered the station of Marseille for its first stop.
The 13 being the fetish figure of the artist, it was important for him that Marseille, county number 13 and European capital of culture, represents the starting point of a new destiny for this Alpine A450.
ART PARIS 2017: the African continent in the spotlight
November 21, 2016
During this edition, the richness and diversity of contemporary African creation will be highlighted through a selection of galleries and artists from the African continent and diasporas.
A symposium, a video program and special projects will enrich this exploration and offer other perspectives on the energy and creative fertility of this part of the world.
ART BASEL MIAMI
November 3, 2016
At the nexus of North America and Latin America, Miami Beach show presents artworks from across the globe. The world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year.
With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America's most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.
Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as pieces by a new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, film and performance become part of the landscape at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park.
This year, over 200 of the world's leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.
Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing works created within the last three years, the Nova sector features strong juxtapositions and never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist's studio.
This sector allows curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from across the globe, by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project.
In a separately delineated space within their booths, galleries present a curated exhibition by an artist of their choice. The diverse curatorial concepts for Kabinett include thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo shows for rising stars.
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2017
October 26, 2016
Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 now has a list of exhibitors. The fifth edition of the fair will bring together 241 galleries from 34 countries and will put them in areas such as Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and, for the first time this year, the Kabinett sector.
There are some new arrivals on the list at Art Basel Hong Kong as the Buchholz Gallery, König Gallery, Luxembourg & Dayan and also new galleries based in Asia.
The fair will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from March 23-25, 2017.
ART PARIS 2016: some figures
October 12, 2016
• 52 948 visitors from 50 countries
• 6 500m2 at the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris
• 143 exhibitors from 22 countries
• 2.200 artists represented
• 48% foreign participants
• 52% French galleries
• 40% newcomers
• Over 155 advertisements in the French and international press
• 2 500 posters in central Paris
• 1 200 journalists accredited
• Some 600 articles in the media in 25 countries
• 551.713 hits on .com (240 106 single visitors).
THE ARMORY SHOW 2017: New York
April 26, 2016
The Armory Show announced today a new vision for the 2017 edition aimed at enhancing the quality of artwork on display, fostering young galleries and staging ambitious projects that activate and draw inspiration from the fair’s unique industrial venue on Piers 92 & 94 in Midtown Manhattan.
“The Armory Show is one of America’s oldest and most popular art fairs and a true destination on the international art circuit,” says Executive Director Benjamin Genocchio. “We want to be much more than a platform for the commercial, we want to play a greater intellectual role in the artistic life of New York, expanding our talks, programs, performances and commissioning of new artworks.”
Beginning in 2017, The Armory Show will encourage more thoughtful, tightly curated presentations through the introduction of new and evolved exhibitor sections and programming. The fair will increase its engagement with prominent international curators in the selection of artists and galleries, emphasizing solo-artist presentations, new projects and commissions.
Among the key developments for 2017, The Armory Show and The Armory Show – Modern will merge into a single fair for 20th and 21st century artworks with Galleries forming the core section of the fair. The former Modern section, established in 2009, will transition into Insights, a more concentrated presentation of solo-artist, dual-artist or thematic exhibitions of 20th century artworks. The successful Presents section will expand as a powerful platform for emerging galleries to showcase new work through solo- and dual-artist booths. After seven editions spotlighting artists from specific geographical regions, the Focus section will evolve to encompass solo and curated presentations of new or rarely seen artworks by today’s most compelling artists, selected by an appointed curator.
The 2017 edition will introduce Platform, a new curatorial initiative devoted to large-scale artworks, installations and performances that respond to and engage the expansive industrial spaces of Piers 92 & 94. Through Armory Live, visitors will experience interactive talks, performances and screenings at the fair and online.