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Don’t Miss List - The Armory Show

By Jennifer Roberts, Halstead Property Agent & Neighborhood Expert

Thinking of looking at some art this weekend but don’t want to go to a museum? Then you are in luck because Thursday kicks off the annual Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side. The largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar, the show is visited by tens of thousands of people each March. The Armory has been the showpiece for some of the world’s most important modern and contemporary art galleries. 

“Founded in 1994 by dealers Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks, and Paul Morris as the Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the legendary Gramercy Park Hotel, The Armory Show acquired its new title in 1999 following the fair’s migration to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. The name was a homage to the legendary 1913 exhibition of the same name that also took place in this building, which famously showcased works by avant-garde European artists never previously seen on American soil side-by-side with their American counterparts. This original Armory Show is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York, and its eclectic and unorthodox mix of genres, juxtaposing Vincent van Gogh alongside Marcel Duchamp  and Edward Hopper, has been a source of inspiration for ensuing decades and continues to linger today, 100 years later.” 

The Armory Show - Modern on Pier 92 features renowned international galleries specializing in Modern and secondary market material. The Armory Show - Contemporary on Pier 94 is a renowned venue to premiere new works by living artists. This section of the fair is dedicated to showcasing international galleries, invited exhibitors as part Armory Focus, and Solo Projects, featuring single artist presentations by a selection of emerging galleries and artists. 

You can visit the show Thursday, March 7th - Saturday, March 9th, 12pm to 7 pm and Sunday, March 10th, 12pm to 7 pm. Tickets are available online or at the show. 

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