The annual Armory Show (March 3-6) is so much more than an opportunity for uptown galleries to sell their back catalogues of Picasso etchings—but it has those, too, and that's what makes it great.
Like usual, the show will be split into its modern and contemporary venues, Pier 92 and 94 respectively, and will attract legions of art dealers and buyers to the cavernous space. In addition, the 2011 Exhibitors Focus will be Latin America. The show happens in conjunction with a number of auxiliary events like Artprojx Cinema (in conjunction with SVA Theater and VOLTA NY) and the multi-venue Armory Arts Week. More images and info. after the jump.
The Armory Show is a great opportunity to feel like you're a little closer to owning a piece by Henry Darger (because it's actually for sale and not hanging in a museum), or see work by some of the most acclaimed photographers working today like Wolfgang Tillmans. The fair/ showroom atmosphere seems to level the art plane and makes everything feel somehow more accessible and within reach, even if you're among the majority who are obviously just browsing.
Henry Darger Untitled (27 At Jennie Richee then they are taken to camp...) (detail), Andrew Edlin Gallery
Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer 102, James Barron Art