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The Armory Show
Pier 92 and 94, , 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
March 7, 2013 - March 10, 2013


Armory 2013: An alien's A-Z of New York's premier art fair
by Char Jansen


A is for...

Art. Obviously. 

B is for...

Bloomberg. Read his speech in a particularly dispassionate manner, but apparently the Armory show is 'fun, and good for the economy!' 

C is for..

Champagne. Free Pommery from 12 - 1 for some. Kudos for being the fair to crack open the booze earliest. 

D is for... 

Daytime drunks. Following indulgence in above mentioned compacted time frame.

E is for... 

Elitism. it still abounds, even across the pond.

F is for..

Faux casual. The Armory Show look du jour; trying too hard to really be relaxed.

G is for... 

Gallery girls. The honey traps of the art world.

H is for... 

Hectic. The Armory Show is just the start - next up is The Art Show, Independent, Moving Image, SCOPE, Volta and countless others opening this week.

I is for…

Investment pieces: subtle but enduring. Cindy Sherman or a neon light piece by Tim Noble and Sue Webster is top of our wish list from this year's exhibitors.

J is for…

Jolie-laideur. Like gross 'still life' video-paintings by Chinese artist Wang Gongxin.

K is for… 

Kissing. Of the air variety bien sur. Though notably less of this compared to European fairs. Americans are clearly frigid. 

L is for… 

Lists. Press? collector? dealer? industry professional? V.I.P? morning preview? lunch time preview? afternoon preview? pre-opening? opening? I don't even know my own name anymore.

M is for… 

Money. It's all about the moolah, all said and done. 

N is for... 

Next big thing. But hang on, wasn't it supposed to be that other one... 

O is for... 

Oh god, I'm running out of steam with this.

P is for... 

Piers: 94 vs 92.

Q is for... 

Quixotic galleristas. Find one who isn't.

R is for... 

Roller decks. Stack, swap and repeat.

S is for... 

Showcase. Currently ranking high on the most overused words in art speak, alongside fellow siblient, 'satellite event'.

T is for... 

Turtlenecks. In surprisingly low numbers, despite the bracing winds. 

U is for... 

Unfinished. As some of the works appeared to be. And as this A-Z is, before we get to the tricky letters. 

 

Charlotte Jansen

(Image on top: Champagne bar at the Armory ; © photo by Natalie Hegert)



Posted by Char Jansen on 3/8/13

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