The currently huge event started in 1994, so we can expect an over-the-top celebration for its 25th anniversary next year. Nevertheless, it’s still 2018, and the present is what interests us now. With almost two hundred galleries from more than thirty countries worldwide, this year’s edition is something not to miss, especially because of its well-curated and extensive program and sections.
As always, the art world’s elite will be present at Piers 92 & 94. But we must highlight that some of them were absent in previous editions and are now coming back. Among them, massive galleries like Perrotin, Gagosian, and Regen Projects. Also, other established ones like Pearl Lam participate for the first time ever. There must be something in New York’s air… As for artists, big names (or brands, as you prefer) will also be there: Yayoi Kusama, JR, and Tara Donovan among others will have their works exhibited – and even commissioned installations. As well, key figures like Hermann Nitsch and Hans Ulrich Obrist will be there to participate in talks and conversations regarding the art world and the art market.
Actually, we’ll start our shortlist of recommendations with Hermann Nitsch’s talk on March 8 at 5 pm as part of Armory Live, a program of panels and talks between artists, curators, and other professionals related to the industry. The avant-garde and provocateur Austrian artist, who shook Europe’s (and the world’s) society in the 1960s together with Günter Brus and Otto Muehl, will have a conversation with writer Robert C. Morgan about his radical five-decade career. Also, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpetine Galleries (London) and art maverick, will give a keynote on Friday 9 at 3 pm about exhibition making in the 21st century.