New York celebrates 25 years of the Armory Show
#NEW YORK The city that never sleeps celebrates the 25th anniversary of the legendary artfair “Armory Show” that has been held for several years on the docks of the Hudson River West Side. This year, some 190 galleries from around the world are presenting works of modern art in the most conceptual installations. It should be noted that for this 25th anniversary, the fair has engaged the services of the highly prized curator Lauren Haynes for the Focus part. Lauren Haynes directed the Studio Museum in Harlem for about ten years before most recently taking over as director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she hosted the exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”a very trendy subject in the Trump era. It is therefore not surprising but with great pleasure that Focus offers a wide range of African-American artistic creation.
The selection she proposes at Pier 90, one of the 3 exhibition centres, is uncompromising and of high quality. We will note the very committed solo show inspired by the jérôme Poggi gallery (the only French gallery selected in this very popular square). An accorchage in the air of the time proposed by North American Kapawani Kiwanga. Inspired by the “The Negro Motorist Green Book”, this “tourist guide” indicating the places that accepted coloured people from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, Kapawani Kiwanga isolates each of the states listed in the “green book” into a linear and “dehumanized” inventory.
This proposal at the entrance of the fair sets the tone and remains engraved in your memory as you visit the following stands. The highlighting of these artists, whose strength had already been measured for some of them at Miami Art Basel, is a rather unique opportunity to experience so many transgenerational perspectives and dialogues in a world in transition in the same forum. Each one offers his own personal history, in very different artistic approaches and approaches: from figurative to abstract, from painting to ancestral embroidery techniques… They combine in this way and create a strange and original bridge between past, present and desirable future.
March 7 to 10, 2019Piers
90, 92, and 94West
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