Saturday, March 9, 2013

NY Armory Show 2013: Top 11 Things to See

There are a bunch of art fairs in New York City through this weekend. Of course, the biggest is the Armory Show. Here is a look at what I thought was most interesting:


1. Yossi Milo Gallery, Booth 714


Yossi Milo continues to show a broad range of approaches to photography. Featured this year are work by Julie Cockburn, Matthew Brandt, Pieter Hugo, Mark Ruwadel, and Myoung Ho Lee.

Julie Cockburn at Yossi Milo

Julie Cockburn at Yossi Milo
Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo 
Myoung Ho Lee at Yossi Milo
Matthew Brandt at Yossi Milo

2.  Michael Kohn Gallery, Booth 509


I like the cacophony of signs and symbols in the paintings of Ryan McGinness and the idiosyncratic wackiness of Dennis Hollingsworth.

Ryan McGinness at Micheal Kohn
Ryan McGinness at Micheal Kohn (detail)
Ryan McGinness at Micheal Kohn
Ryan McGinness at Micheal Kohn (detail)
Ryan McGinness at Micheal Kohn (detail)
Dennis Hollingsworth at Micheal Kohn


3. David Reed at Peter Blum, Booth 705b


The preparatory sketches and working notes for David Reed's abstract paintings offered  insight into his process. This collection was the pleasant surprise of the show.




David Reed at Peter Blum
David Reed at Peter Blum
David Reed at Peter Blum
David Reed at Peter Blum
David Reed at Peter Blum
David Reed at Peter Blum

David Reed at Peter Blum



4. Mel Bochner at Two Palms


Bochner showed two large monoprints with collaged elements. Paint like candy.


Mel Bochner at Two Palms
Mel Bochner at Two Palms
Mel Bochner at Two Palms (detail)
Mel Bochner at Two Palms (detail)


5. Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie


I like that several galleries focused on the work of a sole artist. Mai 36 Gallerie showed a body of work by Matt Mullican titled Glen turns 40, 1973 - 2013. Mullican wrote: "In 1973, I wanted to prove that stick figures live lives."


Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie
Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie
Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie
Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie
Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie
Matt Mullican at Mai 36 Gallerie

6. Tony Tassett at Kavi Gupta


Tasset produced an incredibly life-like, life-sized snowman made out of glass and resin titled Snowman with Yellow Glove.

Tony Tassett at Kavi Gupta

7. Leo Koenig Gallery, Booth 511


Leo Koenig showed work by Tony Matelli, Brandon Lattu, Anoka Faruqee, among others.

Leo Koenig Gallery, front of Booth 
Brandon Lattu at Leo Koenig (detail) 
Brandon Lattu at Leo Koenig
Tony Matelli at Leo Koenig
Anoka Faruqee at Leo Koenig
Anoka Faruqee at Leo Koenig
Anoka Faruqee at Leo Koenig (detail)

8. Galerie Eva Presenhuber


Galerie Eva Presenhuber displayed work by Carroll Dunham, Ugo Rondinone, Jay DeFeo and Doug Aitken, and Andrew Lord among others. 


Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber
Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber
Doug Aitken at Eva Presenhuber
Carroll Dunham at Eva Presenhuber 
Andrew Lord at Eva Presenhuber


9. Georg Baselitz at Galerie Michael Schultz, Booth 426


Good to see a piece by a master of German Neo-Expressionism.


Georg Baselitz at Michael Schultz


10.  Jason Martin


I saw the work of Jason Martin at a number of galleries, including Wettterling, Galerie Forsblom, and Lisson Gallery.


Jason Martin at Wetterling
Jason Martin at Lisson


11. Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects, Booth 910


I'm not sure how drug paraphernalia, comedian Richard Pryor, boxer Joe Louis and chess grandmaster Bobby Fisher all tie together, but I liked the manic energy of Todd Pavlisko's installation at Samson Projects.


Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects
Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects
Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects
Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects
Todd Pavlisko at Samson Projects

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