The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94 March 2-5/2017

Posted: March 20, 2017 in NYC Art Shows, Uncategorized
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The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair focusing on 20th and 21st century art. It was founded by four New York Galleries: Colin de Land; Pat Hearn; Matthew Marks; and Paul Morris. Throughout its 23 years, The Armory Show has stayed firm to its mission while establishing itself as a not-to-be-missed art event set in the heart of The Big Apple.

Here are some of the best artists that were showing at The Armory:

Anton Van Dolen  was born in in Amstelveen, Holland, immigrated to  New York City in 1972 and has lived in the East Village documenting the dramatic cultural shifts in the neighborhood through paintings, drawings, prints, stencils, collage works and performances. He captured the changing scene in the East Village, depicting the transformation of people, cars and storefronts on Avenue A. He later drew satirical  images of  the decaying tension and the vibrancy of the 1970’s and 1980’s of commercialization  and the nostalgia of a bygone era. His amazing portrayal of pop culture icons like McDonald’s signs and Coca Cola are quite candid in a humorous way. He is represented by The P.P.O.W Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

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Kim Simonsson has done a  series of “Moss People.” Simonsson, from Finland, has created wonderful  sculptures  of people and animals made out of moss green garden scrubs .They are quite freaky  and surreal. The exhibit consists of several ceramic figures that portray the artist’s twisted world of cutesy pop aesthetics and suspenseful violent scenes. He is represented by Galerie Forsblom in Finland.

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Frances Goodman hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work plays on the border of animate and inanimate. One of her latest series of works, “Lady Garden,”features a collection of drooping, exotic, tropical, fake-nail flowers. They have a Dr. Seuss and Jessica Rabbit  cartoon-like feel to them, although Ms. Goodman is trying for a more profound statement of  today’s society. Her work is quite imaginative and a huge eye opener. She is represented by SMAC Gallery in South Africa.

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Armin Boehm  was born in Germany and lives in Berlin. Her  work consists of fictitious and impossible scenes based on urban landscapes. She creates ciaos in the big cities that have all the craziness going on as she takes it to the most distorted extreme. Her images of nightmares are transformed into a humorous paintings, using all dark and gray colors. She is represented by Frances Scaminini Gallery.

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Finally, two American identical twin brothers, Doug and Mike Starn, create conceptual photographic and photo-based mixed media works utilizing canonical images to comment on chaos. Their untitled (’67 Jagger mugshot)  is an interesting look at Mick Jagger from when he had his picture taken during an police arrest in England. it’s quite a hoot seeing Mick in that light! They are represented by The Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm,Sweden.

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If there is a theme to all these artists that I picked to write about that I can put into one word, it would be “chaos.” Art is not always a pretty, but always fascinating, and that’s what makes art shows like the Armory great!

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