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The Armory Show 2016: Exhibitors

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The Armory Show is taking place March 3-6, 2016 on in New York City. Established in 1994 and held annually on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show is New York’s premier international art fair. In its 22nd year, The Armory Show will host 204 galleries from 36 countries worldwide – the fair’s largest international representation to date.

While the presence of American and European galleries remains extremely strong, exhibitors from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America represent a growing proportion of the fair’s international exhibitors. The galleries represented at The Armory Show 2016 have locations in: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Armory Presents, now in its third edition, highlights the programs of emerging galleries with single- and dual-artist presentations by galleries fewer than ten years old. Highlights from this section include: Ed Fornieles, who will activate his Fox persona at Carlos/Ishikawa (London), turning the booth into an interactive data hub. Julian Charrière will melt, transmute and amalgamate elements of modern technology to create a unique sculptural installation at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM (Berlin). Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto) will exhibit two recent bodies of work from Canadian-born and internationally recognized polymath Douglas Coupland. At Garth Greenan Gallery (New York), new and historical works by Gladys Nilsson will be juxtaposed against the contemporary presentations. The American photographer and sculptor Letha Wilson will have her first solo art fair presentation with Higher Pictures (New York). At Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York), David Scanavino will create a sculptural environment, covering the floor wall-to-wall with colorful linoleum tiles.

Armory Focus, now in its seventh edition, is an invitational section on Pier 94 that spotlights the artistic landscape of a different region each year. Focus: African Perspectives – Spotlighting Artistic Practices of Global Contemporaries, moves beyond conventional ideas of the African continent and its “counterpart,” “the Western hemisphere,” providing a glimpse of international artistic production from contemporary African viewpoints. The 2016 Armory Focus is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of Contemporary And (C&), an online platform for international art from African perspectives.

For the first time in the history of The Armory Show, the fair will welcome galleries from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria. Additionally, other countries represented include: France, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each booth will feature a solo or dual presentation, highlighting emerging and established artists from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Presentation highlights include: Art Twenty One (Lagos) will present the photographic works of half-Guinean, half-Swiss photographer, Namsa Leuba, whose theatric imagery combines an interest in anthropology, performance and fashion. Blank will present the work of FNB Art Prize-winner Turiya Magadlela: By stretching and folding common cloths such as sheeting and nylon across wooden frames, Magadlela creates soft, sometimes translucent large-scale panels reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi) will exhibit the work of Kenyan-born and Rotterdam based multimedia artist, Ato Malinda, whose three video installations and a twelve part photography series address the intersectionality of lesbian, African, Diaspora and queer aesthetics within and outside the LGBT community. Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle) will present Nigerian-born Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, whose drawings depict a floating and quasi-evanescent universe, filled with dream-like creatures that emphasize her nomadic worldview. Vigo Gallery (London) will present rare, museum-quality works from the 1960s to present by revered Sudanese painter, Ibrahim El-Salahi. This extraordinary presentation includes works exhibited in “Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist” at the Tate Modern in 2013. A recently completed black and white painting, as well as a very significant pen and ink drawing from the 1960s, will both be shown for the first time. Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin) and Galerie Jérôme Poggi (Paris) will dually present Armory Commissioned Artist, Kapwani Kiwanga. Kiwanga’s Commission will consist of a new project specially conceived for The Armory Show and realized by Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin). Kiwanga has a versatile practice that often takes shape through video, sound and performance, relying on ephemera and collective history to form the bases of her approach.

Donatella Taranto

  • Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show
  • Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show
  • Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show